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Non flowering escallonia

I have 2 very healthy looking escallonia shrubs together on a south facing fence however neither of them has ever flowered. They were planted at least three years ago. They get some sun but not a lot due to other plants close to them.

Can anyone suggest why they don't flower please. Do I need to move them to another position?

Maggie Cheshire


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    When you say they get some sun, are you saying the other plants are crowding around your shrubs too much?

    I don't know which Escallonias you grow, but they are large shrubs generally, so do allow them space to fill out. They may be too small to start flowering yet. It's hard to say without seeing how they look right now. The main thing is, they are alive and looking well.

  • Thank you for your response.

    There are high evergreens in the next garden and some ivy. There is also a holly tree close by.

    I will take a picture so that you can see.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Thanks. The plants you mention are evergreen and will compete for space and root space too. I don't know which Escallonias you plant, but some are very big shrubs and often used as hedging.

    Also, since you have planted them three years ago, have you pruned them a bit? Perhaps a light prune will help them to fill out a bit more, therefore creating more chances for it to flower.

  • Depending on when you prune them, if you have already, you may be trimming off the flowering shoots. Check for pruning times.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Plant pauper has a point. If it has been pruned, then leave them for now. However, if no pruning has taken place since you have planted them in, or in the last year or so, I think right now, you can give them a prune to just get them down to where it is more shrubby. Hopefully, they will bounce back and come back with more shoots in spring time. This shouldn't affect next year's flowering chances.

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