I can't get my Kalanchoe plant to bloom. I get beautiful green foliage but no flowers. I tried keeping in a dark place for at least 10 hours a day, but still nothing. My mom has the same plant which blooms beautifully. What am I doing wrong?
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Try adding some phosphorus rich fertilizer or bone meal to the soil and see if this helps any.
I'm wondering first what kind of kalanchoe you have. If it's the common one with dark green leaves and flower clusters red, orange,pink, lavender on erect flower spikes, it usually blooms toward the end of the year. Do your mother's plants bloom around that time? if so, in addition to the fertilizer mentioned above, it needs high light, and is actually difficult to get to rebloom. To do so, cut it back to just above the first set of mature leaves, then for 4 months alternate 14 hours total darkness with 10 hours of light, cross fingers and toes and hope for the best. And pump your mom for tips.