Kalanchoe - Knowledgebase Question

Front Royal, VA
Question by kayla15
September 15, 1999
Can I keep the plant for a long time, the leaves are turing brown. I have looked everywhere for information on this plant.


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Answer from NGA
September 15, 1999

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There are many Kalanchoe plant varieties. Some are grown for their flowers and others are grown for their interesting foliage. The most commonly grown is K. blossfeldiana, which normally flowers in spring but can be forced to flower at almost any time. The leaves of this plant turn reddish in sunlight and the large flowerheads last for many weeks. This Kalanchoe needs a rest period. After flowering prune the tops down and place the pot on a shady windowsill. Keep the compost nearly dry for a month and then put the plant in a well-lit spot and water normally.

To keep your plant in tip-top shape, provide average household warmth (minimum 50F in winter). Place in an east or west facing window from spring to autumn and a south facing window in winter. Water thoroughly when actively growing, allowing the soil surface to dry between waterings.

Since the foliage is turning brown on your plant, cut it back and let the plant rest. New stems and leaves will sprout when it comes out of dormancy and you can begin watering again.

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