Bittersweet Not Blooming?

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I bought Bittersweet at a reputable gardening shop and planted it. It has been three years and had grown wonderful with lots of leaves and vines but no blooms. Does anyone know why this happens and what I can do to get the Bittersweet to finally bloom?

Hardiness Zone: 5a

Pattie McIntyre from Bridgton, Maine


By Jan (Guest Post)
April 24, 20070 found this helpful

Hi,I grew bittersweet a while back and I think you need a male and a female plant to pollinate.Didn't they tell you that at the nursery.I may be wrong but that is what I was told.

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By Elizabeth (Guest Post)
April 26, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, you need both a male and female plant for blooms. Once you remedy this, you will have LOTS of blooms. Good luck!

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By Pattie (Guest Post)
April 26, 20070 found this helpful

Ok, next question. How do you know you are buying a female and a male?


I guess I need to know what I have growing now....Archie or Veronica! LOL!

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November 24, 2011

I have male and female bittersweet that bloomed for the first 3-4 years, but no longer produces blooms and berries. I prune it properly. What should I do?

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