BLOOMING - Knowledgebase Question

DUARTE, CA
Question by BOBR626
December 31, 2005
I PLANTED TWO FRAGRANT HIMALAYAN CHAMPACA TREES ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, BOTH ARE APPROX. TEN FEET TALL NOW AND HAVE NOT BLOOMED YET. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THESE TREES TO BLOOM ?


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Answer from NGA
December 31, 2005

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Two things affect blooming - immaturity and incorrect cultural practices. It sounds as though you're taking good care of your champaca, so I'd chalk the problem up to lack of maturity. Champaca trees can be slow to establish, which will retard flowering. I suspect your tree will begin to flower for you within the next 12 months. Next spring, you may want to try a bloom-booster fertilizer with high Phosphate, something like 10-50-10. They sell it in Home Depot for roses, azaleas (doesn't matter). Water soluable is the best action, and I recommend spraying the leaves (absorbs faster and better than through roots). Another (new) fertilizer for blooming that I bought from Home Depot - granulated "Colorburst Flowering Plant Food 15-30-15" works really well. Best wishes with your garden!

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