Birds & Blooms

My crocosmia never blooms; it just produces green leaves. I’ve tried fertilizin­g and moving some plants to new spots. What’s going on?

- Donnie Woods RIDGECREST, CALIFORNIA

Melinda: Shade, excessive fertilizer and overcrowdi­ng often prevent crocosmia from flowering. Make sure your plants are receiving at least six, preferably eight or more, hours of sunlight each day. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizer­s that encourage lots of leaf growth and discourage flowering. Sometimes excessive growth leads to overcrowdi­ng, which also discourage­s flowering. Dig and divide overcrowde­d plants if needed.

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