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I planted 3 actaea white pearl last spring in a north position (behind the house). They have done poorly, making a few leaves and no flowers. What could I do? Might they be in the wrong position? They do get some sun in the early morning from east and the evening from west. Too much? Or why did they not flower?

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  • Posted: Tue. 23rd February 2016 20:58

Re: Actaea not flowering and generally not doing well

Reply from Botanic Jewels Design

This species requires a constantly moist humus-rich position; perhaps the soil up against the house wall might be too dry? If so you could try watering when the weather becomes milder to encourage growth? Try mulching just one or two of the three, and see if that improves matters; the humus will also aid moisture retention. Some say they even tolerate full shade, so light levels may not be the full answer....As It is also slow to establish, taking up to three years for a clump to mature and hence flower, moving it to a more moist position may just set you back further! Maybe try planting some elsewhere in a more moist humus rich position.

  • Posted: Fri. 26th February 2016 22:42