Originally Posted by troyer
I think it's just not maturing yet.
That's it. If something was eating the bud's you'd see damage. My guess is a lot of nitrogen in the soil (lots of chicken manure?) and the plant is busy adding new leaves with all that and not in "survival mode" just yet. The problem with this is that by the time it gets to flowering, it may be past the optimal time and the combination of heat and insects (those cute white butterflies started hanging around there yet?) may make your crop small.
I don't have a great solution for this. Next year cut back on the fertilizer maybe. The only thing I can think to do now would be to remove some leaves to stress the plant and make it decide to go into reproductive mode. Lower leaves would be best, to not cut off too much food for the crop. I'm sure you can find a good use for those leaves.
I have no idea if that will help, more of a theory really, and with no controls you'll never know if it was the right thing or not. I believe I can think like a plant after all those years of horticulture classes, but my advice is really worth about what you paid for it, LOL.