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Question: my escallonia does not bloom

Hi Gardening.it, I always follow you on the site, I am a very amateur green thumb and I have often used your advice for my balcony plants. lately, however, I have not found a solution to the problem of my Escallonia rubra, I have bought the plant already well advanced (it appeared pruned with only the branches, without leaves) for almost a year, it was regularly potted with a constant kept temperature, but none flower. At this moment it has many leaves but which seem to dry out after a few days (for now it has tufts of leaves on the ends of the branches), they have yellow dots which I repeat after a few days dry out. maybe you can give me some advice. I'm waiting for your answers. thanks and keep it up!


Escallonia rubra: Answer: Cultivating escallonia

Dear Artemisia,

the description of your escallonia is a little strange, as escallonia is an evergreen shrub, and as much as it is useful to prune it at the end of winter (so as to favor the development of many new branches) in general we always try to keep some leaves , so that the plant can start growing again after pruning. So, already when he bought it, it had been excessively pruned, until the foliage was completely cut; for this reason, it is clear that the plant will have used the following months to produce foliage again, rather than to prepare for flowering. In addition to this, your plant probably does not live in the place most suitable for it, since the development is so difficult, the foliage falls and the flowers are not present. Having no photo and no description of the cultivation method, it is not easy to understand where the problem is. Escallonia is an evergreen garden shrub, which is usually used to prepare hedges, and therefore is placed in a good soil, very well drained, in a sunny position, or even semi-shady in the hottest hours of the day. Pot cultivation is possible, especially for dwarf varieties, as an escallonia shrub can quickly reach 150-170 cm in height, making it necessary to place it in a large container. So, either it receives little sun, or the soil is excessively compact and clayey, or it is watered too often. From what you write, you've had this plant for a year, so I don't understand what it means "it has been repotted regularly"; in one year no repotting should have been necessary. Sometimes excessive care tends to suffocate the plants, especially when it comes to a garden shrub, which does not require great care, if not the normal watering to be provided in the summer and dry months.

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