Q.My Columbine Meadow Rue Bears Very Few Flowers, Though Great Foliage. What Are We Doing Wrong?
It grows to about 4 feet but only produces a few flowers at the top of the plant, which gets a bit scraggly. It’s planted in a mostly shady, moist garden which gets maybe about an hour of midday sun. We cut it way back in the winter but have never protected it in any way. We are in Zone 5 Michigan. It’s was fertilized this year with Wonder Gro. Should I just chop the top off? What do you suggest?
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Here are care tips that should help. Also, they do best in part shade, so I'm wondering if they don't get enough sun to bloom well. Also, since they are native, fertilizer is optional, and they may be getting too much nitrogen, which will advance the foliage at the expense of flowers.