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surreylane
Havertown, PA

June 11, 2006
12:56 PM

Post #2377231

I have two false indigo plants that have flowered beautifully for about 4 or five years. This year the plants barely flowered. Does anyone have any ideas as to why and what I should do?

We're in Southeastern PA

Thank you...
Penn_Pete
Glen Rock, PA

June 13, 2006
4:52 AM

Post #2384610

Hi surreylane. If you mean the shrub Amorpha fruticosa, I have the wild type and they are just past full bloom. My assumption has always been that they like damp almost full sun condition. If this is your plant, has there been a change to their lighting? That is a common cause of lack of flowers. (Purple orange does go together doesn't it!) If they suffered from drought last August, that can also cut down on the bloom. Is there a tree nearby that has now grown so that the shade is more pervasive? Keeping them pruned also encourages more new growth. If the shrubs have matured and gotten leggy, reducing their height might stimulate new branching. If you mean the perrennial plant that is a Baptisia, I can't help. This is the plant I have.
http://www.naturehills.com/new/product/shrubs_productdetails.aspx?proname=Indigo Bush-False Indigo

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