Flowerless Four O'Clocks - Knowledgebase Question

No. Andover, MA
Question by snflower36
July 29, 1998
I planted a large container of different flowers. Geraniums in the back, four o'clock seeds in the middle and white
Supertunia's in the front. The four o'clocks have grown to about 9 inches high but have still not flowered or have any buds.


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Answer from NGA
July 29, 1998

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Your container sounds so pretty! These plants (Mirabilis jalapa) have an old time common name, "Marvel of Peru" which to me reflects their warm climate heritage. It sounds like your plants are growing on nicely; they need lots and lots of hot weather and sun in order to bloom. In my PA garden, they generally grow big and bold for months and months ( they reach 2 to 4 feet) until late summer before they start to bloom. Unfortunately, I think you just need to keep waiting.

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