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philadelphus virginal shrub

amberspyamberspy Posts: 379
edited May 2020 in Plants
What age do they first flower 
mines has been in ground 3 years and sure I brought it was in 1 litre pot
its grown great this year I would say it’s about 7 foot tall and have got great growth from bottom this year 
I’ve never prune it 
I’m wondering if it will produce flowers this year 
am I doing right thing to let to grow without pruning 

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  • amberspyamberspy Posts: 379

  • amberspyamberspy Posts: 379
    Bottom of plant 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,873
    I wouldn't prune it until it has flowered. Then you prune out the flowered shoot as soon as the flowers fade, and new shoots will flower next year.  Give it a feed of tomato fertiliser or phostrogen or miracle grow.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • amberspyamberspy Posts: 379
    I wouldn't prune it until it has flowered. Then you prune out the flowered shoot as soon as the flowers fade, and new shoots will flower next year.  Give it a feed of tomato fertiliser or phostrogen or miracle grow.
    Great I do that 
    do u think it flower this year
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,271
    You will have to wait and see! 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,559
    I have a 15-20 yr old P.virginal and a few years ago it was looking so straggly I cut all the stems back to about 1ft.
    It sulked for a year then re-grew fine, but I had 3 years with no flowers. It's back to about 6ft again and has flower buds coming on now.
    I'm sure you will get flowers, if not this year, then next. It's just settling in.
    If you can give it a mulch in the spring it would appreciate it, and try not to let it dry out in the summer.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • amberspyamberspy Posts: 379
    Pete.8 said:
    I have a 15-20 yr old P.virginal and a few years ago it was looking so straggly I cut all the stems back to about 1ft.
    It sulked for a year then re-grew fine, but I had 3 years with no flowers. It's back to about 6ft again and has flower buds coming on now.
    I'm sure you will get flowers, if not this year, then next. It's just settling in.
    If you can give it a mulch in the spring it would appreciate it, and try not to let it dry out in the summer.
    Yeah I need be patient 😂😂
    yeah I do that as well 
    cheers 
  • OmoriOmori North YorkshirePosts: 1,534
    I have a 5’ tall, 2 year old P. Virginal which has yet to flower. I have a 1’ tall, 1 year old P. Aureus that has buds on it 🤷🏻‍♀️ Last year the Virginal was covered in black fly, constantly hosing it off, this year no black fly at all. Aureus has never had black fly. The Virginal was a much larger specimen when I planted it so possibly it needed more time to settle in and will flower next year. 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,873
    P. aureus will flower the first year from a rooted cutting.  Wonderful plant, mine came as a cutting. I have taken cuttings off it which I have given away. It starts to flower the following year, even at a foot tall. It also doesn't get as gangly as P virginal, and can be pruned , again after flowering to give a much neater shrub than P. virginal.  They flower for me about 10 days apart, so spread the time you can inhale the gorgeous scent.  My P. virginal tends to have flower up at 10 ft unless it is carefully trimmed, taking a third of the old wood out each year down to the base.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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