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Name: Ross
Lancashire, England, UK
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RPK82
Jun 15, 2020 5:01 AM CST
My Kalanchoes aren't looking that great, and one of them has actually collapsed recently. I would like to neaten them up and repot them all in the same pot.

What would be the best way? I like the idea of cutting the stems, removing a lot of the leaves so I can bury the stems very deep so the plants wont look so tall and thin, and so there's less danger of them collapsing. Would it be okay to bury the stems very deep?

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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Jun 15, 2020 10:43 AM CST

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I would not bury the stems deeper, but I don't know if it would necessarily cause any problems. If you want to reset the plant (for a while) you can decapitate it and root the head as a cutting. Or you could cut the sideways growing stem and leave the much shorter vertical one to take over.

A couple of observations about this plant:

The florist Kalanchoes tend to go through a dramatic decline after they flower. I think they sort of overinvest their energy in reproduction to the expense of the leafy part of the plant, and often end up scrappy or sideways afterwards as a result. They have been selected to bloom extravagantly and that's what they do. To some extent these plants are sold as annuals, to be enjoyed while they flower and then disposed of afterwards. Or at least the vast majority of plants sold probably don't make it to a second round of flowering.

The pot you've got the plant in is really small by my standards, relative to the size of the plant. Not that the plant is necessarily suffering because of that, and not that a bigger pot would probably change the sideways growth. Just something to bear in mind down the road, and maybe a bigger pot would help anchor it better. Maybe if you cut the plant way back you could leave it in that small pot indefinitely while the short vertical stem takes over.
Name: Ross
Lancashire, England, UK
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RPK82
Jun 15, 2020 4:09 PM CST
When cutting the stems, should I cut just above a node, just under a node, or somewhere else?
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Jun 15, 2020 4:13 PM CST

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Anywhere you like, as long as it's within the leafy part of the stem or below that point, and not within the inflorescence. I would cut here on the bigger plant:

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