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Hi there
I have a mock orange which is now around 9 years old. It was originally planted I feel in a spot with not much room to grow because after the first two years it did not flower. I therefore re planted two years ago into a spot which was west facing fence with a little more room. However although it still greems up in summer it is not growing bigger and is not producing flowers can anyone help as I would love to see this plant thriving again.

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  • Posted: Fri. 20th August 2010 09:17

Re: mock orange

Reply from Katy Elton

Hi Carol,

What a shame! Just to check have you been pruning it at all? Philadelphus flower on old wood, so any pruning after the end of summer will mean that you’re removing next year’s buds. The best time to prune philadelphus is end July/ beginning of August.

Another option could just be that it is taking it’s time to get established and ready to bloom. This can sometimes take a couple of years, and transplanting it may have delayed this further.

Also, and I don’t think from what you say this is your problem, but philadelphus are not heavy feeders, so if the soil is too rich or you apply a lot of fertiliser, this may result in an over production of leaves at the expense of flowers.

Hope these pointers help in some way! Remember to add to your ‘plants I have’ list for further information and regular care instructions (such as when to prune): Philadelphus


  • Posted: Fri. 20th August 2010 14:08

Re: Re: mock orange

Reply from CAROL O'BRIEN

Hi Katy
Many thanks for your reply, I can only think that your are right about letting it settle for a few more years as I haven't pruned it since it was moved two years ago. I will watch it closely next year. Thanks again for your help.

  • Posted: Sat. 21st August 2010 17:53