Bacopa Isn't Blooming

Ornamental bacopa, or Chaenostoma cordatum, should bloom all through the summer and into the fall if temperatures are mild and watering is steady. If your bacopa is not flowering, it may not be receiving enough water. If your plant dries out for just one or two days, flower buds may stop opening. Dehydrated plants can take 2-3 weeks to get back to full blooming. Try to keep the soil evenly moist to avoid this problem. You can also encourage more blooms by deadheading spent flowers regularly.


Common Reasons Why Bacopa Isn’t Blooming

Bacopa is not a fussy plant, but it needs evenly moist soil to keep blooming, so don’t skimp on watering. If you let the soil dry out for just a day or two, blooming may stop. It can take weeks to restart your bacopa’s bloom cycle after this. 

Bacopa will bloom year-round in a temperature range of 50-85 degrees F. If you are in zones 9 or 10, you can keep your bacopa outdoors during the winter and it will bloom. If you live in an area where nighttime temperatures regularly dip below 50 degrees in the winter, bring your bacopa indoors. Given enough light, the plant will continue to flower indoors. 


Pruning Bacopa To Help It Bloom

Although pruning isn’t necessary, deadheading spent blooms can encourage new growth. Younger plants can benefit the most from deadheading, which diverts energy toward more flower production. Bacopa has self-cleaning flowers and will continue to bloom profusely even without deadheading.

Fertilizing Bacopa To Help It Bloom

Fertilizing regularly will help keep your bacopa blooming. Use a water-soluble 10-10-10 fertilizer and apply it during a watering session. Fertilize landscape plants every month and container plants every 2 weeks. You can also use a bloom booster fertilizer such as MiracleGro Bloom Booster Flower Food.


Get Bacopa To Produce More Blooms

Feed your bacopa regularly to ensure full blooming throughout the season. You can use a 10-10-10 balanced fertilizer or a bloom booster flower food. The most important consideration to keep your bacopa blooming is adequate moisture levels. Do not let the soil dry out or it could set the blooming cycle back weeks. Lastly, you can try deadheading regularly to ensure more frequent flowering.

Why Bacopa Isn’t Blooming

  • Make sure the soil is evenly moist and does not dry out.
  • If the soil dries out and bacopa stops blooming, increase your watering schedule and be patient while the plant recovers.
  • If your bacopa hasn’t dried out and isn’t blooming, try a bloom booster fertilizer like MiracleGro Bloom Booster Flower Food. 
  • Try deadheading spent blooms to promote flower production.
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Author Chris Link - Published 12-16-2022