Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang' Care in Stockton, CA

bellpepperguyMay 22, 2011

I am new to this plant but I absolutely love the look of it and I want to do all I can to keep it healthy. If anyone can offer advice on the following questions it would be greatly appreciated.

1.) I am a total rookie when it comes to these so I would like to know if this plant looks to be in good health? If not do you have any suggestions for turning it around?

2.) Since I've had it I've simply been gently pulling the dead leaves off and leaving them around the root base to give them a chance to propagate. I used used some plant food when I first planted it and will be testing the soil moisture to avoid overwatering going forward. Is this strategy enough or should I know more about proper trimming habits or anything else I'm not mentioning?

3.) I live in Northern California and while it is rare we do have a weekend or two in the winter where the temp gets around 30 degrees. This is planted in a spot that has protection from wind but I am not sure if I should plan on covering these during the winter to avoid cold damage. Thoughts?

Thanks all for any help you can offer.

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

bellpepperguy, if you copy and paste the HTML code in, instead of this link to the jpg, you'll post the photos right in your message :-)

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 1:04AM
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bellpepperguy

All for you Patty S

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 11:56AM
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stanofh

Your growing it well out of its zone..but the valley heat makes up for light frost damage.
I would do all I could to protect it when winter temps hit into the 20's. Cover or use bulbs to heat..
If your in the the bay area..thats a great spot you picked to gather more warmth. I have one that has done well...despite TWICE having a bad person pick off every single leaf.
I might have to move it a third time...

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 2:51PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Believe it or not, best success here with morning sun and afternoon shade--it holds more foliage that way. Neighbor has his in all day-dappled shade, and it looks better than mine. All day sun, most of the foliage falls off.

Just my experience.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 11:50PM
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