"The tree of fate" at home: why does the clerodendrum not bloom, how to provide proper care for it?

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Clerodendrum is a perennial plant of the Verbenov family. There are about 300 species in the genus: evergreen or deciduous shrubs, most of which are climbing, vines with long stems, trees. Many of them bloom beautifully and for a long time.

The native land of the plant is the tropical and subtropical forests of South Asia (Korea, China, Japan). They are also found in tropical Africa and South America.

Cultivation of clerodendrum at home began relatively recently. They are attractive for their decorative appearance, delicate aroma of delicate flowers, which is why they are so popular.


Translated from Greek, the word "clerodendrum" is translated as "tree of fate" (kleros - fate, dendron - tree).

The flowers of the plant are varied. Their size and color depend on the species. Only a few varieties are adapted for growing at home. Most Popular:

  • Thomson's clerodendrum;
  • beautiful;
  • brilliant;
  • Bunge;
  • Inerme;
  • Ugandan;
  • Philippine;
  • fragrant.

Flowers are red, orange, lilac, white, pink and other colors and shades. Most of them are five-petal, small in size, about 3 cm in diameter, with long stamens. Most often, they are collected in large spherical or racemose inflorescences.

The appearance of the flowers themselves may be different:

  • bell cups;
  • graceful butterflies;
  • stars, etc.

In some varieties, the color of the flowers changes during the flowering process.

For example, Thomson's clerodendrum has white cups at first with a bright red butterfly center. Then they turn pinkish. And the flowering ends in purple tones, and the corolla of the flower is painted in burgundy. The color of the buds may also differ from the color of the blossoming flowers (in the beautiful Clerodendrum or Bunge, the buds of a bright crimson color, when opening, become pale pink).

Clerodendrum blooms most often from June to September. But there are varieties in which flowering begins in March and ends in summer, and in the fall the plant can bloom again (this flowering is characteristic of Thomson's clerodendrum). There are some species with almost year-round flowering, with the exception of the winter months (for example, brilliant clerodendrum). One flowering cycle lasts about 2 months.

In order for clerodendrum to delight you with amazingly beautiful fragrant flowers, it needs to create optimal conditions for flowering:

  • Good lighting.
  • Always moderately moist soil.

    With a lack of moisture and dry air, the leaves of the plant turn yellow and fall off. With excessive watering, the roots begin to rot.

  • Ensuring comfortable conditions in winter: the air temperature should not exceed + 15 ° C.

    Lowering the temperature in winter allows the plant to shed some of the leaves and prepare for the dormant period. If the clerodendrum does not rest, then its further flowering will not be so abundant and lush.

  • Pruning a plant in spring to stimulate the growth of new shoots and inflorescences.
  • Top dressing during the period of active growth.

Why does not give buds: reasons

It often happens that Clerodendrum does not bloom.

In fact, there are not many reasons why a plant does not release buds. All of them are associated with mistakes in care and violations of the conditions for keeping the flower.

  • The plant was not provided with dormant conditions in winter.
  • The flower has not been transplanted for a long time.
  • The soil lacks nutrients. Or there are too many of them.

What to do in this case?

For growth, full development and flowering, clerodendrum needs to create comfortable conditions, as well as provide proper care. Pay attention to the following aspects.

  • The plant needs bright but diffused light. It is best to place the flower pot on a windowsill or by a west or east facing window. On the south side, the clerodendrum needs to be shaded.
  • The temperature regime depends on the specific species. But for most of them, the requirements are as follows: during the growing season and during the flowering period, the temperature should not be higher than 25 ° C, and during the dormant period (after the end of flowering) - from 13 to 15 ° C.
  • Watering should be abundant. But you can't overdo it, otherwise the plant will start to rot.
  • The air humidity should be increased.

    Spray the flower with a spray bottle in the spring and summer daily in the evening hours. In winter, place it away from heating sources.

  • Clerodendrum should be fertilized with universal mineral complexes intended for flowering plants, once every 15 days, starting in the second half of spring and ending at the end of summer.
  • It is imperative to create dormant conditions in the winter, after flowering.
  • At the beginning of active growth and after a dormant period, the plant is pruned.
  • At the beginning of the growing season, the plant needs a transplant. A young plant is transplanted annually, and an adult one every 2-3 years.

    Repot the plant using a transhipment method, keeping a clod of soil on the roots to avoid damaging them.

How to get a plant to bud?

To help your plant bloom, fix basic maintenance mistakes. The most important thing is to provide the flower with proper rest. During the rest period, it is necessary:

  • reduce watering;
  • exclude feeding;
  • put the flower for 2 months in a cool place with a temperature of + 15 ° C;
  • in late winter - early spring, transplant clerodendrum into a larger pot with loose and nutritious soil.

The substrate should be fertile, slightly acidic, with a pH of 5-6. Before use, the soil must be disinfected by steam treatment or in an oven, microwave oven.

How to provide care for the "tree of fate" during the dormant period?

Consider how to care for Clerodendrum Filipino or others after the flowering phase. After the end of flowering, you need to stop feeding and reduce watering to 1-2 times a week. Starting in autumn, the plant begins to prepare for rest. The ambient temperature should be no higher than 15 degrees. For the winter, the plant can be placed in a dark place.such as an anti-freeze cellar or basement. During this period, growth processes slow down. At rest, clerodendrum gets rid of the leaves.

Don't worry if your flower completely sheds its leaves in winter. This is normal. In the spring, the leaves will reappear. The main thing is to make sure that the plant does not dry out at all.

Clerodendrum is a very beautiful plant with lovely fragrant flowers. Provide him with the necessary conditions for development, follow all the recommended care rules, and you will not have problems with flowering.

The cultivation of Clerodendrum began in the 17th century, but it became a houseplant not so long ago. How to propagate an evergreen African plant and why leaves turn yellow and fall - read on our website.

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