Ask a Question forum: Caring for Kalanchoe Mortagei Crenata

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billyhubb
Jul 14, 2014 3:01 PM CST
Have one of these...
Needing to know how to best care for this plant.
Thanks
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plantladylin
Jul 15, 2014 8:11 AM CST
Hi Billyhubb! Welcome! Kalanchoe mortagei is a synonym for Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe poincarei)

I don't grow Kalanchoe but I'd think your plant would require about the same care as other Kalanchoe's: http://garden.org/plants/searc... and most succulent type plants requiring a location with a lot of bright light to full sun; a well draining potting medium that doesn't retain a lot of water (which would cause root rot) and minimal regular watering.

Hopefully someone who grows these beauties will pop in with some additional advice for you.

Lin
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billyhubb
Jul 15, 2014 12:50 PM CST
Thanks, Lin...
Mine is producing so many new plants right now... I'm just needed to harvest them. Wondering whether I need to purchase regular potting soil.... or soil for succulents? Guess that's my main question now.
Thanks for the response, Lin
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

Region: United States of America Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Procrastinator
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plantladylin
Jul 15, 2014 1:03 PM CST
You could use regular potting soil and mix in a lot of perlite to help with drainage. I use a mix of regular potting soil, perlite and orchid bark mix (which has bark, perlite and charcoal) for most everything I grow. I just dump some of each into a 5 gal bucket and mix it together with my hands until it looks right. It makes for a fast draining mix so during droughts I have to water much more often but at least I don't have root rot on my plants like I did years ago. Smiling
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billyhubb
Jul 15, 2014 9:48 PM CST
Again, thanks!
Will try that combination!
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