April 13

How To Know Your Trees Are Blooming Properly

Seasonal, Trees


It is springtime, which means that there are many trees that are blooming and looking the most beautiful they will look all year long. Of course, this is also the time of the year when our allergies are in full bloom – but don’t let that get you down. Spring is a busy time for our trees, they are doing quite a bit of work that will set them up for a healthy year.

However, sometimes our trees aren’t doing so well. Spring is also the time of the year when we can see if our trees need some of our help. Whether they need more nutrients, some treatment, or they just need some pruning, there is a lot that your trees will try to communicate during this time.

Want to know if your trees are blooming properly and feeling healthy? Here are some ways that you can tell:

You Can Check The Growth

Blooming tree
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  • Measure distance between buds
  • Make sure the tree is producing new buds
  • Average growth varies

One of the best things about blooming trees is that you can use those blooms to measure the health of your trees. If you see new blooms in areas where they weren’t before, you will be able to track tree growth. Even better, these new buds and their health can tell you quite a bit about what is going on inside of the tree.

According to The Spruce, “Trees produce new growth yearly on both their trunk and their branches. You should look to see how much growth has occurred in the past year by checking the distance between this year’s buds and last year’s (evidenced by scars on the branch). The average growth varies by the tree, so check to see what you should expect.”

Pay Attention To the Weather

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  • Trees can sense the weather
  • Weather impacts tree growth
  • Monitor weather patterns

One of the most important things you can do if you are worried about the health of your trees is to monitor the weather. You see, trees are able to sense the day length through something called phytochrome, which is a blue pigment that exists in two forms in trees. The native phytochrome converts into an activated phytochrome when it is hit by red light. When it is in the dark, the activated phytochrome goes back to its original form. The amount of time between red light and dark light is able to be measured by the trees, according to Northern Woodlands.

It is through this process that they understand whether or not the weather is changing. Longer nights result in the production of something called abscisic acid, which is what stops buds from growing during the colder, darker months. If we are going through a particularly gloomy, dark, or rainy period, it is common for trees to not have as many buds as they did during the warmer years.

Make Sure You Know What Type of Tree You Have

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  • Many people don’t know
  • Blooms can tell you the truth
  • Easily decipher between closely-related species

You would be surprised how many people don’t know the kind of trees that they have in their yards. Many trees look similar, making it difficult to distinguish between species. Even though two species may resemble each other, the type of care that they need is actually quite different.

According to The Family Handy Man, you can use the blooms to decipher just what kind of tree you have and then you can use that information to see if they are blooming properly, “First, consider the color (although this isn’t a fail-safe method, since plant breeders have expanded the color palette in the cultivars they have developed). More helpful is to consider when the flower appears and what it looks like. Flower types include single blooms, clustered blooms or catkins (pictured), which are dense hanging spikes that look like tassels. Many trees bloom in spring, but some flower in summer or even early fall, helping you eliminate certain tree species as you investigate.”

Once again, if you know what is going on with your trees, you will be able to know when nature is sending you a sign.

What To Do If Your Tree Isn’t Blooming Properly

Cherry Tree
Credit: Cindy Gustafson
  • Sometimes a perfectly healthy tree won’t bloom one year
  • Weather conditions can impact blooming
  • Pruning can help

When people notice a tree that isn’t blooming properly, they tend to assume the tree is dying. That isn’t always the case. Instead, sometimes the tree is just going through a rough patch or the weather conditions didn’t help it to bloom. For years where it is still extremely cold at night or in the mornings, you might see some bloom dieback so that the tree isn’t as vibrant as other years.

If you see that your blooms are fading quickly, you can get them pruned. This may not help for the current year, but it will help to guide the tree toward healing so that it will bloom properly the next year, according to The Arbor Day Foundation.

The key to proper blooms is that they are pruned at the appropriate time of the year – if you don’t, you may inhibit them from blooming at all.

Contact Menchhofer Tree Care for all of your tree care needs – we can help you at any stage of the tree process, from planting and taking care of your tree to pruning and cutting it down – and of course, any seasonal problems that you might have with your trees. If you are having trouble making decisions about how to best care for your tree, we are there to help you at any time. Remember that acting sooner rather than later will help you to get the most out of your trees and keep your home safe.

Call us today at 317-661-4240.

Header photo courtesy of  Dan4th Nicholas on Flickr!

Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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