Kalanchoe — care at home
Kalanchoe – succulent-lived plants (family Crassulaceae), grows wild in Sri Lanka.
Most famous – Karl Blossfeld. This species has a smooth, slightly branched, to 40 cm stems.
Hard, dense and glossy leaves of dark green color in the sun blush. Inflorescences consist of 20-25 white, yellow, pink, red flowers. Under favorable conditions, kept for many weeks.
K. Mangina blooms large drooping bell-shaped flowers. Felt kind because it has a pubescent stem and leaves. K. marble has a beautiful leaves, the edges of which are brown specks.
Location and lighting
In summer, the plant kept on the window sill of a window facing East or West. It is useful to make a pot on a balcony, porch or put in the open window. In winter it is better to keep on the window sill of the South.
Kalanchoe grow well indoors with moderate temperatures from spring to autumn. Succulents, unlike most houseplants, like the difference in day and night temperatures. In the winter months the plant is kept at + 10°C.
Watering and humidity
Flower watered as the drying of the soil. Waterlogged should not be in the spraying is not needed. Occasionally useful shower, cleansing the dust from the leaves.
Have withered plant stalks are cut and reduce watering. In winter, watering is not more than 2 times in a month.
In a period of growth and flowering are fertilizers for succulent plants.
Transplantation and propagation
The required annual transplant after a period of rest. You can use ready ground for succulents, and make the mixture themselves.
It should include: humus, leaf mold and sand in equal amounts. Succulent plants need good drainage.
Propagated Kalanchoe is easy: seeds or cuttings pobegovyh. The faded flower stalks cut off, slightly dried (small – 2-3 days, big week), and then planted in a shallow container with moist sand.
To throw caution to the young plants do not rot. Cover them with a film or glass is not necessary. Seeds are planted in light soil and germinated at temperature not below + 20°C.
Pests and fight with them
A small brown plaque attached to the stems of the plant – scale. They can be easily removed with a swab dipped in water or alcohol.