Santolina Does Not Bloom Should It Be Pruned

Question From: Austin, Texas, United States
Q: I have santolina that have never bloomed in the four years they have been planted. I have never pruned them but they are not leggy. I live in Central Texas. Should I prune them now for flowering?

A: Lack of flowering is usually the result of too much fertilizer, too rich of soil and/or lack of sun. Excessive moisture may also be a factor. Tough love is often the "secret sauce" that makes plants flower. Pruning may also be helpful, but don't overdo it. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy