Posted by mike on July 13, 2003 at 21:43:41:
In Reply to: sweetbay magnolia posted by kludy on July 12, 2003 at 19:09:33:
: I planted a sweetbay a year ago. Receives 1/2 day sun, then bright shade. Foliage is doing beautifully...but...all the flower buds got nice and white and fat but turned brown right before bloom. Unoppenned petals then fell off. Can anyone help?????
probably thrips. they are bugs who live in buds and flowers; thrips suck the juices out of these parts. otherwise the problem could be from juvenility. the plant is growing vegetatively and until it's mature may not flower. Other causes of bud drop are heat stress and drought stress.