How to Get a Crown of Thorns Plant to Flower
I CUT MY TWO STEMS OF CROWN OF THORNS, LEFT THE TWO STEMS INTACT AND PLANTED THE CUTTINGS. HOW DO I GET THE TWO ORIGINAL STEMS TO PRODUCE ANYTHING? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR INPUT.
Here are some tips on how to get a Crown of Thorns plant to Flower.
- These plants are sensitive to temperature. A Crown of Thorns plant likes to be warm and does well in temperatures between 60°- 95°F (15.6°-35°C). A Crown of Thorns plant may lose leaves if the temperature goes below 55°F (12.8°C). If the temperature goes below 60°F (15.6°C) it stops the plant from flowering.
- Put the plant in very bright indirect light but no direct sun.
- Feed monthly when the plant is actively growing with a water soluble fertilizer diluted to ½ the recommended strength. Use a plant food low in nitrogen and high in phosphorous to limit leaf growth and encourage blooms on a Crown of Thorns plant.
- When a Crown of Thorns plant is actively growing, usually from late spring to early fall, water well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. Reduce the amount of water when a Crown of Thorns plant is not producing new leaves and flowers, but never allow the soil to totally dry out. A Crown of Thorns plant can get severe root damage if the soil gets too dry.
You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.