You will need
- - Kalanchoe;
- - wood charcoal.
Watch the plant. Kalanchoe, standing on a light box, is able to grow even in a jar of water. The rapid growth characteristic of virtually all species of plants. However, too overgrown upper shoots the leaves become smaller and smaller, and shoots themselves look thin and not particularly beautiful. At the same time strongly stretched tall plants often do not have the strength to bloom, although in fact almost all varieties of Kalanchoe bloom in the apartments very willingly. Seeing such displays, tune in to what you will have to nip off superfluous shoots. Don't be afraid of this moment, such an operation will go to flower good.
Don't touch the flower until its crown is thick, and the leaves are large and beautiful. As only a thin viable top — remove it. Kalanchoe perfectly tolerate such operations, the plant does not need even be prepared. Its stem is soft enough, so tear off the top of a nail. The wound usually is not formed. If it is still there (and this happens when the stem is already quite thick, sprinkle it with charcoal or ashes. Enough ashes from a small burnt piece of paper. After pridobivanje very quickly be a couple of side shoots.
Let the first shoots to grow freely. It may well be that no operation is no longer required, and Kalanchoe will maintain its compact shape. However, this is not always the case. New shoots may initially grow well and give a great fleshy leaves, and in some point again become thin and ugly. Noticing this, presidnete plant again. Do it exactly the same as with the first escape.
Presidnete Kalanchoe and if blooming does not give long buds. Time pridobivanje depends on the specific conditions. But usually standing on the South window flower pinch out until the end of November. If he lives on the Western or Eastern window, then it can be done at any time. On the North side of Kalanchoe does not like to grow and do not bloom.
Some species of Kalanchoe pinch makes no sense. These include, for example, Kalanchoe Degremona. The people had several names. The names of the "surgeon" and "doctor" he received for the healing properties and "crocodile" the shape of the leaves. Between the teeth of its leaves is grow young seedlings. Leaves "surgeon" grow in pairs, they are usually fleshy along the entire height of the plant, and pinch it is not necessary. But in principle it can be done, it brings great topping and gives the side shoots, though less readily than other types.
Advice 2: How to repot Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe belongs to the Crassulaceae family. Different species of plants differ in fat (succulent) leaves and colored flowers (white, pink, red), collected in umbellate inflorescences. Kalanchoe unpretentious room culture. Once a year, this plant should be transplanted. Of course, plants for transplanting is always stressful, so it should be carried out competently.
You will need
- - pot;
- - soil mixture;
- - concrete block and clay crock for drainage;
- - water.
Kalanchoe replant in the spring. The plant itself will show you that this is the time to do. The roots of the flower will appear through the drainage hole in the pot, the earth will be busier and poorer.
Prepare to transplant a pot slightly larger diameter, preferably of ceramic and unglazed. If you purchased a new pot, then hold on to it for a couple of hours in the water. This will allow to remove from the pores of the clay, the gases trapped there during firing. If the pot is used, then rinse it with hot water and soap, and then soak for 2-3 hours in a pink solution of potassium permanganate.
Prepare a fresh mixture of soil: turf ground, ground sheet and sand in a ratio of 4:2:1. In stores you can purchase ready-made soil for succulents. You will also need shard shard laying on the bottom of the pot and a little stone.
Kalanchoe before transplanting liberally pour. Carefully remove the flower from the old pot. Lightly shake off old earth. All broken or excessively twisted roots prune. If the plant is too large, then shake the ground you should not. You can just cross the flower with the old ball of soil in the new pot.
For Kalanchoe is very important to good drainage, so the bottom of the pot you need to put a few shards, then small stones, and expanded clay on top of sand. The thickness of the drainage layer should be at least a quarter of the height of the pot, because Kalanchoe cannot tolerate water stagnation. Prepared drainage layer fill the earth.
Carefully place the plant in a pot and add soil until it will not close the roots. The soil level should be a couple of inches below the rim of the pot. Pour the flower and add a ground if needed.
It is undesirable to transplant Kalanchoe during flowering. Better just to postpone the change than to injure flowering plants.
If the plant is not feeling well after transplantation or weakened, then fed him a special fertilizer for succulents.