Pyracantha Plants
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pyracantha with few flowers

Zone Cornwall | stiveshake added on May 30, 2015 | Answered

Our pyracantha, or firethorn, seems to have very few flowers which always drop off before turning into berries. This has happened for about 4 years now. It grows against a fence and has sun for most of the day. A camellia growing next to it thrives. My wife is threatening to dig it up and burn it. Is there anything we can try to get it to perform better please?

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shelley
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Answered on May 30, 2015

Camellias thrive in acidic soil, whereas firethorn - not so much. So I think therein lies the difference - it's the soil. There are ways to modify soil to make it less acidic, as discussed in the following article:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/lower-acid-soil.htm

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