Aronia berry not wanting to bud

LiveOak1234567890April 8, 2014

I have an aronia berry that I started last year. It grew quite well last year and dropped its leaves during the winter. Now that the weather has warmed up again, I'm concerned that the plant hasn't come out of dormancy. It's been in the 70's and 80's here for several weeks. Even my pecan tree is leafing out and it's notorious for being a late starter. Scratching the bark shows there's green underneath. I'm still new to raising aronias so I'm not sure what to expect. Is this normal behavior for them or is there a trick to get them started for the new year?

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

It was new last year, so leave it alone for now.

Knowing where you are, what type of aronia it is and how much shade its in would also help.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 8:17PM
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I'm in San Antonio Texas. The aronia is the black variety (Aronia melanocarpa). It gets morning and noon time sun, afternoon shade.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 11:09PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Sometimes, for reasons no one knows, a woody plant never breaks dormancy. There's nothing you can do but wait.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 1:51PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

I have an Aronia melanocarpa that took a long time to break dormancy its first spring, although mine was in a bit more shade. I understand your concern given where you are, but as mentioned, you can only wait. I've heard of a minimal thermoperiod for flowering with Aronia, but I'm not sure about breaking dormancy. Do you see them growing in your area?


Edit: Dang those splitters and lumpers. I forgot they call these Photinia melanocarpa now.

This post was edited by tsugajunkie on Wed, Apr 9, 14 at 16:15

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 4:10PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i have had transplants of various kinds .. after the first winter ... bud out months late ... who knows why ...


    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:42AM
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