Kalanchoe flower blooming is one of the most beautiful things that nature has to offer. However, it can be difficult to grow these flowers indoors because they are not very hardy plants. You need a lot of space and time to make them thrive. If you have no idea where to start, then here are some tips on how to grow Kalanchoe Flowers in your home or office:
1) Do Not Use Plastic Bags For Growing Plants!
Plastic bags are not good for growing plants. They absorb too much moisture and don’t allow enough air circulation inside the bag. Also, plastic bags cause rot and fungus in your plants. So, avoid using plastic bags when you’re trying to grow kalanchoe flowers indoors.
2) Use A Shallow Tank And Water Your Plant Slowly!
The water level should be kept at least 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the tank. The water level must never go above the top of the container. Too much water will result in root rot and death. If you want to keep your plant alive, you’ll have to give it plenty of light so that it can photosynthesize its energy into oxygen and nutrients.
3) Keep Your Container Clean And Dust Free!
Disregarding a dirty container is detrimental to the growth of your plant. It should be thoroughly washed using a mild detergent or a container cleaner. After washing, rinse and let it dry in the sun for about 6 hours or so. Follow this up by wiping down the sides with a cloth dipped in plain water.
Let it dry in the sun again before putting in your plants or soil.
4) Common Soil Is Not Good For Growing Kalanchoe!
The most common type of soil used in growing plants is peat moss and vermiculite. However, this mixture is not good for your kalanchoe. It is best to get a soil specifically designed for cacti and succulents. If you are having a hard time getting this kind of soil, then you can also use sand or orchid potting mix instead.
5) Fertilize Your Plant With Cactus And Succulent Food!
The last thing that your plant needs is food! Use a cacti and succulent fertilizer on your plant every week but only in small amounts. A little bit goes a long way so be careful not to overdo it.
These are the basic steps on how to grow Kalanchoe plants. As long as you remember these principles, then you will surely have a happy and healthy kalanchoe plant! (See: How to grow kalanchoe).
Leggy kalanchoe plants are a common problem among new plant growers. But you don’t have to worry about this since we are going to show you how to deal with it. The causes of legginess in kalanchoe plants are many. The most common cause is over-watering or lack of nutrients but there are other factors as well.
Green leafy stems are one of the first signs that your kalanchoe plant is growing too much foliage and not enough blooms. This will cause the stems to become weak and unable to support itself (and the flowers). Another sign that you have a leggy plant is if the leaves begin to look stretched or elongated. This means that it needs more light and nutrients.
If a kalanchoe is too dark, it will begin to prioritize foliage production over blooming.
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Kalanchoe by Z Akulova-Barlow – Cactus and Succulent Journal, 2009 – BioOne
Antiinflammatory activity and acute toxicity (LD50) of the juice of Kalanchoe brasiliensis (comb.) leaves picked before and during blooming by RHV Mourão, FO Santos, EM Franzotti… – … Journal Devoted to …, 1999 – Wiley Online Library
Efficient transformation of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana and production of male-sterile plants by engineered anther ablation by B García-Sogo, B Pineda, L Castelblanque, T Antón… – Plant cell reports, 2010 – Springer