Getting Calla lilies to bloom
Since many of you said you had the same problem when I asked about it. So, my mom and I were shopping for rose bushes and I had some time to spare between the time we picked a color and the time we picked an actual rosebush in that variety. The man working there is very nice. His rosebushes are all in good condition and still blooming. All the other rose bushes in the other stores we were at were all bloom free with rose hips. I remark on it and he seemed very proud at himself for keeping the bushes blooming this late in the summer, an remarks that he sells more in late summer because his are the only ones for sale that still have blooms. So, I figure he most know a lot about getting plants to bloom, so I take the time to ask him about my beautiful but bloom-free Calla Lily. I am posting this here because several of you, when I asked for advice on getting my calla to bloom, replied saying that you couldn't get yours to bloom either and said you hoped someone knew so we'd all learn. Well, here's what I found out. So, I told him that I water my Calla Lily every day and fertilize it twice a month. He said that it sounded like I was doing everything right. Then, he asked me. "What are the numbers on the fertilizer you were using?" I said "I don't know. I'm just using miracle gro." He nodded and said "Is it a very healthy plant?" I said quite enthusiastically that it was. It's absolutely beautiful. He nodded and said "It has a lot of leaves?" I said yes it did. He said that general fertilizers are generally pretty well balanced in their numbers, and to make flowers you need a low first number and a high second number. And, if you get one where the numbers are evenly spaced it will spend all its time making leaves and not flowers. The way he explained it to me was this: The first number is for how well it encourages strong leaves, the second number is for how it encourages blooming, and the third number helps roots. Now, he says that this is a gross overgeneralization and there’s a lot more to it than that, but that was a good very basic rule of thumb. He said that if I skip a few of my bi-monthly fertilizations and let it adjust, and then start fertilizing it again with one with a low first number and a high second number that SHOULD do it. Now, the one I had was 15-30-15. So, I got a different “bloom booster” on that’s 10-52-something. I’m not going to fertilize it for a few weeks and them I’m going to start again with the new stuff. I’ll let you guys know if that fixes the problem. I also have some new flowers. Pictures soon.