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Question: I have a Wax Plant and a Flowering maple that are not producing any flowers. Could you tell me why?

Answer: Flowering maple or Abutilon generally does well in light shade (outdoors) or a bright window (indoors) with an evenly moist soil (not saturated and not allowed to go dry) and regular fertilizing. If stressed during the summer blooming season, it may stop flowering. Stress could be caused by too much sun, too much or too little water, or too small a container if the plant has grown substantially since you purchased it. Container grown plants also need regular feeding during the growing season with a water soluble fertilizer formulated for blooming plants. Be sure to read and follow the instructions.

The wax plant or Hoya carnosa cycles in and out of bloom, so if it is well cared for it should start up again eventually. This plant does well kept indoors in a bright location at average household temperatures. It requires only moderate watering and fertilizing, and should be given a slightly cooler slightly dry spell in the winter months. The blooms develop again on the same spurs or stems so do not remove these short stubby growths when the flowers fade.

I hope this helps you trouble shoot.

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