Flower balling

The fully-developed buds of double flowers, such as roses and peonies, sometimes fail to open. This problem is known as ‘balling’ and usually occurs in wet weather conditions. However, it is possible to rescue some of the affected flowers.

Save to My scrapbook
Rose balling

Quick facts

Common name Flower balling
Plants affected Roses, peonies and camellias
Main symptoms Flower buds turn brown and fail to open
Main causes Wet, shady conditions
Timing Spring and summer

Join the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9

Join now

Gardeners' calendar

Find out what to do this month with our gardeners' calendar

Advice from the RHS

You may also like

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.