No flowers blooming?
I started my seeds in peat pods I set them outside on my garden bench and the birds ripped them up before I had a chance to plant them. Well I babied them and also planted seeds outside with the peat pods and now they finally grew but I am not seeing any flower buds. Can you please tell me how to encourage blooms on canterberry bells & chinese lanterns? It has beeen a dry summer in Pottsville, PA. There are some kind of bugs eating holes in the leaves of my chinese lanterns.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

When grown from seed, most perennials spend their entire first season establishing their root systems and put off flowering until their second season. Water deeply once a week during your hot, dry weather to promote root growth. Apply a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10, for example) in spring and you'll be rewarded with blooms. Finally, the pests chewing holes in your Chinese lantern leaves are probably slugs. Sprinkle the ground around your plants with diatomaceous earth, which is too coarse for tender-bodied slugs to traverse.

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