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Growing and Caring for Kalanchoe Plants: A Short Guide

1. Light:

  • Kalanchoes thrive in bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, but too much can lead to sunburn.
  • Indoor locations near a sunny window or outdoor areas with filtered sunlight are ideal.

2. Soil:

  • Use a well-draining succulent or cactus potting mix for Kalanchoes. Good drainage helps prevent root rot.

3. Watering:

  • Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering. Overwatering is a common issue with Kalanchoes.
  • Water thoroughly but ensure that excess water can drain away. Empty the saucer beneath the pot to avoid waterlogged soil.

4. Temperature:

  • Kalanchoes prefer temperatures between 60°F to 85°F (15°C to 29°C).
  • Protect them from drafts and sudden temperature changes.

5. Humidity:

  • Kalanchoes are adaptable to average humidity levels. They don’t require high humidity and can tolerate drier conditions.

6. Fertilization:

  • Feed your Kalanchoe with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) every 2-4 weeks.
  • Reduce or stop fertilizing in fall and winter when the plant is not actively growing.

7. Pruning:

  • Pinch back the tips of the plant to encourage branching and a bushier growth habit.
  • Remove spent flowers to promote continuous blooming.

8. Propagation:

  • Kalanchoes are easily propagated from offsets or leaf cuttings.
  • To propagate from a leaf cutting, let the cut end callus for a day or two before planting it in a well-draining soil mix.

9. Pests and Diseases:

  • Keep an eye out for common succulent pests like mealybugs and spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap.
  • Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal issues.

10. Blooming:

  • Kalanchoes are known for their colorful, long-lasting flowers. They often bloom in response to shorter daylight hours.
  • Provide a period of darkness for 6-8 weeks in the fall to encourage blooming.

11. Container:

  • Plant Kalanchoes in containers with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
  • Consider repotting every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its container.

By following these care tips, you can enjoy a healthy and blooming Kalanchoe plant. Adjust watering and care routines based on the specific conditions of your environment, and observe your plant for any signs of stress or disease.

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