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I normally don’t repot this early but the flower buds were starting to extend so I took the opportunity. Pruned 50% or more of flower buds off cutting it back but last year 50% of them didn’t develop. Not sure why..... maybe it will only support so many and that’s that. @Osoyoung got any thoughts? CA7B4745-E3B8-4DD2-8D37-0D814209ABA9.jpeg
 

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I normally don’t repot this early but the flower buds were starting to extend so I took the opportunity. Pruned 50% or more of flower buds off cutting it back but last year 50% of them didn’t develop. Not sure why..... maybe it will only support so many and that’s that. @Osoyoung got any thoughts? View attachment 288695
Yours looks good, @ABCarve, especially in that pot of yours!

The whole flowering thing is quite mysterious to me. But in brief, I dunno why.

My understanding is that flower buds in 'all' woody species are set sometime after the summer solstice. Once a vegetative bud had morphed into a flower bud it never goes back. So, my only thoughts are that maybe you mistook vegetative buds to be flower buds. Otherwise, a flower bud that doesn't develop would be one that was abandoned --> desiccated and dropped off.

btw, I picked up a not-so healthy one of these on sale last fall. I repotted it about two weeks ago and it has two flowers! I'll be watching more closely!
 

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Yours looks good, @ABCarve, especially in that pot of yours!

The whole flowering thing is quite mysterious to me. But in brief, I dunno why.

My understanding is that flower buds in 'all' woody species are set sometime after the summer solstice. Once a vegetative bud had morphed into a flower bud it never goes back. So, my only thoughts are that maybe you mistook vegetative buds to be flower buds. Otherwise, a flower bud that doesn't develop would be one that was abandoned --> desiccated and dropped off.

btw, I picked up a not-so healthy one of these on sale last fall. I repotted it about two weeks ago and it has two flowers! I'll be watching more closely!
That could very well be true. I’ll have to pay closer attention as they develop.
 

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Looks great. Been after a Corylopsis for a while.
I actually should refer to it as Corylopsis. I catch grief about using the “hazel” for this and witch hazel (hamamelis) from the Europeans.
 

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My understanding is that flower buds in 'all' woody species are set sometime after the summer solstice. Once a vegetative bud had morphed into a flower bud it never goes back. So, my only thoughts are that maybe you mistook vegetative buds to be flower buds. Otherwise, a flower bud that doesn't develop would be one that was abandoned --> desiccated and dropped off.

btw, I picked up a not-so healthy one of these on sale last fall. I repotted it about two weeks ago and it has two flowers! I'll be watching more closely!
That could very well be true. I’ll have to pay closer attention as they develop.
I was just looking at mine and have noticed that the only buds I can see right now are fat buds at branch tips and they are all flowers! Enough are now cracked and showing yellow to convince me that every one of them are indeed flowers. I don't see a sign of anything that would be a vegetative bud - later maybe.
 

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I was just looking at mine and have noticed that the only buds I can see right now are fat buds at branch tips and they are all flowers! Enough are now cracked and showing yellow to convince me that every one of them are indeed flowers. I don't see a sign of anything that would be a vegetative bud - later maybe.

My youngun is loaded with flower buds. Nary a vegetative bud to be found. EBF38CCB-BD28-45F0-B433-C3FDB4EC02A1.jpeg
 

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I was just looking at mine and have noticed that the only buds I can see right now are fat buds at branch tips and they are all flowers! Enough are now cracked and showing yellow to convince me that every one of them are indeed flowers. I don't see a sign of anything that would be a vegetative bud - later maybe.
As I remember the leaf will emerge from the base of the flowers. I don’t remember how a purely vegetative bud develops.
They are a lot of fun. We’ll have to compare notes.
 

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Check View attachment 294768

Mine doesn't have any signs of any other leaves yet.
Wow! My flowers are still extending...must be the climate.....its snowing here now!! Do you know if your flowers get longer?

Here's a wasp hiding out from the snow shower.
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These are the buds I can't remember if they dry up and fall off, turn into a late flower or simply turn into a leaf. I think I see a leaf developing on the upper shortened flower.

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I cut it back pretty hard this year for the repot so flowers have been reduced but I hope to see a nice top develop this year. Nodes are really long on this plant for the most part. I'm not sure if it's in its nature to reduce or if it really matters.

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Do you know if your flowers get longer?
They didn't get as long as a quarter of an inch before dropping petals as leaves emerged. This one of mine is a neglected corylopsis pauciflora ('buttercup') that I'm trying to nurse back to health. I think flowers and leaves are inherently smaller than spicata.
 

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They didn't get as long as a quarter of an inch before dropping petals as leaves emerged. This one of mine is a neglected corylopsis pauciflora ('buttercup') that I'm trying to nurse back to health. I think flowers and leaves are inherently smaller than spicata.
Ah -ha! Now I know why the one I have in the ground doesn't extend. Thanks!
 

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This is interesting.....the extending flower spikes now have multiple leaves instead of just one emerging from the base. It never did that before...maybe just maturing from the restyle???? Anyway that gives hope that internodes can tighten up.
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Buds that were put out in the fall are flower buds, albeit abbreviated at times. Singular leaf buds will emerge after flowering and will appear at the base of last years leaves which did not produce a flower bud.

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I planted my winter hazel in an oversized pot to let it grow out for a couple of years and pretty much ignored it this summer. It has exploded with new growth. A lot of the new branches are crossing and rubbing together. In zone 7 would it be ok to prune it back in mid August or should I just leave it until spring? I don’t care about the flowers.
 

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