sea oats, how to make bloom?

abacoianAugust 13, 2012

i have 2 healthy plants that i bought a few years back but they have never bloomed. wondering if a certain fertilizer or some sand from the beach would be good? appreciate any help, ian

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donn_(7b-8a)

I've searched high and low, and I'll be jiggered if I can find an answer.

I'm going to guess your plants have it too good, and would benefit from some stress to make them feel threatened enough to flower out of self-preservation. Uniola paniculata lives and thrives in some seriously adverse conditions, and seems to flower just fine. Perhaps the garden setting is just too easy for it.

Don't feed them at all. Cut back on watering them. If you can work some sand into their soil without damaging the root systems, try that.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 2:32PM
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abacoian

thank you Donn,

i just added a bucket of shells from the beach around each one, we'll see

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 6:34PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Mine always bloomed & set seed when I lived in Long Beach, CA.
It was in lightly dappled shade.
Watered only once a month.
No fertilizer.
And self-sowed.

Perhaps you're taking too good care of it.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2012 at 1:29AM
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eahamel(9a)

I used to have some and it bloomed regularly, on its own. It was in clay soil, little fertilizer and occasional water. Partial sun, mostly shady. The city has planted some at a couple of bus stops and they bloom all the time, and I know they don't get any help at all.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 10:55PM
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