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Date: 29 Oct 2020, Entry id: 1603958761-2

Healthy Plants: Q&A from Mr Booster

How to get Ylang Ylang to flowering

Q: I am writing in reference to my Ylang ylang tree. I purchased this from top tropicals a few years ago and although the plant is doing well, I don't see any flowers yet. Can you tell me when it will flower? Do I need to do something special for it to flower?

A: Cananga odorata, Ylany Ylang tree, takes a few years until it starts flowering, hopefully it will bloom for you any time soon.
However, keep in mind that it may be a bit challenging for a potted plant. In natural conditions, this is a large tree that requires lots of room not only for the tree itself, but also for the root system. It is still possible to get Cananga odorata to bloom in container, considering the plant has all necessary nutrients for flowering. Here is the trick.

When grown in the ground, root system can reach out to all necessary elements in surrounding soil (considering soils are not too poor on necessary elements). In a pot, a supply of nutrients can be exhausted very quickly, so a quality fertilizer program is very important. Fertilizer must include all necessary nutrients in easy accessible (soluble) form, and a plant must have their constant supply for proper development.

SOLUTION:
prescribe Ylang Ylang tree the following combination of plant food:

- SUNSHINE Pikake - Fragrant Flower Booster
It will provide well-balanced amounts of high absorption Phosphorus (P) and Nitrogen (N), as well as Potassium (K) - to provide enough flowering energy to the tree, plus a combination of all necessary micro-elements. It is safe to apply this fertilizer as frequent as with every watering, including winter time.

- SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster This supplement has a high content of elements Mo and B - once the tree starts getting them on regular basis (a few times a year, according to the label), it will trigger flower production.

You may also consider getting dwarf varieties of Ylang Ylang that starts flowering in container right away:
Cananga fruticosa - Dwarf Ylang-Ylang Currently these high demand plants are sold out, but new plants are establishing and will be ready for sale within couple months. You may add your email to wishlist ("Notify me when available") to get notification as soon as we have it back in stock.
Ylang Ylang vines also start flowering within a year.

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