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.
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.
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.