Gardening

Kalanchoé: take care of its flowering


Kalanchoe is a pretty, easy-going, colorful indoor succulent.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Kalanchoe from Blossfeld
Family : Crassulaceae
Type : Succulent plant, perennial

Height
: 30 cm
Exposure : Bright
Ground : Soil

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : February to April

Maintenance is relatively easy, but a few watering or pruning tips will still help you improve flowering.

Planting kalanchoe

Planting or repotting kalanchoe is an important step because it conditions the good growth and flowering of the plant.

Planting and repotting:

This plant adapts to mild climates and will therefore preferably be grown indoors if you fear frost.

  • You will be able repot your fair kalanchoe after purchase if you bought it outside of the flowering period.
  • Then a repotting annual in autumn or after flowering helps promote the appearance of new flowers at the end of winter.

Cut the kalanchoe:

Multiplication by cuttings in autumn. The kalanchoe cutting is very simple.

  • Take the end of the stems 8 to 10 cm
  • Keep them dry for 24 hours
  • Then dip it in the cutting hormone
  • Plant it in potting soil for seedlings and cuttings
  • Keep your cuttings in a bright place heated to around 20-21 °

Maintenance of the kalanchoe

If the maintenance of the kalanchoe is finally quite easy, a few steps will allow you to have a very beautiful plant and for a long time:

  • Remove wilted flowers as you go.
    This gesture is not essential but allows stimulate the appearance of new flowers.
  • A repotting after flowering in a pot of slightly larger diameter will extend the life of your kalanchoe
  • The contribution offertilizer for flowering plants helps to prolong flowering and improve its quality.

Watering potted kalanchoe

Watering kalanchoe is important because it is a succulent plant with specific needs. Follow our advice.

In any case, it is important to wait until the soil is very dry before watering, but also to favor good watering rather than a multitude of small waterings.

  • During flowering, 1 watering per week should be sufficient, when the soil is dry on the surface.
  • Outside of flowering periods 1 watering every 15 days.

  • In winter, 1 to 2 waterings per month should be sufficient or even a little more if the air in your interior is very dry and very hot.

WARNING : The leaves of succulents are loaded with water. If they are sagging, they need to be watered.

Indoor kalanchoe

Native to Madagascar, kalanchoe, pronounced kalankoe, is a very beautiful succulent plant.

Of culture andrelatively easy maintenance, it hardly poses any difficulty.

If he fears mainly theexcess water, he also likes to have a lot of light, but especially no scorching direct sun.

You can install it both in a pot and in a planter, but be careful not to leave them within reach of children or animals as their leaves are poisonous if they ingest them.

Smart tip

Adding organic fertilizer promotes flowering, so stop any additional intake during the vegetative rest period, from October to February.


Photo: © M. Schuppich

Video: Kalanchoe, excellent flowery house plant (October 2020).