Don’s Expert Answers: Jacuranda flowering

Question From:
in Nanango, Nanango Queensland

Nature of problem:
Jacuranda flowering

Type of Plant (if known):
Purple

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Prolific flowering and seedlings

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
Red soil

How often do you water the plant:
Never

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
Full day

How long since you planted it:
Bought property with trees

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
No, Never

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
It’s eOutdoors

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
In the Ground

What other treatments have you given the plant:
None

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Other Comments:
If you want them to flower, don’t water them. Like bogenvillia, they flower only when they are dry. To see white and purple trees, go to gympie. The bandstand Park has alternatingly trees. In full bloom they are beautiful and the colours never mix. Wild finches breed next to my trees and I get dozens of seedings every year. I do nothing but enjoy them. Nature does all the work.

Answer:
I agree Isabelle, once established, all Monsoonal Deciduous* trees flower best if left unwatered leading up to flowering time. tThey do appreciate water after flowering through to February, but this is not essential.

* Monsoonal Deciduous is my own term for plants from similar climates to Bougainvillea: Silky Oaks, Cape Chestnuts, Illawarra Flame trees and Jacarandas. Don