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Asked by Anonymous on June 26, 2011
Snowballs

I have had 3 snowball bushes planted in the same spot for 2 and half years and they never have bloomed yet. They are about 2 feet tall, full of leaves, nice and full. But every afternoon they are in the shade and they wilt. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Help?

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Nikki
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Asked by KathyG on April 7, 2012
Why Does My Snowball Bush Flower but Not in “Balls”?

I have a well established snowball bush that flowers every year along branches but does not form the typical ball. What could cause this and how do I correct it? It is in full afternoon sun with only a small Hydragnea near it.

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Heather
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The plant is likely getting a smidge too little light, which is making it a bit leggy and causes the flowers to be looser than they should be. If you can thin the surrounding shade a bit, perhaps through selective pruning for nearby trees, this should help it tighten up the flower heads.

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