The Q&A Archives: Carolina Jasmine Not Blooming

Question: Why would Carolina Jasmine not bloom in full sun? My plant has vigorous growth and is three years old. It was blooming when I bought it, but has not bloomed since.

Answer: That plant prefers full sun, so you seem to have it in the proper exposure. Are you fertilizing it, and if so, with what? Here?s some basic info on fertilizer and nutrients that plants require. The 3 numbers on a fertilizer bag refer to the percentage of N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus), and K (potassium) in the bag. There are different formulations for different purposes. In general terms, nitrogen produces lush green growth, phosphorus helps strengthen stems and produce flowers, and potassium keeps the root system healthy. If you're applying fertilizer to fruiting (e.g., tomatoes) or flowering plants, you're not as interested in the plant developing leaves as you are in it flowers and fruit, so you'd use a formulation lower in nitrogen and higher in phosphorus, or just a phosphorus source. Also, make sure the plant isn't receiving excess nitrogen from another source, such as lawn fertilizer. Hope this helps!

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