Explore Plants

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 

Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - August 02, 2008

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Pruning, Shrubs
Title: Failure to bloom of Tecoma stans in Austin
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

We Planted a Yellow Esperanza shrub 2 years ago that was blooming when we purchased it. It bloomed very little last year and not at all this year. It looks very healthy and each year gets about 10 feet tall. It has very green leaves and when we prune it it develops 2 branches for every one we cut. How do we make this plant bloom?

ANSWER:

Please see our previous answer on the same subject, also in Central Texas. Your problem is likely not transplant shock; however, the plant is probably still developing roots and getting the energy to bloom. If you are fertilizing it, especially with a nitrogen-heavy fertilizer like you would use on grass, stop. Most perennial plants need a few years of maturity before they are ready to bloom in earnest. Often, plant producers will force blooms on a plant to make it more saleworthy, but that doesn't mean it is ready to bloom on its own. Do check the drainage around the roots of your plant, although that doesn't sound like the problem. A little more patience and a little less fertilizer and we believe it will rise to bloom again.

 

More Shrubs Questions

Smarty Plants on mockoranges
May 25, 2005 - I live in Colorado where it is common to have 1 or 2 late frosts. I planted 4 littleleaf mockoranges (Philadelphus Microphyllus) 2 years ago and they are pretty much in full sun most of the day. I h...
view the full question and answer

Plants that smell like chocolate from Coral Gables FL
July 12, 2012 - I am looking for plants that smell like chocolate. I live in south Florida. We are currently growing and testing Berlandiera lyrata. Do you know of other plants whose flowers smell like chocolate?
view the full question and answer

Coursetia axillaris from cuttings from Elmendorf TX
October 31, 2013 - I have been able to propagate the Coursetia axillaris (Texas Babybonnets) from cuttings. Will the plants grown from cuttings bloom faster?
view the full question and answer

Failure to bloom in hybrid lantana
June 30, 2008 - I live in Austin and have planted the newer lantana varieties which bloom with orange and pink flowers.They have been planted in full sun and get watered 2 times a week for about 15 minutes.They do no...
view the full question and answer

Privacy Screening Plant for New York Narrow Site
April 20, 2013 - I need privacy screening on the side of my house in Mount Kisco, New York located 40 miles north of New York City. The area gets plenty of sun but is somewhat narrow. What evergreen bushes or trees ...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.