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Video:Kalanchoe Care Tips

with Jon VanZile

Kalanchoes are popular succulents that are not particularly hard to grow. Learn how to care for kalanchoes throughout the year.See Transcript

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Transcript:Kalanchoe Care Tips

Kalanchoes are popular succulents and are not particularly hard to grow. Modern hybrids are valued for their interesting leaf-forms or especially for their flowers.

Available in red, pink, yellow, or white, the flowering varieties are highly rewarding for their colorful and long-lasting flowers.

Seasonal Kalanchoe Care

Kalanchoes prefer bright, sunny locations, especially in the summer growing season.

During the winter, consider a south-facing window. Water moderately throughout the summer and let the soil surface dry out between waterings. Reduce watering during the winter. You can even let the plant almost dry out.

Kalanchoes prefer warmth so do not let the temperature fall below 55º Fahrenheit. An ordinary potting soil mix is good enough for any Kalanchoes variety. Feed bi-weekly in the summer with a liquid fertilizer, or use slow-release pellets.

Kalanchoe Propagation

Kalanchoe can mostly be propagated by leaf cutting or tip. Some varieties will also produce tiny plantlets along the leaf margins that can be individually potted up.

Kalanchoe Variety

The genus Kalanchoe includes more than a 100 varieties, but only a few are regularly seen in cultivation. Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is by far the most popular Kalanchoe, with large flower heads in a variety of colors. Both Kalanchoe Manginii and Kalanchoe Porphyrocalyx bear large, pendant flowers and make excellent hanging plants.

Kalanchoe Beharensis is prized for its large, velvety, donkey-eared leaves in pale silvery green. Kalanchoe Pinnata's fleshy, green leaves bear tiny plantlets along the margins. It is also known as the Mother of Thousands.

Once the bloom is over, simply cut off the flowering head, let the plant rest with reduced water, and resume its normal care. It should flower naturally in spring.

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