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my buckinghamia celsissima won't flower

Postby oopsadaysey » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:27 pm

I have 4 buckinghamia celsissima in my Townsville backyard, they were planted 4 years ago and are approx 5+ metres tall. They have never flowered.

Everything else in the garden bed has, Grevilleas, Melaleucas all planted at the same time.

Does anyone have any ideas? :twisted:

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Re: my buckinghamia celsissima won't flower

Postby bubba louie » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:44 pm

This says it won't flower in the tropics.

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1335127.htm


Hmmmmm other sites disagree.
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Re: my buckinghamia celsissima won't flower

Postby Pam » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:58 am

Try giving them some potash. It seems to help with flowering.
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Re: my buckinghamia celsissima won't flower

Postby Tropicgardener » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:54 am

Seems strange that the ABC would state that it won't flower in the tropics considering that it originates in the wet tropics !!!............ I had one in my Cairns garden and it flowered ok for me. They are pretty tough plants so Townsville's dryer climate shouldn't affect them.
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Re: my buckinghamia celsissima won't flower

Postby oopsadaysey » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:51 pm

Thanks guys,

The abc gardening link is a bit of a contradiction as it states it is rainforest tree from NE Qld and then states it won't flower in the high humidity and rainfall of the tropics. Townsville is dry tropics and is within a large rain shadow. The trees elsewhere including street plantings flower every year without fail. I will look into the potash idea.
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Re: my buckinghamia celsissima won't flower

Postby JNarelle » Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:54 pm

Here is a photo of my Buckinghamia c - i have not watered it at all during this drought and it's put on a fabulous display. :)

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note also how the Flindersia a ( on the left of the photo) has come back to life after it dropped all it's leaves in the 42deg heatwave. I put the greywater hose on it thinking it would either kill it or save it.

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