locoboy0712
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What's wrong with my kalanchoe blossfeldiana??

Hi I bought a pink kalanchoe blossfeldiana about a month ago from Publix. It was fine for a couple of weeks. Now the flowers are dried, new bulbs are yellow, and the tips of the leaves are brown and crumbly. Here is a picture showing you what I'm talking about.

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Kisal
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The dry flowers are probably just finished blooming. They should be removed.

What kind of light are you giving it? It likes bright indirect light during the summer, so would prefer an eastern or western exposure during the summer. It needs more light, even full sun, during the winter, so you may need to move it to a southern exposure. Kalanchoes are members of the Crassulaceae family, and don't care for intense heat. For this reason, you will want to locate the plant in a sunny spot, but not up close to the glass of a window. Try to position the plant 6 to 12 inches back from the glass, to allow the air to circulate around the plant.

How much water do you give it? It's best to water it very thoroughly, then leave it alone until the soil is dry down to about an inch below the surface.

Other possibilities are that your plant is root bound, and needs to be moved to a larger pot, or that it is infested with some kind of insect. Mealy bugs and scale are particularly fond of Kalanchoes.
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Kisal wrote:The dry flowers are probably just finished blooming. They should be removed.

What kind of light are you giving it? It likes bright indirect light during the summer, so would prefer an eastern or western exposure during the summer. It needs more light, even full sun, during the winter, so you may need to move it to a southern exposure. Kalanchoes are members of the Crassulaceae family, and don't care for intense heat. For this reason, you will want to locate the plant in a sunny spot, but not up close to the glass of a window. Try to position the plant 6 to 12 inches back from the glass, to allow the air to circulate around the plant.

How much water do you give it? It's best to water it very thoroughly, then leave it alone until the soil is dry down to about an inch below the surface.

Other possibilities are that your plant is root bound, and needs to be moved to a larger pot, or that it is infested with some kind of insect. Mealy bugs and scale are particularly fond of Kalanchoes.
how do I remove the flowers?

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Kisal
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Just use a scissors to cut the flower stems off where they emerge from the leafy part.

I didn't notice that you live in FL. Are you planning to plant your Kalanchoe outdoors? The links below have some good information for growing them outdoors in FL. :)

https://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/indoor/flowering/hgic1563.html

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp309
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Kisal wrote:Just use a scissors to cut the flower stems off where they emerge from the leafy part.

I didn't notice that you live in FL. Are you planning to plant your Kalanchoe outdoors? The links below have some good information for growing them outdoors in FL. :)

https://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/indoor/flowering/hgic1563.html

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp309
I'd like to plan them outdoors but for the last 5 days it's been raining everyday and kalanchoes don't like alot of water or water to sit on their leaves, I know because the 1st time I ever watered it, some water sat on some leaves and they rot. So I think that keeping it inside is best. Although outside I have some hollyhock seedlings and celosia argentea seedlings. Also I have a shrub that gives out pink flowers but I don't know it's name. I also have a scented shrub that I also don't know it's name.

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