The Garden

Kalanchoe Care

– Kalanchoe –

I was given this Kalanchoe plant last week and have put it proudly on my windowsill where it will get partial shade and no direct sun.  As it is in full flower, I have been wondering what it will look like when the flowers die down to leave leaves that are semi-succulent.

From what I have discovered from my special book The Pocket House Plant Expert (Dr D.G. Hessayon, 2002), most people throw the plants away after they have finished flowering, but it is possible to make them flower again.  Prune the flower stalks once they have finished, and place the plant in a shaded windowsill.  Stop watering for about a month and then bring them back into the light before resuming watering.

The extra excitement about this present, was that it was given in the cutest little felt bag. I am currently trying to think of a use for it whereby it can be displayed more permanently…

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5 thoughts on “Kalanchoe Care

    1. I’ll let you know if I manage to get it to re-flower! Thank you for being so nice…this appearance got me excited every time I looked at it… I thought that I should just go for it – it feels more me!

  1. Love the ‘new look’. Very bold and eye catching. Im not very good with house plants, they always seem to die in a trice, so I am very envious. Perhaps I can try something simple, any suggestions?

    1. Thank you! I was worried about taking the plunge, but I am sooo glad I did. With house plants, do you want flowering or interestingly leaved ones? I have always had great fun with ‘The Prayer Plant’ – Maranta. It has strikingly stripy leaves which fold up at night as if the plant is praying. It is a source of much entertainment and really gives the plant a personality! Hope this helps.

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