Basic rules of Kalanchoe care for beginners

  • Dec 13, 2020

Good afternoon, my reader. Domestic Kalanchoe has other names - “tree of life” and “homemade ginseng”. There are about 200 species of this plant, but most often Kalandiva can be found in houses. Caring for it is not difficult, but, like any plant, it has its own individual characteristics.

Kalanchoe. Illustration for this article is used under a standard license © ofazende.com
Kalanchoe. Illustration for this article is used under a standard license © ofazende.com

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Popular types of Kalanchoe

The most unassuming and domesticated types of Kalanchoe are:

  • Degremona;
  • Feathery crassula;
  • Benta;
  • Blossfeld;
  • Mangin;
  • Large-flowered.

All of them are united by the Kalandiva genus, therefore the care, cultivation and reproduction of these species are very similar. Let's take a closer look at these common features.

General information: Kalandiva

This plant is so home-grown that it does not grow in the wild, and prefers cozy greenhouse conditions. It blooms for a long time and lush inflorescences. The leaves are dark green, compact and fleshy, the stems are strong but soft. The leaves are velvety and smooth. Kalanchoe reaches a maximum height of 35 cm. There are many flowers per plant, they are small and gather in the same medium-sized inflorescences. The color of the flowers ranges from white, pink to red, pale orange and yellow. There is a variety called "Kalanchoe mix" - flowers of different shades appear on one plant.

Kalanchoe blooms for about six months - from mid-January to late July. After the cessation of flowering, the resting phase begins.

Nuances of home care

Kalanchoe is an ideal houseplant. For a favorable development, it is important to observe the light regime during the formation of buds. Kalanchoe cannot stand two factors;

  • dark rooms;
  • direct sunlight.

The plant does not suffer from drought, so it is not necessary to spray it. It can grow calmly at temperatures from 10 to 30 degrees.

IMPORTANT! Avoid cold drafts, the Kalanchoe does not like them very much. They can be the cause of white mold on the leaves.

Also, do not allow sudden changes in temperature and a large percentage of moisture in the soil. This can lead to root rot and death of the plant.

The key to perfect care is infrequent watering and the right fertilization.

Kalanchoe watering rules

  • Water only with filtered water;
  • after watering, be sure to remove excess moisture from the pallet with a dry cloth;
  • in no case fill the soil to the brim, watering should be moderate.

How to fertilize Kalanchoe

  • It is necessary to apply top dressing in the summer and autumn, it is during these seasons that buds begin to set, and the plant needs nutrients;
  • fertilizers must be diluted in water and watered the soil;
  • strictly observe the doses indicated on the package;
  • apply fertilizers no more than 2 times a month.
Kalanchoe. Illustration for this article is used under a standard license © ofazende.com

During flowering, care is reduced to the minimum basic points - watering and removing dried flowers. Dried flowers harvested in time will make it possible to extend the flowering time. If you nevertheless decide to spray Kalanchoe with water, then try not to hurt the flowers.

How to propagate Kalanchoe

There are three ways to propagate a plant: seeds, babies, and cuttings. The most convenient is reproduction by children, but they are not formed on all types of Kalanchoe.

Cuttings can be obtained from leaves by separating them and placing them in a container of water until roots appear.

Seeds do not need to be germinated separately. It is enough to lower them into moist, loose soil, do not deepen them much and protect them from direct sunlight. The optimum temperature for seed germination is 16-18 degrees Celsius. The room with the seeds must be ventilated and watered with water at room temperature.

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