They Are Happier NowMonday, January 17, 2011
My Kalanchoe plants were always planted in the bright shade.
However, under the shade, they grow really slow and easily rot due to over-watering. I find it hard to adjust watering schedule due to the unpredictable weather we have. So, after the above kalanchoe (anyone knows the ID?) rotted, I decided to place my Kalanchoes in the open - under the full sunlight and subject to 'full rain'.
At first I mixed vermiculite, perlite and gravel to use as the growing media. But later I realised that vermiculte and perlite are not really necessary. Now, I just sit my Kalanchoes in gravel after washing off most the soil and leaving only some soil attached to the rootball.
I was also able to propagate more Kalanchoes by using its leaves and stem cuttings in gravels. The Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi plants below were grown using a stem cutting I received from my neighbour in September. Now it has multiplied and grown much bigger! And the Kalanchoe Orgyalis above... I used its leaves to propagated new plants. For both leaves and stem cuttings, I just poked them into the gravels.
With this new growing media, they are watered daily. Also, the pot has to be placed on secure places so that the pot will not tumble easily.
I find cactus respond well to this method also. But for other succulents like Echeveria, its leaf breaks easily under the rain.
Happy discovering what your plants love!