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Vineeta18-Dec-01 09:55 PM EST 3a   
Susan19-Dec-01 07:50 AM EST 6a   
Vineeta19-Dec-01 09:24 AM EST   
Susan19-Dec-01 11:31 AM EST 6a   
Will Creed19-Dec-01 05:44 PM EST   
vineeta20-Dec-01 10:07 AM EST   
Susan20-Dec-01 10:44 AM EST 6a   
Will Creed20-Dec-01 12:56 PM EST   
Laura Hammond-White28-Jan-02 12:42 AM EST 6a   
28-Jan-02 07:40 PM EST   

Subject: Kalancho
From: Vineeta
Zone: 3a
Date: 18-Dec-01 09:55 PM EST

Hi everybody,

Thanks for all your help and suggestions. Can anyone help me about Kalancho please? It is a very flowery tree, at least when i got it as a gift, it had many. But, it lost a lot of leaves and became weak in the last few days. I'm concerned about its health. Please help.

**I'm not sure about the zone. Does Michigan ome under zone 3a?

Thanks, Regards.

Subject: RE: Kalancho
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 19-Dec-01 07:50 AM EST

It sounds like an interesting plant. There is a brief summary of it's requirements on the University of Illinois site at:

It includes this statement: 'Plants seldom do well after their second blooming. Rooted cuttings can be taken to encourage new plant production.' - Maybe your has bloomed before... They appear to be easy to propagate from the leaves. One site said 'Most Kalanchoes are extremely easy to propagate from leaf or stem cuttings. Bryophyllums often have plantlets growing in the notches of leaf margins.'; another site said 'Maternity Plant ( Kalancho digremontiana)- Unique, the babies fall off of the mother plant. They grow on the leaf edges and drop off into the surrounding soil.' Do you know which kind of Kalancho you have?

Re your zone - this is a Canadian site, so our zones are slighly different from US ones. Michigan has a very varied climate, so your zone would very much depend on where you are. In the northern end, you'd probably be roughly equivalent to zone 4/5 in Canadian terms, while in the southern parts you could be zone 8 or higher....

Subject: RE: Kalancho
From: Vineeta
Date: 19-Dec-01 09:24 AM EST

Hi Susan,

Thanks for helping me. No, i don't know its particular type. But, since i came to know from your mail that a new tree can grow from a stem, is it possible that if i cut a still healthy branch of the tree near from the main stem, and plant it in another pot, it will grow healthy? My tree is currently in a pot about 4" high.

Can you please help me in the following confusions:-

1] Is there any specific procedure that i should follow to protect the tree from getting shock while cutting and re-planting the healthy branch ?

2] Shall i plant it in a pot of same size or smaller than the current one?

3] Is there any specific type of soil, food, etc. that i should use to remain its health?

Please help. Thanks, Regards.

Subject: RE: Kalancho
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 19-Dec-01 11:31 AM EST

Hi again Vineeta

Your description of your plant as a tree threw me off a bit - try looking at the picture at:

Is that what you have? If so, they're very easy to propagate. You should start to see new growth starting at the base of the existing stems. The older stems rapidly lose their lower leaves and get 'leggy'. I cut the leggy stems off, dip them in rooting powder and put them in water until you see roots starting to show and then pot them using cactus and succulent soil. You can also pot them straight into the soil after the rooting powder treatment. A 4" pot is fine - I lant several stems in one pot to make it look more bushy. The little plants at the basre of the old ones will continue to grow and become new, bigger plants. Kalanchoes are short-day plants, which means they need shorter days to blossom, so strong, natural light is good - i.e. they need the long, dark days of winter to blossom and won't blossom in the summer unless you make sure they have an artificial short day. I find that they're often hard to bring back into bloom.

For more information on growing kolonchoes, try:

This site is talkingh about growing them in a commercial greenhouse but it has lots of good information on their needs.

Subject: RE: Kalanchoe
From: Will Creed
Date: 19-Dec-01 05:44 PM EST

Flowering kalanchoes are often discarded after they have finished flowering because they are difficult to re-bloom in the home. They require a 3 month period during which they must have 16 hours of complete darkness and 8 hours of bright light every 24 hours with a 10 degree drop in temperature at night. Not easy to do.

If you want to keep your kalanchoe as a foliage plant, keep it pinched back so it doesn't get leggy. Don't repot it; allow the soil to dry out between waterings; fertilize sparingly; and keep it on a warm sunny windowsill. Over watering and repotting are the two most common problems with this plant.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Will Creed, Horticulturist Horticultural Help, NYC

P.S. You may be interested in my website at and my Indoor Plant Bulletins that I publish monthly. The Bulletins contain lots of helpful facts and unusual tips for keeping house and office plants alive and well.

Subject: RE: Kalancho
From: vineeta
Date: 20-Dec-01 10:07 AM EST

Hi Susan,

I visited the link given in your mail and the picture of Kalanchoe didn't match my tree. I don't know whether there is any other species of Kalanchoe; if there is none except that shown in the picture, then my tree is certainly not Kalanchoe, because, its flowers are deep pink and not like the red ones in the picture. In fact, it looked more like Christmas Cactus! Unfortunately, i didn't buy the tree, and there was no level on it when it came to me. I don't know what to do. Will it be a good idea of taking it to a nursery hoping that they might identify it?

Hi Will,

I visited your site and found it to be quite interesting. Thanks for your help, but as i wrote, it doesn't seem to be a kalanchoe. Anyway, thanks and best wishes for your site.

Thanks to both of you. Regards.

Subject: RE: Kalancho
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 20-Dec-01 10:44 AM EST

There are a lot of different types of kalanchoes and some look quite different. The one in the web page I sent you to has many varieties with different colored flowers - pinks are a common color. Your best bet may be to go to Goggle search engine ( and type kalanchoe in the box and then click on the images button and it'll return pages of different pictures of kalanchoes and maybe you can find one that look more like the one you have; the other option is to go to a local garden center with a good selection of indoor plants and find one that looks like yours and see what it is called....

Subject: RE: Kalancho
From: Will Creed
Date: 20-Dec-01 12:56 PM EST

If the flowers a similar in size and shape to holiday cactus, then research under zygocactus or epiphyllum.

Subject: RE: Kalancho
From: Laura Hammond-White
Zone: 6a
Date: 28-Jan-02 12:42 AM EST

Hi! I also have a kalanchoe and I was wondering how to make it bloom. It has the most beautiful orange flowers or so I remember. Alas, with all my pampering, my plant is now over a foot tall and quite leggy as you were describing. How can I get this plant back under control and blooming without killing it?

I have it on a nice sunny windowsill and it is still in the original pot (3") that I bought it in.

Subject: RE: Kalancho
Date: 28-Jan-02 07:40 PM EST


Read my December 19 reply above.

Will Creed

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