The Q&A Archives: Non-flowering Hibiscus

Question: I have a great hibiscus tree in my living room and it receives enough light. I would like to know what type of fertilizer is the best to use. When I brought it home it flowered, however now I can't get it to bloom.

Answer: That happens quite a bit with flowering plants, as they leave "ideal" greenhouse conditions and move into our less than ideal home situations. I suggest you try a product with a higher middle number, such as 15-30-15, which means it has more phosphorous. Phosphorous promotes blooming. An organic phosphorous product is bone meal. Water well before and after applying fertilizer to help prevent burn.

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