COUPLE of years ago I bought a Kalanchoe 'Elves Bells'. So
far it hasn't flowered and I'm wondering how I can give it a jog
along. Perhaps I haven't fed it enough but I'm not sure what to
use. It's on a north-western facing deck in a terracotta pot and
gets a reasonable amount of sun.
sounds as if you're doing everything right. If it's growing steadily
then it should eventually flower. Most kalanchoes tend to flower
around spring and early summer, so I'd be very surprised if you
don't get a good show of flowers soon.
Hold back on any fertiliser,
as that could encourage vegetative growth rather than flowers. Expose
it to as much sun as possible and don't water too often - allow
the mix to dry out between waterings.
Once it starts flowering
you can move it to a better spot to admire the show. After that
it should flower every year, as long as you don't cut it back hard
or feed with too much nitrogen. Use potting mix and fertiliser specifically
formulated for cacti and succulents, which should have a good balance
of nutrients for kalanchoes.
Gardener, Issue 184, 2005, Page 33
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.