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lottierifah
Apr 24, 2017 5:37 PM CST
I attached the image of my Kalanchoe. Now, there used to be flowers on the very top stem of the plant but now that it's gone it was replaced by a new leaf formation as seen on the picture attached. Now I am wondering if I can I use that new growth and plant it as new? Or is there a way to propagate it? Because it also grew something on the sides like somekind of root like system (but I am not sure what it is) please let me know.

Also, the leaves of the main/mother plant seems to be getting soft but I checked the soil it's very dry until the bottom. Any advice for that issue?

Thank you very much in advance for your assistance.
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DaisyI
Apr 24, 2017 9:54 PM CST
Move it to a brighter spot and give it a drink. This is a succulent, not a cactus. Those soft leaves are trying to tell you it needs water. That elongated growth is trying to tell you it needs more light.

Yes, you can start new plants from any part of the old one.
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tarev
Apr 24, 2017 10:08 PM CST
If soil is already dry all the way down, time to water and let it drain out. Hope that container has drainage holes. A bit more light exposure too so it won't grow too stretched out.

You can certainly cut that top part, include the roots portion, and repot in smaller container with well draining soil and container with drain holes. Position the new plant in part sun to acclimate slowly and then move to better lighted area or outdoors.
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DomehomeDee
Apr 24, 2017 10:16 PM CST
My succulents often will send out elongated stalks with the blooms on the end. I usually just cut the stalk off and then use the individual leaves to propagate more plants. I lay them in the soil, stem side down. You can also just try to root the whole cutting.
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Apr 25, 2017 12:46 AM CST
By the way, I think it is K fedschenkoi
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lottierifah
Apr 26, 2017 11:46 AM CST
Hi Tarev,
Thank you very much for your response. But just one last question, can you give me a more detailed tip in regards to cutting the new growth on the top part of the plant? ie. Do I need to let it dry out to calous for a couple of days after cutting or can I plant it on the soil right away? I am just confused because as you can see in the picture that the "roots" looking have grown side ways.

Thank you very much in advance. Thumbs up

[aquote="tarev"]If soil is already dry all the way down, time to water and let it drain out. Hope that container has drainage holes. A bit more light exposure too so it won't grow too stretched out.

You can certainly cut that top part, include the roots portion, and repot in smaller container with well draining soil and container with drain holes. Position the new plant in part sun to acclimate slowly and then move to better lighted area or outdoors.[/quote]


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lottierifah
Apr 26, 2017 11:49 AM CST
Hi Daisyl,
Thank you very much for your response. Just one last question, can you give me a more detailed tip in regards to cutting the new growth on the top part of the plant? ie. Do I need to let it dry out to calous for a couple of days after cutting or can I plant it on the soil right away? I am just confused because as you can see in the picture that the "roots" looking have grown side ways.

Thank you very much in advance. Thumbs up

DaisyI said:Move it to a brighter spot and give it a drink. This is a succulent, not a cactus. Those soft leaves are trying to tell you it needs water. That elongated growth is trying to tell you it needs more light.

Yes, you can start new plants from any part of the old one.



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tarev
Apr 26, 2017 12:02 PM CST
Hello lottierifah, just do the cut below the roots. Apply some cinnamon on that cut end as fungicide, set it aside maybe a day or two. Then it should be okay to plant with the roots buried below the soil line. It is ready to receive moisture. Water just enough to make the soil moistened. Make sure your media is very well draining and the container to be wide and not too deep. Those roots tend to spread shallow. Position in part sun, so it continues on growing its roots and acclimate to the set-up.

I would put a little rock right at the base of the plant to help it balance itself. In time those roots will anchor itself, and it will still grow newer roots as well. New leaves will grow again from the center of each rosette.
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DomehomeDee
Apr 26, 2017 3:02 PM CST
After looking closely at the picture, this plant roots really easy. If it has aerial roots already you already have a rooted plant, just remove and plant it, LOL. If not just about any little piece you put in the ground will root. I agree with Tarav about making well draining soil mix, I use extra perlite in my succulent pots. I have lots of this plant, they are easy to grow and have an attractive bloom. Good luck!

lottierifah
May 8, 2017 8:11 PM CST
Thank you very much for your response. 😊

DomehomeDee said:After looking closely at the picture, this plant roots really easy. If it has aerial roots already you already have a rooted plant, just remove and plant it, LOL. If not just about any little piece you put in the ground will root. I agree with Tarav about making well draining soil mix, I use extra perlite in my succulent pots. I have lots of this plant, they are easy to grow and have an attractive bloom. Good luck!


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May 13, 2017 5:39 AM CST
This species makes prolific aerial roots.
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