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    Why only half a plant flower?

    I have flava rugellii that has flowered prolifically the last few years. This year only half the plant seems to want to flower. Why
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    Because that is how the plant wanted to do its blooming this year. Remember, they do things sometimes without rhyme or reason to us sometimes, but they have a plant reason for everything.
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    If those are sprouts of new crowns, that might explain it.

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    Ant, it really doesn't explain anything where the plant is concerned. New crowns are grown on an already mature plant. They have the same ability to produce buds as any mature plant. This S. flava just decided it needed half the flowers it did last year. No thing, and it happens. It may have to do with certain stresses put on the plant during winter. Since the plant doesn't talk, we may never know.
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    My guess is the plant thought 10,000 seeds is enough for this year. You know, the small family, time for kids idea. But that's a prolific flava alright! Like enough to spoil your dinner if you forget to close the back window. BTW I like the natural bog look in that tub. I might try that.

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    Well, Sarr rhizomes do grow in a particular direction, right? It's not like a potato that just swells up underground and grows straight up every season - the rhizome gradually elongates with each new leaf, running parallel to the surface of the soil. It might be that you planted it with the growth points near the center of the pot, and now, 2+ years later, they've grown all the way over to the side. If it really bothers you, try repotting it next year and look to see where the points are.
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    Seedy one, rhizomes grow sometimes in many directions. Don't limit the rhizome to only one direction as you may find yours suddenly expanding from all sides. Some S. flava do that regularly, some do not. My S.r. ssp. alabamensis is going haywire growing in five different directions as it is. Same with some of my S. alata.
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    My guess is the plant thought 10,000 seeds is enough for this year. You know, the small family, time for kids idea.
    LOL - this lady has a nanny - me! She has plenty of time for the kids!
    BTW I like the natural bog look in that tub.
    I figured the alata I have seen grow in pine needles, it might help the flava. Realize I added the needles for the the first time last year while it was flowering. Hmmmm...
    But that's a prolific flava alright! Like enough to spoil your dinner if you forget to close the back window.
    Huh?
    rhizomes grow sometimes in many directions.
    Sure enough, Bugs is right, most of mine grow in several directions at once. This one has grown to 2 sides of the pot and begun to turn!

    Since the plant doesn't talk, we may never know.
    WAIT!! BUGS - I thought you were the plant whisperer!! You've shattered my image of you

    < mental bubble> Bugs bent over listening to his plants complaints about the neighbors, an unruly bug in the pitcher, a pesky catepillar nibbling foliage, etc

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