When a plant produces flowers

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Which organic fertilizer should I use to encourage flower growth?

I heard that some plants need fertilizing every two weeks in order to encourage flowering. I prefer organic fertilizers because I feel they provide better nutrients, however they are in granules and ...
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How should budding off be prevented on Gardenias?

How can budding off be stopped on a mature Gardenia? The plant is healthy in all other ways, but the buds always fall off before opening. What is causing this?
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How are Frangipani (Plumeria) cuttings taken successfully?

I have a Frangipani which has been hacked to bits (thanks previous owner) and now the flowers are around 2 metres (7 feet) above the ground. Below that it is just a single leafless, flowerless stalk. ...
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Why are my daffodils putting out flower buds in January?

Why are my dwarf double yellow daffodils putting out flower buds? It's January, and they usually start that in March. They could get damaged by cold and wildlife during winter. Anyone know what is ...
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How long after a lily scale is planted should I expect a flowering size bulb?

I have some Madonna lily bulbs that I would like to scale. If I planted them after the last frost in spring, how long will it be until I get a flowering size bulb? Does it matter which scales I use?
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Do Bloomerang and Josee lilacs rebloom as well as advertised?

Looking through catalogs, I see pictures of lilac bushes in full bloom with sunflowers blooming nearby, illustrating how well they rebloom during the season. If I bought one, should I expect that or ...
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How old do night flowering cereus get before they bloom?

I have a night flowering cereus that is about five years old. It is a foot tall and has a single stem. It is in a four inch square plastic pot. Is it going to flower anytime soon?
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How old does English ivy (Hedera helix var.) have to be in order to flower?

I like the look of flowering ivy, but mine has never shown a sign of a flower. Is it one of those plants that takes a long time or am I not caring for it properly? Mine is five years old and climbed ...
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How can a green leaved canna's flower color be found when not in bloom?

At a perennial sale once I found an unmarked canna with green leaves, and when I asked what color the flowers were, they said they didn't know. After looking at the leaves for a while, they decided it ...
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What conditions are necessary to make a potted aloe vera bloom?

I have a potted aloe vera that I keep indoors during the winter and outside the rest of the year. It has leaves one foot long and two inches wide at the base. I fertilize it with tea from my ...
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Can I force Sedum spectabile 'Neon' to rebloom?

I grew some Sedum spectabile 'Neon' and it flowered very well, but the flowers do not last very long. I would like to extend the flowering period. I noticed a scattering of rebloom, but it was not ...
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Should I cut back my yucca after flowering?

My Adam's needle yucca flowered for the first time this year. It does not look like it is going to grow in that area anymore, but the leaves are still green. Should I cut it back at all?
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How long does it take a mock-orange bush to flower?

I have a four year old mock-orange that is eight feet (2.4m) tall and six feet (1.8m) wide, and I'm getting impatient for some flowers. It's planted in partial shade in a valley. I prune it in ...
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How can I get my Wandering Jew to flower?

I have had a Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina) plant for several years, but it has never flowered. It is in a hanging basket outside during the warm season, and indoors during winter. The ...
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Why aren't my fruit/nut trees flowering?

I live in zone 8/9 in northern FL and I have the following fruit/nut trees: 2 Pecans 2 Meyor Lemons 2 Peach trees (uncertain of variety) 1 Black Mission fig Most of the trees have been planted for ...
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How do I encourage morning glories to bloom?

I know that many of you will find this unbelievable -- but my morning glories did not bloom this year. For those of you that live where morning glories are a perenial that borders on "weed" this ...
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What steps can I use to encourage pollination?

I have some plants that have many flowers but not very many vegetables being produced; sometimes it seems as if I'm growing the plants for the pretty flowers and not for the vegetables that may ...
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What to do with the spent flower spike of foxgloves (digitalis)?

I've had a glorious display of foxgloves in my garden this year, but now pretty much all of the flowers have wilted and fallen. I don't particularly want to collect seed from the plants, but what ...
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My lettuce is flowering - does that mean it has bolted?

I planted a batch of "zesty blend" lettuce seeds. They seem to be doing fine, but suddenly they started flowering: Have they bolted? They look healthy otherwise. Still edible?
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Why do my gardenias turn yellow before they bloom?

My gardenias seem to be happy all year around, but when they bloom, they turn half yellow. Is there a way to keep them green through the bloom phase?