No Blooms on Geraniums

I live in the sandhills of NC. Every year I purchase the most beautiful geraniums. They look great until around July when it appears that something is eating out the bloom pods before they can even open. I never see any insects but I have applied fungicide/insecticide with no results.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

It sounds as though your plants have geranium budworms, also known as tobacco budworm. Because the worm quickly tunnels into the flower bud, few insecticides are effective in controlling it. Synthetic pyrethroids such as permethrin, cyfluthrin, or bifenthrin are the most effective controls. Also, ivy geraniums tend to be less susceptible to geranium budworm feeding injury.


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