flower bud


Definition of flower bud

: a plant bud that produces only a flower

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It must be applied when the temperature will be above freezing for at least 24 hours and before the leaf or flower buds start to open. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Lumpy infestation on magnolia tree is likely scale," 30 Aug. 2019 Some cooks feel basil has the best fragrance and taste when the flower buds begin to appear. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Let healthy cherry tomato plants continue to produce," 24 Aug. 2019 Shrubs that bloom in spring, such as azaleas, must get their flower buds through the winter. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, "Growers set their sights on developing re-bloomers for the garden," 21 Aug. 2019 Shrubs that bloom in spring, such as azaleas, must get their flower buds through the winter. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Sunflowers in October? Breeders are racing to develop plants that flower again and again.," 21 Aug. 2019 Phenological events are standard for plants and include the appearance of leaf and flower buds, blossoming, fruit development, fruit harvest and leaf colouration and fall. Jennifer Fitchett, Quartz Africa, "These scientists tracked South Africa’s sardine run over 66 years," 4 Aug. 2019 Mums and asters will bloom in summer unless the flower buds are pinched or cut. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "Ten tips to ensure a healthy lawn during a Colorado summer," 27 June 2019 If the cold weather was right when strawberries started to bloom, flower buds there are damaged. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Rainy spring will delay start of season for some Illinois berry farms," 6 June 2019 Most tulips sprout a single flower bud, but a few varieties have up to four on a single stem. 4. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "19 Facts Every Tulip Lover Should Know," 16 July 2015

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First Known Use of flower bud

1703, in the meaning defined above

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