For eight years, I’ve waited for a flower on this Stapelia grandiflora. The lack of flowers may be that I move this plant frequently throughout the year. It stays indoors (in various locations) in late fall and winter, then goes outdoors on the patio (in various locations) the remainder of the year. I thought I was doing it some good, but sometimes moving it at the wrong time will abort any forming buds.
Another reason may be that it has remained in the same pot all these years. For maximum bloom potential, the stems should be sorted out, divided and repotted. Flowers only occur on new stems, and some of these stems are a few years old. The old stems should go to give new stems a chance to develop. Eight years in the same pot is a long time!
I suppose it’s just well that it hasn’t bloomed. This plant, called the Carrion Plant, acquired that name for good reason. The beautiful, purple-brown flowers have a rotting meat smell that is quite offensive. The smell attracts flies and other insects that feast on carrion, and they then act as pollinators. This presents quite a dilemma. I can hope for beautiful flowers but then I have to take the smell. I can't have one without the other.