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I've been watching this forum and drooling over your beautiful pics, while waiting...waiting...waiting for my own to bloom. I planted them about 3 months ago, and it took a little while to figure out that they didn't like the 7ft cedar fence at all, so I stapled up the bamboo and dropped down several strings.
They climbed right up and look healthy- the leaves are HUGE! But not a single flower. There's a big live oak in front and to the side, so it gets about half a day's worth of sun, but I figured I might have to wait until the MG reached the top of the fence- which it did about a month ago, and is now even drooping down the back.
I didn't plant anything fancy- a seed mix from Loggee's, I think. Sorry I can't be more specific about what's actually out there.
Thanks in advance! :)
First pic is a closeup up the leaves, the second is of the whole enchilada.
Oh I like your enchilada :0)) even if it doesn't flower yet. Did you fertilise it ? then that can be the cause of the non flowering problem you have. From what i have learned ...don't fertilise MG:S they tend to just grow like nuts and doesn't have time to flower, but give it time and I am sure you will get flowers too.
If you'd like a few Star of India or Blue Silk JMG seeds to try, let me know, I'll send them out to you. There is still time to get them in the ground and get flowers, especially where you are located.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions, much appreciated!
When I look back at that photo, I realize that I really am much too lienient a plant mommy...I just let it go wherever it likes...lol...I should take it firmly in hand, and show it who's boss. Oh, nevermind, it already knows that as long as I'm waiting desperately for blooms, it's got the upper hand...lol
Janett- nope, no fertilizer. I'd been checking the boards here before I planted, so I knew better than that. I didn't even fertilize the palm that's in front of it, preferring to have that grow a little more slowly while the MGs got off to a start. There is a hydrangia about 6 feet away that gets very babied (the only way to keep it alive in the heat/drought), and I suppose there could have been a little runoff, though.
Joseph- what a very generous offer, I'd love to give them a try! I'll send you a dmail with info. Thanks much!
I had a sick and undernourished MG (indica) that was sneaking through the fence from my neighbor's. I fed it baby food- pureed bananas and oranges and within a week I had buds and in less than two weeks I had blooms.
I have three Wine and Roses MGs, and they had one bloom when i first transplanted them, but nothing since. Beats me! I planted them with a jackmanii superba clematis so that the clematis would look like it had leaves this summer. Well, the MGs are doing that, all right! Now I'm hoping for some blooms.
It's been alternately hot (100+) and cold (58) around here with hot predominating right now. You'd think they'd be blooming their heads off!
TessC - Glad to see the Ipomoea nil plant(the one with the multi-lobed leaves) producing blooms...the other species with the smooth heart shaped leaves looks like an Ipomoea tricolor...you can wait it out until it blooms or you might try out a specific type of fertilizer like a Phosphorus based Bloom Booster fertilizer...the Phosphorus fertilizer tends to induce flowering...
Nitrogen in excessive levels can delay flowering ...the term 'fertilizer' is sometimes used as a 'fuzzy' word that can be somewhat misleading as the term fertilizer includes a wide spectrum of elements in the macronutrient and micronutrient categories...each of these different elements has different,but interrelated functions,when used as a group and can exert specific accentuated or different influences when used alone...
So,the main point being that fertilizer doesn't = Nitrogen only(!)...
There are a total of from 16 to 20 elements that are considered essential to plant growth...the exact number of micronutrients considered as essential to complete a full cycle of growth will vary according to the species of plant...
I finally got blooms! One yesterday and two today. I did put more Messenger on, and I fertilized with a high-flower fertilizer. I don't know what did it, but it responded. They're beautiful! I hope I get more.