Shrimp Plant
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shrimp plant in ground

Zone 39540 | glenda blue added on April 23, 2017 | Answered

My plant is 2 years old and just over 3 feet tall. I covered them this winter only on the nights it got real cold. Now that it is spring, I only have a few leaves but plenty of blooms. What causes that? I fertilized it with triple 13, not too much. What else can I do? I think I did it right with the photo.

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Alisma
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Answered on April 26, 2017

Shrimp plants often have few leaves compared to the number of blooms during the blooming period. As the following article suggests, you can encourage a more bushy appearance by trimming it back when the blooms start to slow down:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shrimp-plant/growing-shrimp-plants.htm

Providing some fertilizer was a good idea. The leaves do look a little pale, which could be a sign that it needs iron. Please see this article about iron chlorosis:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/leaf-chlorosis-and-iron.htm

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