Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana is one of the most attractive houseplant. It is a compact succulent with fleshy green leaves and flowers in a variety of colours. The tiny flowers are carried in thick bunches and last for many weeks.
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Water every 14 days in Spring and Summer. In hottest weather, when soil dries out quickly water every week. Keep dry in Winter, water once a month to prevent leaves from shrivelling. Never let it stand in water.
Feed with high potash fertilizer 2 -3 times in Summer.
Re-pot every Spring in size larger pot, using 3 parts soil-based and 1 part sharp sand.
Sow seeds on surface of seed and cutting compost and keep seed tray in light. Not all seeds germinate at once.
Propagate in Spring or Summer by cutting 3 inches long non flowering growth or from a leaf cutting. Cut shoots with a sharp knife, ease leaves off gently with as much of base as possible. Dust with rooting powder, leave to dry 3 days, then lay on fresh dry compost. Water after 3 weeks when roots should have formed. Sow seeds in mid Spring.
Left to itself, the plant flowers in Spring, but commercial growers make it flowers at other times by controlling the amount of light it receives. The plant needs 14 hours of total darkness for a period of 6-8 weeks.
Cut back the dying stalks of flowering.
Kalanchoe is an easy plant to grow indoors or outdoors. It needs warm temperature and bright light avoid sunny position in Summer.
On a windowsill or in a garden.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.