Carnation of India-Not flowering - Knowledgebase Question

Houston, TX (Zone 8B)
Question by ns8103
June 20, 2005
I have carnation of India in our garden but they do not bear flowers. Buds appear but they turn brown without opening. We have been using acid loving fertilizer. I am not sure whether to water it or let it dry out before watering.
Your answer will help a lot.

Answer from NGA
June 20, 2005


Carnation of India, or Crepe Jasmine, is Tabernaemontana divaricata, a plant of tropical nature that loves consistently moist soil. It grows best in full to light shade. In addition to abundant moisture, it appreciates high humidity. If the flower buds are browning before opening, your plant may need to be misted or irrigated on a daily basis to increase humidity.

Best wishes with your plant!

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