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

Wednesday - October 06, 2010

From: Oviedo, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Non-Natives, Shrubs
Title: Why won't my Jacaranda flower in Oviedo, FL?
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

I have a Jacaranda tree that is 12 years old and and nearly 30 feet tall. It is a beautiful healthy tree that has never produced flowers. How can I get my tree to bloom? Thank you

ANSWER:

Jacaranda makes a handsome tree, but when it flowers it is spectacular. I can understand your frustration, because 12 years is a long time to wait. However, Jacaranda mimosifolia is a non-native plant from Brazil and Argentina and thus falls outside our area of focus at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center which is  to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes.

I'm including some links that deal with the growth and care of Jacaranda plants. One thing to consider is whether it is in the right place to flower? Does it get enough sun? Does it have sandy, well-drained soil? It is hardy in USDA zones 9-11, and Oviedo is in zone 10, so that shouldn't be part of the problem.  In some plants, flowering is inhibited if the nitrogen/phosphorus ratio is too high. This can occur when the plants receive the same type of high nitrogen fertilizer that is being placed on the lawn. This link from Growing Advisor can give you some help with this.

Look at these links from eHow and searchwarp and see how your growing conditions compare. You might want to contact the folks at the Seminole County office of University of Florida Extension for help closer to home.

 

 

 

 

More Shrubs Questions

Plant Suggestions for Shady Site under Trees in Alabama
April 03, 2014 - I live in Montgomery, AL and have a bare area (20' x 5) that's shady and soil erosion is a problem. Grass stops growing at the drip line of the trees here. Do you have any suggestions for growing s...
view the full question and answer

Native plants for flower beds in Aledo, TX
March 10, 2009 - I have 2 beds that together run the length of the house foundation (25' each), we have 2 spots I would like to plant a Yaupon (Pride of Houston) in each spot approximately 2' from the foundation;is ...
view the full question and answer

Problems with non-native Japanese privet from Glendale AZ
December 26, 2012 - We have Japanese privet shrub and they seem to be suffering from a disease, need help.
view the full question and answer

Opinion of 5 best native garden plants in Oklahoma from Burneyville OK
September 07, 2013 - What would you say are the 3 to 5 BEST native garden plants for south central Oklahoma?
view the full question and answer

Pests on American Beautyberry from Austin
June 25, 2012 - Something is eating the leaves of my American Beautyberry shrubs. One is almost stripped of leaves on the upper branches. I have looked and can't see any insects or caterpillars. I have also looke...
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.