En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

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
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
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

Pest damage to Yaupon shrubs in Austin, TX
September 18, 2011 - I have noticed pest damage in our 4 ft. yaupon. There are circular holes eaten on 90% of the leaf growth. Trunk & branches look untouched and healthy. Could this be leafminers? How can I care for it?...
view the full question and answer

Plants for a Shaded Slope in Philadelphia
April 17, 2015 - I have a small slope along the North side of my house in a suburb of Philadelphia. A small maple tree grows there but most of it gets no sun at all (a large segment is under the tree). I had the soil ...
view the full question and answer

Companion Plants for Texas Mountain Laurel
March 12, 2015 - I am building a garden from scratch and need help. I want to plant a Texas mountain laurel on each front section of my house in front of a window, and I also want to use Thumbelina Leigh English laven...
view the full question and answer

Dogwoods cross-pollinating from Snyder, CO
October 24, 2012 - I have a red twig and a yellow twig dogwood. Will they cross-pollinate to produce berries? Thank you
view the full question and answer

What is difference between Rhododendrons and Azaleas
April 23, 2008 - I am replanting my entire front yard as a native woodland garden (I am on Long Island, NY). I am having a hard time finding native rhododendrons and/or azaleas. I would prefer to remain true to the ...
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.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center