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Created On: 05/06/2017 04:05 PM
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 05/06/2017 04:05 PM
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foam ball

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I have a 6 year old tree I started from a seed, it's about 25-30 ft tall now. So far no blooms. My neighbor has a tree from the same seed pod, also no blooms. He has one additional tree which is about 3 years old and it is starting to bloom.

So my question is how do I get mine to start flowering? I figured it might flower due to the lack of water it's had over the last 6 months, but so far no luck.

Edited: 05/06/2017 at 05:16 PM by foam ball
 05/08/2017 06:47 AM
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My big one has not flowered yet this year either.

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 05/08/2017 01:30 PM
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foam ball

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To clarify my tree has not flowered yet in it's life. Wondering why my neighbors 3 year old tree is covered in flowers. His tree is about 10 ft tall and pretty thin and whimpy looking with 2 little main leads. Meanwhile my tree is going on 6-7 years old and is pushing 30 ft.
 05/09/2017 12:05 PM
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Central Floridave

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Is it in full sun?
 05/09/2017 12:06 PM
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Central Floridave

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found with google:

A newly planted royal poinciana will likely take five years to bloom, although there are reports of some trees taking twelve years or more. To avoid waiting for blooms, you can purchase a tree that's already flowering. Sometimes only portions of the tree will produce flowers, but these events usually only occur once every five years or so. The rest of the time you should be able to enjoy your royal poinciana blooming during the summer in South Florida.

 05/09/2017 12:33 PM
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ww

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Sounds like you have a thriving young tree.  Even mature ones are a bit irregular about flowering.  

 05/10/2017 01:58 PM
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foam ball

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Looks like I have a late bloomer. It's in full sun till about 3 then the oaks from the neighbors yard start to shade that part of the yard.

On a side note I found some seeds for a dwarf Poinciana (caesalpinia) online. Figured they were worth a shot.
 05/11/2017 05:55 AM
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ww

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A bit of shade isn't entirely bad.  A bit of protection from cold.  

The dwarf poinciana is only distantly related.  Nice shrub, should be pretty easy to find at nurseries.  

 05/14/2017 07:55 AM
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foam ball

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Guess I spoke too soon. As I looked out back this morning I notice one little clump of red up in my tree. It finally bloomed for the first time!
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