please could someone tell me how many birds(flowers) they have had out of one bud.
Try this link to the RHS.
You usually get one flower per spike consisting of a good number of coloured spikes to form the familiar shape we see in pictures.
...and how long before it flowers at all? I have had a plant for nearly three years, bought as a rooted cutting in the supermarket in France, and it is sturdy enough but has not made much growth. It is in a large tub (as suggested in the growing info) and gets fed spasmodically and is kept indoors.
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Thanks Edd - by my time of life patience comes naturally!
I shall look forward to seeing a flower - one day - someday - and continue to ry out anything which seems a bit unusual, to me anyway.