Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering Period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
In May and June the arching stems of this suckering, deciduous shrub are smothered with masses of small, deep pink, trumpet-like flowers. It makes a graceful backdrop to a sunny mixed or shrub border, and thrives in a wide range of soil conditions, including chalk.
- Garden care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once the plant has developed a good-sized clump, thin out the stems by cutting back 1 in 3 of the older, flowering stems to their base. This should be done after they have finished flowering in midsummer.
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Q:I have had this plant for three years, grown in perfect conditions in good Essex clay. It has not flowered at all, not even buds. It is in the sunniest, warmest sheltered spot and receives the same care and attention as other shrubs and flowers in that border. It has masses of arching branches, just no flowers.Asked on 19/7/2014 by EssexTel from South Essex, UK
Sorry to hear that your Kolkwitzia hasn't flowered.
There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients, but it sounds as though you are doing everything right. I am not really sure why yours has not yet produced flowers, but given time and the right conditions, there is no reason why it won't flower. You can often give them a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 21/7/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
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