I bough a single RC a few months ago and it is producing leaves, tons of leaves! I want blooms. When I got them 2 plants in 4" pots they came with a bloom cluster. How can I get these plants to bloom? This is a single plant and I have a monster of a double that won't flower either.
I was going to add, when you purchase a plant, the blooms have been forced by giving the plant optimal growing conditions that are exactly it's own water and fertilizer req'ments, taking it home changed that, if you repotted it is growing and settling into it's new home, so the blooms are waiting until the plant has it's roots established and it's strength optimized. There are products out there which help a plant bloom if you wish to use them, they are simply bloom boosters, I won't recommend any because I don't have personal experience with these products. I wish you luck with your RC
These plants like the sunshine. If you're placing it in a spot that will offer some shade, try moving it to a sunnier location. I'm assuming you're giving a little fertilizer. I have a huge one. I kept it in full sun last year in a pot. I was watering it twice a day in our 100+ temps. This spring I planted it in ground, but in a shadier spot. Has lots of growth, but very few flowers. Live and learn.
I think you are expecting too much, too soon. Buying anything in a 4" pot, it has to grow a bit before flowering. Some gardners even pinch off blooms of newly bought plants so they can concentrate on making roots. A plant needs roots and leaves to make the food it takes to produce seed which is what a flower is all about. Like another response mentioned, the grower "forces" a plant to bloom so it is more attractive to the buyer. If the pot you bought was full of roots, the plant might have bloomed due to this condition. Sometimes plants that get potbound will flower in a effort to make seed and save itself, reacting to the cramped condition.
My double ragoon creaper is 3 years old now. I'll move it over a little so they get more sun. Our full son is very strong. We don't get any cloud cover so it is very bright and hot.
Thank everyone for their advice.
I had to put in into a larger pot as the pot it was in cracked from all the roots. I hope it keeps flowering. It smells wonderful. I just moved it in to the house and I will keep a grow light on it. We have cold weather coming, I have to get all of my plants moved for the winter.
I'm sure I put 2 small plants into a much smaller than that to start. I don't think it is now is that much of a larger pot. I will measure the new pot and re-pot back. The pot was full of roots however. Perhaps when you get the rc in the l;argest pot yu have room for you could start root pruning.