'Blind' plants?

by Ann
(Deal, Dover, England)



Hi Jacki. I'm wondering if you can help with this query pleasee?

I live in south east Endland, very near the coast. I have several plants which are growing well but which will not flower. I bought a lewisia (picture1) in late spring this year but which hasn't flowered this year, despite others at the nursery being in flower at the time I bought it.

I planted Montbretia and Acidanthera (picture 2) five years ago which has never flowered and also five years ago I planted Eucomis (two different species) which are in a pot which is kept in the shed during the winter (picture 3). Despite giving all these plants the care that I gleaned for each of them from books and the internet, they have never flowered. Is it possible that they ever will?

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Aug 29, 2022
I would think
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

If they got the proper care, and some flowered (or were flowering at the time you bought them) that if they were going to flower, they would have.

I wouldn't necessarily give up on them, as plants surprise me every day. Continue to do what you're doing, and hopefully, they'll get going.

If they truly are 'blind' then they wouldn't flower, but possibly wouldn't grow either. It would depend on whether there was a vegetative bud present (to produce leaves and stems) or a flower bud. Without them, then they would be considered blind, and possibly they would just die out in time.

Aug 30, 2022
Thank you
by: Ann

Thank you so much Jacki. I won't replace them yet then.

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