I have always loved Kalanchoe, with its tiny vibrant blooms, but I can't say that I've been all the successful in maintaining these flowering succulents for more than a season or two. But now I have new hope, as I have managed to root some Kalanchoe cuttings and they are now producing tiny pink blooms!
The funny thing is, that last Fall as I was walking home one day I spotted some succulent pieces on the side walk, and while I didn't recognize them as Kalanchoe, I figured I'd stick them in a pot and see what happens. So there they sat in my window garden all winter, and having weathered a fairly cold winter are now blooming! And now that I've done just a bit of research for this post, I realize that my lack of success with Kalanchoe plants in the past has most likely been overwatering, they are after all succulents and need to dry out thoroughly before receiving more water. And do keep in mind, that if you purchase a Kalanchoe and it doesn't thrive, why not root some cuttings from the plant before you toss it?
How to Root Kalanchoe Cuttings:
Kalanchoe cuttings can be rooted in several ways:
- Root them in water
- Use rooting hormone on the tips
- Leave to dry out on the counter for a few days such that they form a callus at the ends, before placing in soil
The cuttings should be 4-6 inches long, with lower leaves removed such that you'll have a stem that's 2-3" long. Plant cuttings in a small pot with soil that's suitable for a cactus, or do what I did and just use the soil you have! During rooting period water well, but after several weeks, when cuttings should have rooted, keep tiny plants on the dry side to avoid root rot. That's it! Keep in mind that Kalanchoe bloom in the Spring and white they prefer full sun, the can also thrive as houseplants in bright light. Enjoy!