The Q&A Archives: Getting kalanoche plants to bloom

Question: I have 3 kalanoche plants that I got late last spring. When I got them they were all blooming. Shortly after getting them they began to loose their flowers and still haven't bloomed this year. The leaves are green and growing. I transplanted them into larger separate pots so they would have enough space and they seem to be thriving, except that they don't bloom.
I live in an apartment that faces west and there's a large tree in front on my building so my plants only get direct sunlight in the late afternoon. I had the plants on the balcony outside but it seemed to be scorching the leaves so I brought them all inside where they are a bit more sheltered from the direct light but still get quite a bit. What kind of light do they need? And what can I do to help them bloom?

Answer: It can be difficult to get a kalanchoe to rebloom but if you want to experiment, here's what to do: Kalanchoes are short day plants. Keep your kalanchoe in a cool, dark place so it can form flower buds. Some growers use either a piece of shade cloth (available at plant nurseries) or even a box to cover their plants.

By covering them 12 to 14 hours a day, you may be able to force the plant to produce buds. Once they develop buds, remove the covering and place in a well-lighted area.

Kalanchoe prefer a well-drained soil rich in organic material. Watering once a week should do it, but let the soil dry out before watering again. While it is in the dark, water only half as much as you normally would.

This is the same process you can use to get poinsettias to bloom for the holidays.

Hope this information helps!

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