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The flowers on my Hawaiian Lava Plant are turning pale.  It used to sit in an east-facing picture window but I thought it might be getting too much sun so I moved it to about 5 feet from the window.  Does the paleness tell me that it needs more sun?

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Evie,

The flowers do not last forever. How old is this plant? There are several types of Lava Plants. I really need a picture to answer the question more precisely. I suspect that these flowers are fading due to their age and you need directions on how to get the plant to rebloom. To give you those instructions I need to know the type of plant so send me a picture and I can give you a very detailed answer. For now you can wait until the flowers start turning brown before you clip them off. Good luck!!

Darlene

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

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I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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