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lottierifah
Jan 25, 2017 7:58 AM CST


Please help, I am new to taking care of succulents and I recently bought this plant: Kalanchoe but as time goes by it seems to keep on drooping. I asked the owner of the garden centre where I bought it to and she said it's the normal growth of the plant but I am still not convinced.

I believe it gets enough light and not much water.

I hope someone could assist me.

Thank you very much.
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madcratebuilder
Jan 25, 2017 9:41 AM CST
My MOM's do the same, they want as much light as you can provide. I water mine as soon as they are completely dry. Long period of dry soil and more leaf droop.
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Jan 25, 2017 1:01 PM CST
Hard to say from that pic if it's doing that from lower light or thirst. Many pics to compare here:
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tarev
Jan 25, 2017 2:38 PM CST
Hello lottierifah! You said it was just recently bought. What was the weather condition from the store to your place? I don't know where you are located. To me it looks like it was exposed to sudden temp fluctuation. Typically I find kalanchoes prefers to be in a warmer environment, like sustained temps in the range of 65F to 80F.

So I hide some of them indoors, some I torture outdoors in the cold and rain, but I know they bounce back when warmer temps and better conditions return.

I am looking at your container..is that glass or plastic? Does it have drainage holes?

lottierifah
Jan 25, 2017 7:47 PM CST
Thank you very much for the response.

Yes, I recently purchased my Kalanchoe about 2-3 weeks ago. It was winter right now but the temp. inside the garden centre was around 15-20°C may be and I placed it near my window here at home which is also fairly warm and around the same temp. but may be your right it might have been because of a sudden change in temperature. I agree

Regarding to the container, I have placed it on a glass container with pebbles on the bottom, as drainage together with my other succulents and cactus. Do you think I should put it on a separate container on its own for now? Confused I attached the image of my whole terrarium.

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I also attached the image of my Kalanchoe, before when I just bought it and after a few weeks.


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I hope you could assist me.
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tarev
Jan 27, 2017 12:27 PM CST
Hello lottierifah, the glass containers do look nice, but as a rule for me, I never plant any of my succulents in a container without any drainage holes.

You got a mixed bag of succulents there. With varying growing/watering needs. I think your Kalanchoe is acclimating to the new set-up, but it does prefer more light to perk up much nicely. I would really recommend though that you move the plant to its separate container. In time, that particular plant will start making new babies at the edge of the leaves, and you will just be overwhelmed by how many it makes, and can easily overrun the other succulents.

Looking at your other plants, like your cacti. Most cacti go dormant during the colder season, so it does not need much watering at all. It prefers more light and more sun, compared to the other succulents growing with it.

The one that has yellow and red cacti, that is a desert cacti that has no chlorphyll, so it has been grafted to a tropical cacti which needs more moisture, and that is what helps sustain that colorful desert cacti. So you see the conundrum there, it is really hard to keep them together alive, they have varying watering and lighting needs. You can still grow them, in their own container, but be ready to accept the reality it is not the best combination to do. Some merchants/growers just like to do that, it does look attractive, but in the end, not sustainable in the long run.

The one that grows like a rosette, looks like an echeveria. I prefer to keep that type of plant in its own container too, or you may grow it in much wider, but shallow container with drainage holes together with the haworthia (plant in between the two cacti).

Grouping succulents is nice, but group them according to their growing needs, to make them last longer and use containers with drainage holes.
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lottierifah
Feb 8, 2017 11:15 PM CST
Hi Tarev,

Thank you very much for your response. I really appreciate it. I am new to this whole succulent and cacti craze and it's good to have someone giving me more information about how to take care of them.

Now regarding to my Kalanchoe, I attached a new photo, I am wondering if you could guide me on my next step to save it. So I transferred it to a separate container with a good drainage but it seems like I am too late for transferring it. The leaves already droopped even more and I just removed some of the leaves because it already wilted. Do you think I can still save it this way? Or should I just cut the top part and plant it again newly? Or should I just take out all the wilted leaves? But will the leaves grow back again? I believe I am giving it enough sunlight but I am not sure about the water needs of it because the store owner told me it don't need too much water esp. on winter time that's why I am confused. I hope you could help me. Thank you very much in advance. *Blush*

tarev said:Hello lottierifah, the glass containers do look nice, but as a rule for me, I never plant any of my succulents in a container without any drainage holes.

You got a mixed bag of succulents there. With varying growing/watering needs. I think your Kalanchoe is acclimating to the new set-up, but it does prefer more light to perk up much nicely. I would really recommend though that you move the plant to its separate container. In time, that particular plant will start making new babies at the edge of the leaves, and you will just be overwhelmed by how many it makes, and can easily overrun the other succulents.

Looking at your other plants, like your cacti. Most cacti go dormant during the colder season, so it does not need much watering at all. It prefers more light and more sun, compared to the other succulents growing with it.

The one that has yellow and red cacti, that is a desert cacti that has no chlorphyll, so it has been grafted to a tropical cacti which needs more moisture, and that is what helps sustain that colorful desert cacti. So you see the conundrum there, it is really hard to keep them together alive, they have varying watering and lighting needs. You can still grow them, in their own container, but be ready to accept the reality it is not the best combination to do. Some merchants/growers just like to do that, it does look attractive, but in the end, not sustainable in the long run.

The one that grows like a rosette, looks like an echeveria. I prefer to keep that type of plant in its own container too, or you may grow it in much wider, but shallow container with drainage holes together with the haworthia (plant in between the two cacti).

Grouping succulents is nice, but group them according to their growing needs, to make them last longer and use containers with drainage holes.



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tarev
Feb 8, 2017 11:52 PM CST
Hi lottierifah, where are you growing the plant, like orientation-wise to the light? This plant would love some good light. Can you position it to a more lighted area like an east or west facing window? South facing window is much better, but since it is still acclimating, got to do it gradually. Give it time to adjust. Plants are like that, takes awhile after all the disturbance they got.

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