2 Ways to Propagate Kalanchoe Plants Sukulent

2 Ways to Propagate Kalanchoe Plants Sukulent

Kalanchoe is a succulent plant valued for its vivid, bright colors, and tightly clustered bouquets of little flowers. It’s hardy in USDA hardiness zones 10 through 12, but makes an excellent indoor plant. Kalanchoe flowers can start losing their vibrancy in the second and third years of growth, but propagation methods are easy and can produce young, healthy varieties that grow from 36 to 48 inches (90 to 120 cm). The seeds from cross-pollination can produce some interesting hybrids as well, but there is no guarantee that there will be a particular resemblance to the parent plants. If you want to give it a try and see what you get, seed propagation is right for you. If you would rather have more of the same plant, you can propagate Kalanchoes by using cuttings.

1. Seeds

Kalanchoe seeds are tiny, around 2.5 million per ounce. When you propagate Kalanchoe with seeds, you have got two options. The first is to purchase seeds from your local garden center or nursery. The second is to cross-pollinate 2 Kalanchoes or more if you have them. You can crossbreed the 2 varieties and come up with a hybrid that can either have traits of the parent plants, traits of its own, or both. It is always exciting to see what crossbreeding 2 Kalanchoes will bring you and what colors you will see in your shrub.

To crossbreed, wait until you have 2 or more plants in full bloom. Use a small paintbrush or Q-tip to brush pollen from the stamen of one flower to the stigma of another, transferring from plant to plant. Since the flowers come in crowded bundles, it may be easiest to cut off a clump of them and pull them apart to get to the pollen.

The Kalanchoe seeds can go directly into warm, slightly moist soil made of half succulent mix and half fine potting soil. The warmth and the humidity of the dirt will activate the seed’s growth hormones and guide the sprout towards nutrients, thus giving you a baby Kalanchoe sprout.

Seeds should be placed in indirect light and kept at temperatures between 70 and 75 °F (21 and 24 °C). Fill a clean spray bottle with filtered or rain water and mist the seeds only when the soil appears dry. Do not over water! Germination should take around 10 days. Pinch the seedling back lightly at 6 to 8 weeks. When they are 6 inches (15 cm) high, transplant the seedlings to their own individual 1- to 2-inch (2.5 to 5 cm) pots and follow the care instructions below.

2. Leaf Cuttings

If you want to have the exact same plant, you can propagate Kalanchoes with leaf cuttings. Take your cuttings in early spring, using a pair of sharp garden shears to cut a few strong green shoots off, 6 to 9 inches (15 to 22.5 cm) long. Strip the leaves off of the bottom 3 inches (7.5 cm) of the cutting. You should allow the cuttings to dry on the counter for around 3 days to let the cut side heal up. If you plant the cutting immediately, it will be susceptible to rot.

The soil requirement for cutting propagation is a succulent mix blended with some humus topsoil. Before planting, water the mix thoroughly and allow it to drain for half an hour so that the soil is moist for planting. Dig a small hole and stand the cutting upright, filling the hole in and pressing firmly so that it stands up on its own.

Avoid watering the cutting for at least one week. This encourages the leaf to survive in rather dry conditions by rooting through the soil. The dirt you use should be permeable, well-drained and never overwatered. You should attempt to propagate multiple cuttings to achieve at least one viable seedling. Small plants will begin to grow from the base of the cutting after one month. Keep the seedlings moist, spraying them with filtered or rain water, but never letting it puddle.

Seedling Care

After a month or two gently dig the little plants from their potting mix and transplant them into individual pots. Fill the pots with a succulent mix. They can now be treated like mature plants.

These succulents need temperatures of between 60 and 85 °F (15 and 30 °C) to thrive and repeated exposure to colder temperatures will kill it. Keep your indoor plants away from doors or drafts during the winter and consider using a radiator or small heating pad set on low to maintain these temperatures.

Kalanchoes love sun, but avoid direct sunlight in the summer when it can scald them. These environmental parameters should be used until transplantation. Your plants generally won’t be ready for a permanent home in your garden until they are about 2 or 3 years old. They need to be between the adolescent and mature stage so that transplanting does not shock the plant to death. If you do not live in UDSA hardiness zones 10 through 12, you have to keep your Kalanchoes as a houseplant permanently. Allow the soil to become dry between watering to avoid root rot, a common problem.

Source: doityourself.com


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