Pussy Willow Trees
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Pussy Willow Bush

Zone 44146 | Anonymous added on July 11, 2017 | Answered

why is my pussy willow bush not blooming catkins? I planted it from a cutting in the summer (after blooming season), and it thrived the first year, but didn't bud much. Later that 2nd summer the leaves became covered in little brown fuzzy things -- about 1/8" diameter. I thought they killed the plant, so I clipped off the branches in the fall. The following spring (this year), new branches grew, but nothing resembling buds appeared. It has a lot of leaves now, which are jagged around the edges. I started to think maybe I was growing a very strong weed (it's about 5-6' tall now), so I did some research, and found some information about this plant sometimes having serrate margins, so I hope it's still the pussy willow. So, I guess my question is why it is not blooming. Do I need to feed it something? Thank you for your guidance.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on July 12, 2017

Pruning needs to done after blooming, so pruning at other times can remove the next seasons catkins.
Here is a link to refresh on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/pussy-willow/growing-pussy-willows.htm

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