Blue Potato Bush not Blooming - Knowledgebase Question

Boulder, CO
Question by webmaster82
December 7, 1999
I bought a blue potato bush 6 months ago. It was pruned to appear more like a small tree than a bush. I believe this is the exact plant:
http://www.desert-tropicals.co...

When I bought it, it had great purple flowers on it. Since I've moved it indoors for the winter (it's in a big pot), the flowers have disappeared. I water the plant every 2-3 days and it gets about 5 hours direct sun a day. Any ideas? I'd like to see the purple flowers again!

Rich


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Answer from NGA
December 7, 1999

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you plant adjusts to the indoors, start a regular fertilizing program. Potted plant roots can't seek out additional nutrients from surrounding soil.

Here's some organic sources of NPK if you prefer.
Nitrogen: alfalfa meal, blood meal, coffee grounds, cottonseed meal, fish emulsion, seabird guano.
Phosphorous: bone meal, rock phosphate
Potassium: greensand, seaweed, kelp

Be careful not to overwater. Always check the soil before you water and water only if it feels dry a couple inches below the surface. A slow, deep infrequent watering better than frequent light watering. Leach salts at least once a month by letting water run through the pot.

I hope this info helps! you plant adjusts to the indoors, start a regular fertilizing program. Potted plant roots can't seek out additional nutrients from surrounding soil.

Here's some organic sources of NPK if you prefer.
Nitrogen: alfalfa meal, blood meal, coffee grounds, cottonseed meal, fish emulsion, seabird guano.
Phosphorous: bone meal, rock phosphate
Potassium: greensand, seaweed, kelp

Be careful not to overwater. Always check the soil before you water and water only if it feels dry a couple inches below the surface. A slow, deep infrequent watering better than frequent light watering. Leach salts at least once a month by letting water run through the pot.

I hope this info helps!

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