Gardening is often about experimenting. You try stuff you read about and maybe it works or maybe it is a colossal flop. I tried a couple things this year that worked. One is orchids. I have been given some lovely ones and I have tried all kids of things to get them to spike again. Last summer, I put them out on the side porch (western exposure) and pretty much ignored them. In October, I brought them inside, put them in an east facing window and voila! They are throwing out flower spikes and one has bloomed.
The second experiment has to do with amaryllis. I have a lot from two years ago that just didn’t bloom again. I left them in their pots and put them outside under a tree and kind of ignored them too. They got watered when I watered the other pots. In August, I put them all in one big pot so it was easier to manage them. Then I brought the whole thing into the garage in October and ignored them until December. I started watering again and they are going crazy. Here’s some buds and one popped this morning. I love it when stuff works out.
And then there’s the Clerodendrum I got from my Mom. I finally cut it back after 3 years of letting the vine keep growing. It bloomed.