How do I tell where next year's flower buds are set on my ES?

ostrich(3a AB)September 7, 2008

Is this possible at all, at this stage in zone 5? Anyway, I have these questions on flower buds on Endless Summer:

1. Are they those little growth at the internodes?

2. If I prune certain branches or stems now, will it promote the other stems to get more flower buds?

3. If I deliberately prune the stems with the flower buds now, will it make the remaining stems with the flower buds have bigger blooms next year?

Thanks!

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ditas

Hi Ostrich -
I was wondering similarly, but on my old Nikko rather than ES. I've been observing closely as she behaved quite strangely, this season (despite a much better over-wintering & canes survival). Just today I found those little fat buds (at the nodes/petiole joints) very likely, our overnite temps dropping to 50s-upper 40s & lower temps lingering through noon, must have summoned them!

Glyn Church's chapter 9 covers thoroughly the subject of pruning - when & how (diagrams included) even distinguishes between the fat buds which holds the 'flower heads' & the smaller 'growth buds'. Your ??? will be answered to satisfaction, plus more!

I recently purchased Glyn's book for a gift & read through/took notes on pruning. Dirr's chapt.12 on pruning is not as detailed. You might want to get your hands on this book. Amazon has the more recent edition - I'm sure & should include pruning chapter as well.

BTW Glyn says to prune in Winter or Spring - I guess if you do now those buds might just decide to emerge!

Good luck!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 11:06PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

Thanks, ditas!

I took a chance and did an experiment this year. I basically pruned right after the blooms in July. Then I pruned last week some entire branches of my ES with these swelling buds (didn't know whether they were flower buds or not though.... yes, I need that book!!!). I wondered if that would promote the remaining buds to become bigger blooms next spring. In any case, the plant is less dense and has more space for air circulation. I can't wait to see how things turn out!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 12:15AM
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