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Beginner Gardening: Phlox paniculata bloom stimulant?

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Palatine, IL

July 29, 2014
2:01 PM

Post #9905863


I am not sure if I am pruning or fertilizing my phlox properly to encourage blooming. Please view the pictures attached and offer any suggestions you may have. This plant receives about eight hours of sunlight a day intends to dry out. I water it about every three days. I live in zone 5b.
Thanks in advance for your help. Please see the photos attached.

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Staten Island, NY

July 31, 2014
8:15 PM

Post #9907601

I have pink phlox and I cut off the faded flowers and more flowers bloom from the lower stems. I do not know what is the name of my phlox.

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Portage, MI
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2014
7:29 PM

Post #9908316

Hi Red Dog,
Can't comment re a bloom stimulant. However, I might say I am not sure those photos look like Phlox paniculata. Phlox paniculata blooms with large "panicles" on the top of fairly stiff stems. The flowers are like pom-poms on the tops of the stems. Mine have not started to bloom yet. I am not sure what you have there. Am wondering if it might be some kind of bellflower, but that is just a wild guess. If you deadhead back to about 1/4" above a leaf axil, you may be able to get that plant to put out a second flush of flowers. Do you have a photo of it when it was in full bloom? If so, you might post that photo on a new thread and request help identifying it.
Palatine, IL

August 4, 2014
7:41 AM

Post #9909951

Previously, Dave's beginner gardening forum helped me identify this as Phlox Paniculata. However I agree with you that the flowers look nothing like pom-poms. I will search some more. Thanks for your help.
Portage, MI
(Zone 5b)

August 7, 2014
7:27 AM

Post #9912277

I have to correct myself about bloom time. My self-sown Phlox paniculata is already blooming. The white 'David' just began opening a day or two ago.
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 8, 2014
7:46 AM

Post #9913005

It would be best to post plant ID questions in the Plant ID forum.

Your plant is actually Dame's rocket, Hesperis matronalis. If you cut off the long seedpod-bearing stems at their bases, it may possibly bloom again... don't know.

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