In comparison to other types of succulents now available, kalanchoe succulents have a very distinct look. With that stated, Kalanchoe succulents may still be propagated in the same way as other succulents, and the methods are also quite comparable.
In this post, I will describe a couple of different Kalanchoe propagation methods.
Let’s get started if you’re ready to learn how to propagate Kalanchoe.
Propagating Kalanchoe from leaves
Leaves or leaf cuttings are one of the most frequent ways to grow Kalanchoe. Although this approach is rather common, bear in mind that success rates are often low, not only for Kalanchoe but for succulents in general.
Keep this in mind while propagating Kalanchoe from leaf cuttings, and use more than one leaf at a time to maximize your chances of success.
To begin with this Kalanchoe propagation method, you’ll need some good garden shears to gently clip away some healthy leaves in the spring or summer. You can always twist the leaves away with your hand, but make sure you don’t rip them and that they are totally intact so you may utilize them.
Once you’ve chosen a handful of Kalanchoe leaves, lay them aside for a few days to heal and dry, preferably somewhere they’ll get some indirect light to speed up the process. You’ll need to obtain a tray or a large enough container to fill with excellent succulent soil and mineral grit now that the leaves have callused.
A tray is perfect since you can plant a lot of leaves at once, which is what Kalanchoe leaf propagation is all about. You can water the soil now that you’ve filled your container or tray with excellent succulent soil and mineral grit, but don’t entirely saturate it.
Just enough water to keep the soil wet.
After you’ve completed all of these steps, just arrange your Kalanchoe leaves over the tray, giving ample space between each leaf.
Watering isn’t necessary for the first few days or perhaps a week as the roots establish themselves.
If you discover the soil has become entirely dry, you may sprinkle it to rehydrate it, but that’s all there is to it.
After a month or two, you’ll observe new growth sprouting from the earth, and your leaf will begin to wither.
Continue misting the soil as needed to keep it wet, and after a few months, you may transplant each young Kalanchoe plant into its own pot.
Kalanchoe leaf propagation is actually as simple as that.
Kalanchoe propagation from stem cuttings
Our next method of propagating Kalanchoe succulents is the stem cutting method. It is one of the simplest ways to propagate Kalanchoe succulents.
To begin, you’ll need a Kalanchoe that is already vigorous and healthy when you wish to propagate it.
Now all you have to do is remove a stem from the main section of the succulent with some clean pruning scissors. Ensure that you cut above a stem node and that your Kalanchoe isn’t in bloom prior to cutting.
Next, make sure there is enough area at the base of the stem to plant, ideally at least 2 inches free of leaves. It is okay to keep a few leaves above this point on the stem, but make sure they will not interfere with planting. Therefore, I recommend leaving at least 2 inches of space free at the bottom of the stem.
After you have cut your Kalanchoe stem, you will want to let it heal and dry for a few days before allowing it to calluse properly.
Once the stem cutting has dried and healed, you may plant it 1 to 2 inches deep in its own container with high-quality succulent and cactus soil that drains well.
To get the greatest results, make sure there are no leaves touching or below this soil. You may also add grit, like as gritty sand or perlite, to help your propagating Kalanchoe drain as well as possible.
From here, you may spray or water the soil as needed to keep it wet, but only water or mist the soil when it is absolutely dry to avoid rot or other issues.
Until it has a chance to form some roots, your fresh Kalanchoe stem cutting should be put in a position with lots of indirect light.
You may continue usual maintenance after the roots have begun to grow, just as you would with a more established Kalanchoe succulent.
Kalanchoe propagation from offsets
Propagating Kalanchoe from offsets is also a simple approach to propagate the plant because the majority of the work has already been done for you.
You’ll see some puppies growing around your Kalanchoe succulent once it’s developed sufficiently, and these may simply be used for multiplication.
So, to begin, you may need to divide your offsets by brushing away part of the top soil so that your Kalanchoe offsets, and more crucially, the roots, are fully exposed.
From here, gradually twist and peel each offset away from the main succulent, preferably leaving the roots entirely intact so that the roots that have already grown may be used.
The more mature the offset, the more established the roots and hence the easier it will be to disseminate it. After you’ve separated your offset or offsets, lay them aside for a few days to allow the tear to dry and callus over.
After a few days, you can proceed to fill a container with high-quality, well-draining cactus and succulent soil. Simply plant the Kalanchoe offsets’ roots in the soil and thoroughly cover them, with the offset itself laying on top of the dirt.
From here, you may water lightly or spritz the soil with a misting bottle anytime it appears to be dry. For the next several weeks, make sure the container is in a location where your Kalanchoe will receive enough of indirect sunshine.
After a few weeks, you’ll discover that your Kalanchoe has formed some lovely roots, indicating that your efforts were not in vain.
Frequently Asked Questions About Kalanchoe Succulents
Is a kalanchoe plant indoor or outdoor?
In USDA plant hardiness zones 10 to 12, Kalanchoes (Kalanchoe spp. ), one of the prettiest flowering succulents, are hardy outdoors. If properly tended, indoor plants bloom for months at a time.
How do you take care of a kalanchoe indoors?
Kalanchoes require lots of light. The pot needs to be located near a window with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures between 13 and 29 degrees C (55 and 80 degrees F) are ideal for the plant. Soil with 50% peat moss and 40% perlite is well-drained and well-aerated.
How often should I water my kalanchoe?
A good rule of thumb for watering Kalanchoe is to poke your finger into the soil several times a day. The top 2 inches of the soil need to be watered when they are completely dry, not just partially dry. Indoors, you won’t need to water much more frequently than every 2 or 3 weeks, but always check on your plants.