Princess Flower Plants

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Asked by laelcali on August 16, 2011
Growing Princess Flower

Can I grow a Princess Flower as a small tree in my zone? I am wondering about the viability of growing a Princess Flower as a small (5-10 ft) tree in my small front yard. I live in Ventura, California (93001) and the plant would be north-facing and receive partial sun. Is the plant drought-tolerant? Also, how long do the blooms last? Thank you.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like it would be a good fit for what you are looking for. They are somewhat drought tolerant but it takes them a year or so to get that way. They can take partial sun, especially if your area is very warm.

It blooms year round, especially if regularly deadheaded.

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Asked by conniemorgan on August 3, 2015
New Princess Flower Tree Seems to Be Dying

It was healthy with blooms and buds. I water it, put it in organic soil in big redwood tub, put organic fertilizer spear in it. What can I do to save it? It’s lost nearly all leaves now.

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shelley
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

According to my research, princess flower trees do not respond well to transplanting and may lose leaves or stop flowering until they are established. The best thing you can do at this juncture is to follow the care plan for a princess flower, which is found here:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/princess-flower-bush/growing-princess-flower.htm

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Asked by Joanne MacEachran on August 12, 2017
Princess Flower Bush – Also Called Purple Princess Flower…

How do I prune for best growth? Mine is getting big. There are flowers on the outside edges but the middle is pretty barren.

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dawnjhiking
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Hello,

Thank you for sending us your gardening question. Pruning is part of regular tibouchina care. Remove flowers after they fade, to encourage the shrub to continue blooming rather than using its energy to produce seed. Use a pair of pruning shears to cut the flowers off below the spent blooms, just above a set of leaves.
Prune lightly in the late winter or early spring when the leaf buds begin to swell. Prune to improve the plant's shape and reduce its size. Select tall and misshapen branches and cut back to a parent stem, which is the larger branch from which it originates. Also, thin out crowded areas, especially in the center of the plant. A good rule of thumb to follow is never prune or thin out more than one-third of the shrub each year. Cut damaged and diseased branches back to the parent stem or just above a leaf bud. Do this type of pruning any time of the year, as necessary.

Here is an article you might find helpful:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/princess-flower-bush/growing-princess-flower.htm

Please let us know if you have any other gardening questions and happy gardening!

Thanks
Gardening Know How

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Asked by Anonymous on August 16, 2017
Princess Flower Tibochina Bloom

My princess flower tibochina hasn’t bloomed this year. Any suggestions about pruning, fertilization, etc…? I live in Northwest Florida. Also, what is the best kind of spray and fertilizer to use on roses? Thanks.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Make sure you are adequately watering your plant.
Fertilize your plant with an acid based fertilizer, Azalea and Rhododendron formulas will work.
Follow the application directions on the packaging.
If plant grow still seems poor you should have your soil tested.
If it is extremely alkaline (which I suspect), you can work in pine needles or redwood compost to make the soil more acidic.

Here is an article with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/princess-flower-bush/growing-princess-flower.htm

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Asked by mpratt77 on September 6, 2017
Tibouchina

My plant has shed all of its leaves.

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BushDoctor
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Make sure the soil stays moist, with short periods of dry in between. This seems like a case of either under or overwatering. Also, to keep the pH balanced, it is a good idea to add dolomitic lime to the soil. This supplements calcium, magnesium, and acts as a buffer for the pH of the soil.

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