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mminjass
Feb 7, 2018 10:50 AM CST
Hello,

I only recently started enriching my room with plants, so I am new at it. I have couple of plants and for each I did a bit of research about how to take care of them. Recently a friend sent me a baby calanhoa. The only other succulent I have is aloe vera and she is thriving. I know what kind of soil they need (mixed with gravel), what kind of light they need (enough but not direct), and how to water them (once a week, not to make soil soggy, and wait till it dries out so the plant is encouraged to develop strong roots). Also the pot has a hole at the bottom.

So this little guy started growing another pair of leaves since hes been here with me, but the strange thing started to happen. His leaves started facing down. He also started to curve to the window. So I thought he needed more light (my window is facing north-east, so I have no direct sunlight except in the morning), so i placed him on a spot where he can get more of the sunlight and rotated him, but instead of straightening up, the whole plant started to lean to the ground. After that I secured him with a couple of little rocks to help him stay straight. But anyway, leaves are still facing down, and it's not because he doesn't have enough water. My theory is that his root isn't strong enough, I talked to the friend that sent me the plant and she said that all of her baby plants had weak roots (she didn't know a ting about soil and amount of watering so the plants didn't have a good start). I still have to replant him in a appropriate soil, maybe that's the problem, but after i got baby aloe vera it took me months to realize she needs a different soil and that didn't made her leaves act weird. So I am a little worried that it might be something else. Or is it normal for a young plant to act like that? Could it be that the heat from the radiator is to be blamed? It is right beneath the window. But I have fittonias and aloe vera on that same place as calanhoa, and I can see it is drying them up a little, but it is not damaging them. Unfortunately I can't put them anywhere else because I live in a student dorm and only have this one window. What can I do to help him?

Sorry for the long text, I just wanted to explain the whole situation. I'm looking forward to your response.

Thank you for reading,

Sincerely,
Minja
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 7, 2018 2:01 PM CST
Your Kalanchoe is very tiny and still immature. The roots are also undeveloped, so its needs at this point are minimal. If you plan to repot it, use a much smaller pot. That will allow the potting mix around the roots to dry much sooner. Top growth will become stronger after the roots have established themselves and nearly filled the pot.

Indoors, Kalanchoes need maximum light. Keep yours on your sunniest windowsill. Allow the top quarter of the potting mix (not just the surface) to dry before watering.
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mminjass
Feb 7, 2018 5:33 PM CST
WillC said:Your Kalanchoe is very tiny and still immature. The roots are also undeveloped, so its needs at this point are minimal. If you plan to repot it, use a much smaller pot. That will allow the potting mix around the roots to dry much sooner. Top growth will become stronger after the roots have established themselves and nearly filled the pot.

Indoors, Kalanchoes need maximum light. Keep yours on your sunniest windowsill. Allow the top quarter of the potting mix (not just the surface) to dry before watering.


Thank you so much for explaining everything and for the advice! Next week I am repoting it in a better soil (for succulents), and I'll use a smaller pot. Thank You!

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