No Flowers

No Flowers

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN

There are a few different reasons why your plant may not be flowering - sometimes this is totally normal, and other times it may be a sign of a wider problem.

Forming flowers uses up your plant's energy, and so if something is wrong with your plant's general health then it may not have enough energy left over to allocate to flower production.

One example of where there's no need to worry if your plant is not flowering is if your plant is an orchid. Orchids have a natural flowering cycle and will lose all their flowers at the end of this cycle. Sometimes they may not flower again for a long time, even though the plant is still healthy and happy! Note that some other types of plants also go through a natural dormancy period, so be sure to check if this applies in the case of your plant.

However, some problems that may interfere with your plant's ability to flower include: if your plant has been exposed to a cold draft or recently moved (some plants are more sensitive to this than others), overfertilizing or, conversely, underfertilizing, likewise both overwatering and underwatering may lead to this symptom.

Orchid stops flowering

If you're unsure of which particular problem may be causing this symptom in your plant, you should take a look at its overall health and see if it's showing any additional symptoms. For example, if the cause is overwatering, it's likely that the soil will seem overly wet, the foliage may be yellow and drooping and, in particularly bad cases, the roots may have started to go soft and mushy - this is a sign of root rot.

On the other hand, shriveled up leaves and excessively dry soil may be a sign that your plant isn't getting enough water, and so this may be why your plant has lost its flowers.

If your plant seems otherwise healthy and happy, you should check to see if that particular plant type has a dormancy cycle.