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Mirabilis jalapa - scentless!!

FeeBee67FeeBee67 Posts: 4
edited July 2019 in Plants
I'm pretty new to the gardening world so recently headed to my local garden centre for some help
I have a sunny balcony & wanted a bee-friendly AND scented plant for a large container.
They sold me 2 "4 oclock" tubers which have grown into fab plants with hundreds of beautiful flowers.
BUT. I have yet to see a single bee visitor. And as for the scent. Not a single sniff. Absolutely nothing.
What the heck! And yet everything I've read about these plants rave about the perfume. 
Where have I gone wrong!


  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,419
    I grow them 2 year ago no scent on mine either 
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    I grew them from seed, I haven’t even had a flower, must be 4/5 years ago. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I grew them a couple of years ago, pretty but no scent and no bees. For bees I hunk you are best to go for something a bit les exotic. Native bees love native plants. If your containers are large enough try sweet peas on a bamboo frame, wonderful columns of colour, scent and bees love both the flowers and the bamboo canes... I have a bee nursery going on in the tops of my canes!
    Marne la vallée, basically just outside Paris 🇫🇷, but definitely Scottish at heart.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    What do the bees do on the canes?
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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