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Mahonia Winter Sun

CharleyDCharleyD Posts: 440

I planted my Mahonia 3 years ago but it hasn't flowered yet.  It's growing really well and the leaves are a very healthy dark green.   It's in full shade and clay soil.  Any ideas how to get it to flower please?


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060

    Contrary to popular cultivation advice , I would transplant to an area of lightly dappled shade , or even full sunshine in a moist slightly acidic but fairly well drained soil .

    I look after several of these , growing happily alongside large Rhododendrons and Camellias ; they are thriving in a moist peaty soil (never drying out) , and under the canopy of a large Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) . I tend to keep them as 'standards' by pruning out shrubby side-growth .

    Flowering is prolific each year , but seemingly getting earlier as they respond to the vagaries of our changing climate .image

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I agree about the light and moisture but mine flowers well on slightly alkaline clay.

  • CharleyDCharleyD Posts: 440

    Ok, thanks very much both for your help.  Looks like a move is in order then :-)

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