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Syracuse, New York
shannanapeels
Sep 22, 2017 9:12 AM CST
I'm pretty new to gardening, always wanted to have an outdoor garden but couldn't manage it, recently discovered I can keep indoor plants fairly well, though.
I had a Kalanchoe from almost 7 years ago that was starting to die, I wasn't sure what from and after a few months of doing everything I could think of, I finally just picked the last living leaf and planted it thinking "worth a shot..." Turns out it worked and now I have a stalk about 8" tall with leaves and a single blossom and everything!
How do I get it to spread, though? Is it just a waiting thing or should I be doing something? It looks so naked, just one stem all by itself!

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WillC
Sep 22, 2017 9:18 AM CST
What kind of Kalanchoe? Can you post a photo?
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WillC
Sep 22, 2017 10:48 AM CST
Your Kalanchoe will not send out branches and it is unlikely to produce new shoots growing up from the soil. That is why these plants are normally grown with multiple stems in the same pot.

What you can do is to take a cutting from the top and root it in the same pot. By shortening the stem, it will be lean less and by inserting the cutting in the base you will help fill it out. As time passes, you will be able to get more cuttings to insert there.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Sep 22, 2017 1:18 PM CST
It looks like K. blossfeldiana to me, which does branch, easily, IME. Taking cuttings from all of those branches is how I have a tiny forest of these plants.





Leaning is in regard to the light coming from 1 direction, and being of much lower intensity than direct sun outside.

Well done on keeping it alive so long, so far! Keep up the good work. If you have not been getting blooms every winter/spring, moving it to a more brightly-lit spot, if available, should help get some blooms going this time around.
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The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
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โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Syracuse, New York
shannanapeels
Sep 22, 2017 1:45 PM CST
WillC said:Your Kalanchoe will not send out branches and it is unlikely to produce new shoots growing up from the soil. That is why these plants are normally grown with multiple stems in the same pot.

What you can do is to take a cutting from the top and root it in the same pot. By shortening the stem, it will be lean less and by inserting the cutting in the base you will help fill it out. As time passes, you will be able to get more cuttings to insert there.


Interesting! I'll try this, thanks for the tips!
Syracuse, New York
shannanapeels
Sep 22, 2017 1:47 PM CST
purpleinopp said:It looks like K. blossfeldiana to me, which does branch, easily, IME. Taking cuttings from all of those branches is how I have a tiny forest of these plants.





Leaning is in regard to the light coming from 1 direction, and being of much lower intensity than direct sun outside.

Well done on keeping it alive so long, so far! Keep up the good work. If you have not been getting blooms every winter/spring, moving it to a more brightly-lit spot, if available, should help get some blooms going this time around.


Thanks for the info! Hopefully I can keep it alive a few more years ๐Ÿ˜‹
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 22, 2017 2:06 PM CST
Always happy to talk about one of my very favorite plants! The reliable winter blooms are what earns that distinction for this plant, for my personal classification.
๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
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