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vickid105
May 9, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Please!! How to I rid my garden of Kalanchoe (mother of thousnds)? They are everywhere outside, and when I pull them out they simply reproduce...I have so many, I have simply surrendered. The orange blossoms are lovely-really, the plant is lovely-but not everywhere-in every garden beds...in the lawn....every side of my house.
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Garden10
May 9, 2017 11:11 AM CST
Tell me you live in NY state, I will trade you 978 million maple seedlings for your kalanchoe!! Smiling
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Baja_Costero
May 9, 2017 11:23 AM CST
Those Kalanchoes are among the most weedy succulents there are. Once they invade an area they are really difficult to eradicate. You have to pull, and keep pulling, until there are no more adult plants to drop plantlets from their leaves. Even in containers they can be quite weedy. I remember pulling volunteers out of my other pots for months after I got rid of my potted Kalanchoe.

If you give up, you will have Kalanchoes everywhere (climate permitting). They really can take over even in very dry conditions. Last year we visited a botanical garden in Mexico where half of the place was native vegetation allowed to grow the natural way, only somebody allowed Kalanchoes to escape and grow out there, and they ended up outnumbering the native species. Very sad. Sad
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DaisyI
May 9, 2017 12:01 PM CST
I have Kalanchoe in my greenhouse cactus garden. I pull them constantly. I have never owned a Kalanchoe (except for the 1000's of little ones that keep coming up). I have no idea how they got there.
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tarev
May 9, 2017 12:02 PM CST
I agree very weedy growth. Keep pulling and pulling, thankfully it is controlled here on my side when we get wet cold winter, but they sure come back robust when warm temps settle in again.
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purpleinopp
May 13, 2017 5:38 AM CST
They pull up easily. I'll gladly trade the job of pulling baby Kals if you'll pull baby oaks for me! Kals are so shallowly-rooted, you should be able to rake them up.
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vickid105
May 14, 2017 5:17 AM CST
Thank you so much for your replies-and your senses of humor. Now, when I pull these horrendous plants, I am much more gentle so all the damn seedlings don't go everywhere. Florida's growing season is gearing up, so now is the time for action.....and how I would love maple or oak seedlings!!
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Garden10
May 14, 2017 7:40 AM CST
vickid105 said:and how I would love maple or oak seedlings!!


The grass is always greener...how could I not say that? Good luck with them! Thumbs up
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gingin
May 14, 2017 2:19 PM CST
Vicki...what part of Florida? I'm in the panhandle and have LOTS of oak seedlings and wild persimmon. You are welcome to come get as many as you want
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