Care Of Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Plant

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Among the choice winter blooming house plants, increasingly popular as a Christmas plant, is Kalanchne blossfeldiana, a small sub-shrub which grows about 12 inches tall. This delightful member of the Crassula family is suited to indoor growing.

The flower panicle, made up of many, small, crowded scarlet florets, is most attractive.

If given good growing conditions, new shoots appear regularly throughout the winter months to provide a continuous display.

Kalanchoe Care Instructions

A native of Madagascar, the plant requires sun and a well drained, light soil, one suitable for cacti. On top of an inch of broken crock or charcoal to provide the best of drainage, use a soil made of equal parts of coarse sand and good potting soil or compost with a tablespoon of dry manure for a four-inch pot.

After planting, water thoroughly to settle the soil and fill air pockets. Thereafter keep the plant on the dry side in a 55 to 65 degrees temperature for active growth and continuous bloom.

Propagating Kalanchoe

Plants can be grown from cuttings or developed from leaves laid on the soil, these plants usually bloom more freely than seedlings. If they fail to bloom after the first year, it is usually because of too much water or too little sun.

Kalanchoe laciniata, a taller plant more suited to the conservatory or greenhouse, produces larger flowers in a range from yellow and orange to pink and scarlet.

Kalanchoe flammea with yellow blossoms, does well in a cool greenhouse.

The species known as life plant (Kalanchoe pinnata) is seen often as an escape in tropical America, though its habitat is India. The ïellowish-white flowers, purple tinted, are three inches across.

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What To Do This Month- August

August's lazy days are here, when even the most energetic gardener's enthusiasm is dampened by lethargy.
  • Water & Weed - Make it a point, at least, to water and weed in preparation for Autumn's cooler days and flowers.
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  • Pinch Petunias - Pinch back leggy growths on petunias. A boost with a liquid fertilizer will keep them flowering profusely until frost.
  • Transplant - Plants which have finished blooming may be transplanted or divided: Japanese and bearded iris, Madonna lilies, Oriental poppies, daylilies, Virginia bluebells, Trains and Spring-flowering bulbs whose clumps need separating.
  • Sow Seeds - Sow seeds of bush beans, endive, lettuce, spinach, dwarf peas, turnips and cress for late crops.
  • Red Spider - Watch evergreens for red spider infestations. Hot, dry weather promotes the mites.
  • Harvest Herbs - Herbs may be cut and cured in a dry, airy place, without exposing to the sun, before storing for the Winter. The best time to pick them is just before the plants begin to flower, any time during the day as long as the dew has disappeared. Learn how to preserve herbs from the garden to the freezer.
  • House Plants - Water house plants with liquid fertilizer and cut back straggly shoots to induce bushy growth. New plants may also be started from cuttings. Neem oil sprays will get rid of mealy bugs, scale and white flies.
  • Wildlife - If you want the birds to come to your garden, let sunflowers, marigolds, cosmos and other Compositor, especially in out-of-the-way places, go to seed. Goldfinches and other seed-eaters will find them unerringly.