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lilit1
Jun 12, 2020 7:25 PM CST
I just got a kalanchoe fairly recently and it was very healthy when I got it. We put it into a pot and it was just fine for a week or two and then the leaves started to become a bit soft so I figured it was time to water it. When I watered it the leaves felt better for about a day and then went back to being soft. I noticed that the soil was drying out very quickly (almost completely dry that same night). I thought it might be due to heat or too much humidity so I tried moving it outside and it got even worse. I left it alone for about a week and watered it again today but I am confused as to what to do or whether its being over or under watered. The leaf colour is darker green but more dull than it originally was and the leaves have little wrinkles on their ends. It gets plenty of light on an east facing window. After watering it the first time, I repotted to a terracotta pot so that it would get better drainage/dry the soil out faster just in case I overwatered it. It seems like all information online says that it's very difficult to under water kalanchoes but that seems to be the problem in this case. I am just worried to keep watering it and kill it. Anyone have any input to help?
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Here is a picture of the leaves drooping, and they bend very easily.
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Here is a close up of the wrinkles on the ends
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Here it is when it was much healthier for comparison


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Baja_Costero
Jun 12, 2020 9:12 PM CST
When you do water, how much water do you use? These plants do tend to exhaust themselves with all the flowering and the leaves may take a beating as part of that. It doesn't look too bad to me. When in doubt, provide the maximum possible amount of light indoors (right on your sunniest windowsill). Don't move an indoor plant outside at this time of year without providing a lot of protection at first. It takes weeks for the plant to build up resistance to the UV in outdoor sun, so you have to give it gradual stepwise increases over the course of weeks.
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lilit1
Jun 13, 2020 3:02 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:When you do water, how much water do you use? These plants do tend to exhaust themselves with all the flowering and the leaves may take a beating as part of that. It doesn't look too bad to me. When in doubt, provide the maximum possible amount of light indoors (right on your sunniest windowsill). Don't move an indoor plant outside at this time of year without providing a lot of protection at first. It takes weeks for the plant to build up resistance to the UV in outdoor sun, so you have to give it gradual stepwise increases over the course of weeks.
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The first pot I potted it in was very small and it hardly got any water as a result of that. I actually ended up giving it water two or three times the first time I watered it because it was very small amounts at a time. After I repotted it into a bigger pot I could fit more water in there so if I had to say a measurement I would say probably around half a small cup each time (around 125 mL). I've only brought it outside once in attempt to give it back some strength but it didn't seem to help like you said. My main worry is that the leaves are so dull and extremely weak and flexible compared to how they were before. I love this thing, I dont want to kill it!!

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