Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana) – the vibrant, colorful flowering plant is famous among all indoor and outdoor gardeners. It is desired by almost every household gardener.
Kalanchoes are easy to take care of, but the only problem owners will face is Kalanchoes’ much-branched growth habit. If your Kalanchoe has become leggy or stretched out, don’t worry. We have a perfect solution for you.
Why Kalanchoe Get Leggy Or Stretched Out?
Etiolation is the term used for the plants that are showing unwanted, imbalanced growth caused by an insufficient amount of sunlight. A possible reason why your Kalanchoes start etiolation or get leggy is when they don’t get the required amount of sunlight for proper growth.
So, what happens is that when your Kalanchoes don’t get the required amount of sunlight, they start stretching themselves. Kalanchoes try to reach toward the closest possible source of light. While doing so, they get leggy and lose their thick, healthy natural look.
Unfortunately, once Kalanchoes or any other succulent start etiolation, there is no quick solution to get back to the original tight, thick look. When not met with enough sunlight, Kalanchoes can easily go from tight upright plants to really leggy unaesthetic ones.
What To Do With The Leggy Kalanchoe Plant?
If your Kalanchoe has started etiolation (leggy or unwanted growth), it simply means it didn’t get enough sunlight. You placed it in a spot that couldn’t provide your Kalanchoe with the required amount of sunlight for balanced growth.
Therefore, the next time you choose a spot for your Kalanchoe, choose a spot with nice indirect bright sunlight. A spot or window area where your Kalanchoe can easily get a minimum of five to six-hour bright sunlight. So now, what to do with the leggy Kalanchoe plant?
To fix your etiolated (leggy or stretched out) Kalanchoe, you can cleanly prune the etiolated stems and shift the pot to a brighter area.
Pruning Etiolated Stems
Pruning leggy or unwanted growth back and pinching-off the spent flowers in the early is recommended by experts to maintain the healthy look of the Kalanchoe. For pruning back, follow these basic steps:
Let Your Kalanchoe Enter Dominant State
Wait till the blooming season of Kalanchoe ends, and your Kalanchoe plant goes into a state of dormancy. This will ensure that your plant is not going to produce new buds or stems. This is the most suitable time to prune them back.
Disinfect Your Shears
Cleans your shears with an easily available rubbing alcohol to avoid introducing potential diseases to your Kalanchoe plant. If you don’t have any available rubbing alcohol, use this simple DIY to disinfect your shears.
Mix two cups of water (roughly around 473.18 mL) and one tablespoon of bleach (around 14.79 mL). Dip your shears in this mixture for around five to ten minutes.
This will disinfect your shears and kill all the possible bacteria.
Pinch-off Freshly Grown Stems
Next, start pinching-off the freshly grown tall stems and spent flowers. This can be easily done with hands, or you can use your shears.
Pinching-off the newly grown stems will make sure that your Kalanchoe doesn’t produce new reproductive flowers.
Prune Back The Leggy Or Unwanted Growth
Now, using your disinfected shears, cut back leggy growths or overgrown stems that are undesirable. Remove all the etiolated growth and give the plant a firm, thick look.
Change The Pot
For a thicker growth and proper functioning, move your Kalanchoe plant into a larger or new pot. Fill the pot with well-aerated potting soil as Kalanchoe grows well in it. Changing the pot and potting soil will help your Kalanchoe start all over again in a new healthy environment.
Place The Pot In A Bright And Warm Area
Place your Kalanchoe in an area where it can easily absorb bright sunlight for at least five to six-hour. You can place Kalanchoe both indoor or outdoor. Just remember to place where it can indirectly get bright sunlight.
The areas shouldn’t be heated as it can also cause damage to the Kalanchoes. Being succulent, Kalanchoe also needs moderate humidity and too much heat can lower the amount of humidity.
Best Practices To Stop Your Kalanchoe From Getting Leggy
The best practice to stop your Kalanchoe from getting leggy or start unwanted growth is by providing them enough care. Keep the following care tips in mind for thicker and sturdier growth in Kalanchoe plants.
Provide Them Adequate Indirect Bright Sunlight
As Kalanchoes are succulents, they need bright sunlight for at least five to six-hours for proper growth and functioning. Place the Kalanchoe plant in a place where it can get a sufficient amount of indirect sunlight.
Remember not to place your Kalanchoe in the direct bright sunlight as it can scorch the leaves of the Kalanchoe plants.
Don’t Water The Plant Regularly
Though many species of plants love water, Kalanchoes don’t need regular watering. To know when Kalanchoe needs water, simply dig your finger in the pot and check whether the soil is completely dry or not.
If you find two inches of the soil completely dry, this is the ideal time to water the Kalanchoe. Generally speaking, indoor Kalanchoe usually needs water after every 10 to 12 days. But to be extra sure, from time to time, check the potting soil.
Pruning Back In The Early Season
The best way to prevent your Kalanchoe from becoming leggy is through pruning back in the early season. This ensures compact growth and prevents elongated natural growth habit in Kalanchoe.
Though Kalanchoe doesn’t need regular care, the plant still requires your occasional attention. You can keep your Kalanchoe from getting leggy by providing them an adequate amount of bright sunlight.
If you give a little care and attention to your Kalanchoe, it will reward you with clusters of small, colorful flowers in the winter.