Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How to grow a Kalanchoe

This is my friend Gina's red kalanchoe.  She is a plant enthusiast and it shows. This 2 year old is blooming again under her good care. It's gotten plenty of light and regular fertilization.

The white kalanchoe is sitting at a florist and just ready to find itself in an appreciative plant grower's home.

Kalanchoe is sometimes pronounced as kal-en-ko-e and sometimes as ku-lanch-oh.  This lush succulent with it's vivacious colored blooms is quite easy to grow.  You will find it for sale with red, yellow, pink or white blooms.  Their natural blooming time is during the winter.   Plants sometimes seem to have a mind of their own so yours may bloom at any time.

These excellent houseplants are natives of Madagascar and Tropical Africa. 

They are easily propagated from a leaf or stem cuttings.  Stem cuttings can be rooted in water, potting soil or perlite.  A leaf can be rooted by placing the end of the leaf that has been detached from the plant into potting soil.  Insert it about 1/8" or so and keep the top of the soil on the moist side for the next month. Slowly,  water it less often.  As it roots and new growth form, it can dry out more before watering.

Care Instructions--
  • Requires direct sun for the strongest growth.
  • Water when the top of the soil if quite dry.  Water thoroughly. 
  • Fertilize regularly. 
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