Sunday, January 27, 2008
When so little else is blooming fully, kalanchoes brighten up the garden! Hardly noticable most of the year, this is their time to shine. Mine edge part of our driveway and were all grown from leaf or stem cuttings from my mother-in-law. As soon as they've finished blooming, take your cuttings. Wait a few days for the cutting end to dry a bit before planting them. No need to root these in pots first - you can just poke the cut end right directly in your garden. Water, but let the ground dry out between waterings. Look for new growth within a month or six weeks.
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The Kalanchoes make for a bright spot in the garden. I have not seen them growing outdoors. They are always for sale in pots throughout the year. Now that I've seen a bed of Kalanchoes here, I think I prefer them grouped together as they are here.
Thanks Kate - I'm lucky to live in a near-tropical area. With freezing weather, these kalanchoes will turn to mush - but when that happens they often return from the roots when it warms up.
I have a kalanchoe that I bring indoors each year, and it seems to be doing worse and worse, looking nothing like it did when I received it as a gift. Perhaps I shall leave it outdoors and see how it does this coming season! Thanks for the tip!
Katie at GardenPunks
Thanks for the information on propagating these. Mine are blooming inside and they're just gorgeous. I'd like more!
We have a gorgeous Kalachoe that my husband got as a cutting from his mother. He babies that plant something awful, but it is understandable now that his mom is gone. The blooms are just about ready to open. Thanks for the info on how to propagate them. I may try to make more plants for him.
Jan Always Growing
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