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Re: Kalanchoe

Kitty, this is so timely for me!  I just got 2 neglected small indoor
Kalanchoes to rebloom this winter, after finding out they were short-day
bloomers.  I have a 3rd one rooted from a stem my cat Gemma broke off, also
very easy.  I appreciate the info on artificial darkening, as I love the
colors these come in!
--Barb Tandy, Grass Valley CA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 8:05 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Kalanchoe

> Ceres,
> Here's a little something I had on Kalanchoe
> Kitty
> Flaming Katy
> Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
> (Use these instructions for other Kalanchoes, too)
> This Kalanchoe is a perky little plant, easy to maintain, with blooms in
> array of festive colors.  It features dark-green succulent leaves topped
> masses of miniature, brightly colored blossoms. They come in red, orange,
> yellow or salmon-pink.The blooms are typically present for many weeks,
> months, making for a long display of cheerful color.
> Give Flaming Katy lots of bright light--even direct sun during cooler
> months--to keep it happy. Its easy-care nature makes it ideal for dry,
> heated homes, since it doesn't mind warm temperatures. Water thoroughly,
> then allow your kalanchoe to dry before watering again. During active
> growth, fertilize the plant with a diluted water-soluble houseplant
> fertilizer each time you water.
> In its native Madagascar, this plant blooms during the spring months, but
> can encourage kalanchoe to produce blooms during virtually any season.
> Kalanchoe is similar to poinsettia and chrysanthemum in that it is
> photoperiodic, meaning it initiates flowering in response to long nights.
> Growers pull opaque fabric over their plants for 14 hours each night until
> the plants initiate flower buds. You can accomplish the same thing by
> placing a box over your plant for the lame "long night" period. Propagate
> new plants by rooting leaves or stems in potting soil. It will take 6 to
> months to get the new plants large enough to bloom properly.
> After blooming, cut back leggy growth and old flower stems, then repot,
> keep well watered in a sunny window. After the last frost, move outdoors
> gradually, sheltering from direct sun. Bring indoors and start controlling
> light in early October for January blooms.
> Kitty
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 8:15 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Kalanchoe
> > Theresa and Zem, I think I am going to order one from Singing Springs
> > wanted infor on it.  Can I use it in a mixed container?  How do you
> propagate?
> > It survives fine as a houseplant, Zem?  How big does it get growing
> indoors?
> > Do you take it outdoors during a growing season?
> >     Ceres
> >
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