oenothera berlandieri (eveing primrose) - Knowledgebase Question

Lilburn, GA
Question by Kenski1164
July 25, 2006
I planted oenothera berlandieri this spring in 4 different sunny locations of my yard. In all 4 places the plants seems to be thriving and spreading but only 1 location is consistenly producing a few flowers. Other 3 produce only 1, 2, or no blooms. What can I do to encourage these areas to bloom?

Answer from NGA
July 25, 2006



The only thing that comes to mind is that perhaps the plants are not getting enough sun. For good bloom that plant needs a lot of sun exposure. You indicated the area was sunny so if you feel this is not the cause then I suggest you give the plants another year and perhaps next spring/summer's bloom production will be better. The plants don't need much water and fertilizer is generally not needed either although if the plants are not looking very healthy, perhaps a light application (1/2 cup per 50 square feet) would be in order.

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