Asked on Jun 23, 2012

Mock orange won't bloom

Douglas HuntSusan J


I have a mock orange tree-bush that is about 4-5 years old. It has never bloomed. It's aabout 7' tall. Does anyone have any tips for how to get it to bloom?
3 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 24, 2012

    Susan, have you ever pruned your mock orange? How much sun is it getting? What about fertilization?

  • Susan J
    on Jul 2, 2012

    Douglas, I have never pruned it or fertilized it. It doesn't get much sun. It said it needed part to mostly shade so it only gets about 3-4 hours of sun a day. It's very leggy, so that's probably a sign that it needs more sun. It's way to big to transplant, though. Do you think pruning and or fertilyzing would help? If so, do you recommend a particular type of fertilizer for this application? Thanks so much for your reply!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 3, 2012

    Susan, whoever said that about mock orange steered you wrong. They might tolerate partial shade, but they are going to bloom better (which is why you want this plant) in a mostly sunny situation. Fertilizing won't hurt the plant (use a good slow release like Plant Tone), but I doubt that it will get you blooms.

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