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GreenBeen
Apr 29, 2021 3:33 AM CST
Hi!

Our mother of thousands did not take her first winter well. For the spring and summer of 2020, she was thriving- rather over-tall, maybe, but with green, healthy leaves, and producing many little plantlets (some of which we kept). Over last winter, however, her leaves have turned yellow and shrunk, and she has shot up several inches. I suspect it was the lack of light and the cold tempratures (we live in the UK in the midlands). Over the past couple of months, she has put out flower buds which have bloomed in the past two weeks or so.

Is there anything I can do to help her recover? Failing that, is it possible to hand-pollinate the flowers so that her legacy may continue?


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purpleinopp
Apr 29, 2021 9:15 AM CST
This looks pretty good, with a very nice bunch of blooms. Stem looks firm and healthy. Leaves have positioned themselves to get more light, turning down instead of up, but it was enough light to produce blooms.

When the blooms finish, you can cut off the bloom stems and new leaves should grow. I've never found any seeds from any of my Kalanchoe flowers even when they bloom outside.

It may be chlorotic, not as green as it could be. A dose of even fertilizer (1:1:1) according to package directions could help with that, or if that is ground dirt, replacing it could help.

I think it is this one:
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Baja_Costero
Apr 29, 2021 9:29 AM CST

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Making that kind of floral display is a tremendous investment for the plant, and I think you're seeing a certain amount of exhaustion, primarily. When the flowers are done, you will need to cut the inflorescences off at the base and wait for the plant to recover. If you are concerned it might not make it and are willing to forego the flowering experience, cut them off now. The more natural light, the better indoors. I don't think an attempt at pollination will accomplish anything (don't know if the plant is self fertile) but you can always make the attempt and see what happens.
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GigiPlumeria
Apr 29, 2021 9:21 PM CST
That's Mother of Millions, mine dies after it is done blooming. But if you look closely on the leaf it has little bumps known as plantlets. (You keeping the plantlets would keep the plants) Mine falls in the pots and produce "millions of babies". It is invasive, I'm finding the babies in the nearby pots.

I still keep growing them because I love the flowers but they only live for a year. They are great gifts, but I always warn my friends not to put them in the garden because they are invasive.
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GreenBeen
Apr 30, 2021 3:47 AM CST
Thank you for all the replies, everyone!

I'm thinking of both removing the flowers to encourage recovery to begin sooner, and replacing/refreshing the soil. Would it be okay to do these both at the same time, or would simultaneous moving and pruning put too much of a stress on her?
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Baja_Costero
Apr 30, 2021 9:33 AM CST

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I would think one step at a time would work best. And instead of soil replacement you might consider feeding with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (like 1/4 the recommended dose or less, depending on the brand).
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