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Q.Candy corn vine not blooming

Zone Crystal lake,illinois. Zone 5 | Anonymous added on August 18, 2019 | Answered

I live in zone 5,last year i planted an already blooming candy corn plant,i did not dig it up last fall.It came back to 4x its size this year….but it is now august 16th no sign of any blooms(we did have a mild winter)

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Answered on August 19, 2019

Even a mild winter in zone 5 surprises me that the tropical plant survived. It typically is hardy in zones 9-11 and 8 with protection.
You say it was already blooming when planted last year, but did it continue to bloom all season? Was it getting full sun? Usually a lack of blooms means not enough sun or too much nitrogen in the soil. Fertilizing with a high nitrogen fertilizer will increase the foliage at the expense of blooms. In the photo, are those impatiens blooming at the bottom of the photo? They are shade plants which makes me wonder if the candy corn is planted in shade.
Try moving it to a sunnier location and back off the fertilizer for awhile. Then fertilize according to the article below.

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