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

Birds & Blooms - - Ask The Experts - 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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