The Q&A Archives: Non-Flowering Hibiscus

Question: I have had a hibiscus plant indoors for about 3 years. About two years ago I pruned off some branches, and since then it has never flowered. Before the pruning, it flowered profusely. I've tried Miracle Grow, Jobe's spikes and lots of love and talking. Lots of leaves, and it looks very happy, but no flowers. Can you help? Thanks.

Answer: It could be that the fertilizer you used is too high in nitrogen, which can encourage lots of foliage at the expense of flowers. Though there is no way to "make" it bloom, you can encourage it to do so by providing bright light and some direct sun, and evenly moist soil (neither saturated nor dry). Do not prune back branch tips, since this can remove flower buds. And don't subject the plant to large temperature swings. Hope this helps.

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