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Name: Michael Muston
San Jose, CA (Zone 9b)
michaelgmu
Sep 11, 2016 2:13 PM CST
I bought a cantua hotpants in a 4 inch pot about 8 years ago and the plant has done real well (7 feet tall and healthy-looking), but it has never flowered. It gets about 6 hours of direct sun in the middle of the day and normal water. Someone suggested that it might not like fertilizer,although I wasn't overfertilizing it, so I stopped fertilizing entirely about 4 months ago. No change. Any ideas? It has never had any freeze damage.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Sep 11, 2016 6:32 PM CST

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I image it originally came from Annie's Annuals. http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id=3155
It could be that it's too warm for it in San Jose, the species originally came from the Andes. She writes that it's "Best in cooler areas, or in shade if you live inland."

I lived in San Jose, until about 5 years ago, and grew the species http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id=202
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Sep 12, 2016 12:04 PM CST
I agree Also I would suggest misting to raise humidity. Also bloom forumla fertilizer if your not using it allready.
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