Flowering Kalanchoe - How long do they last?

wanna_run_fasterFebruary 13, 2009

I was looking for a pop more color while I wait for the dwarf crown of thorn beds to fill out and stuck in a few flowering kalanchoe. I have been admiring them all week but before I go back and get more I was wondering if anyone can tell me how long they should last in Zone 10? They are in mostly full sun and will have supplemental water as needed. Will they make it through the summer? I've had some wax begonias going for over a year now. Think I could manage the same feat with the kalanchoe?

TIA,

WRF :)

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cindeea(FtMyers 10)

((((((Helen, GIRLFRIEND!!!!))))))))
Kalanchoe for me bloom almost year round. Depending on their type they can just bloom and bloom. I had them bloom through the 3 freezes we had. I have a wonderful variety that has clusters like small rosebuds that are NON STOP!
I wish my digital camera hadn't died...wait I still may have a shot of them in my Picasa library.......
yep found it.
From Garden 2007-08

It didn't even wince at the frost, just kept blooming. Really, Helen, they seem to bloom all year long. Here is a common orange one of mine-and in the last drought it was the only color in the garden.
From Garden 2007-08

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 10:16PM
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thonotorose

I have good luck with them. Hot, dry and sandy....

There has been some damage from the heavy rains, but they shook it off. Mine have bloomed twice a year and they last a long time. A very good choice for dependable bright color.

I hope they come back... The freezes did a number on them all.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 10:36PM
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wanna_run_faster

Thanks Cindee and Thorntorose! Guess I'm heading out now to pick up 15 or 20 more! Thats exactly what I wanted to know! I really didn't want to waste a hundred bucks on something that was going to wilt by the time the summer heat picked up! Do they "spread"? How far apart should I plant them if I was to have a mass of color in a bed? :)

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 9:07AM
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thonotorose

They don't really spread, more like form a clump, but you can stick branches or even the stem end of leaves into the ground and they will root easily.

They tend to get leggy so you'll want to keep pinching. Mine responded very well to foliar feed with 1/2 strength miracle gro.

BTW,,, It is Tho-no-toe-sass-ah. We are above and to the right of the lake. The lake is the largest in Hillsborough County and possibly dug by a chunk of the meteor that plowed out the Gulf of Mexico. It means a good place to find flint rock. Geography lesson over. :-)

Lol... Veronica

Here is a link that might be useful: Thonotosassa, FL

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 3:05PM
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bodiggly

I have the red variety and it will bloom until about April. I dead-head them then and they will bloom again, just not as heavy.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 3:41PM
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wanna_run_faster

Sorry about that Veronica :) I think I was "associating" the something I know about roses (the thorns) lol Do you grow roses in Thonotosassa? :)

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 8:21PM
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thonotorose

Yes I do! Lol.

I think I am near to 80 varieties of Old Garden Roses. Everything is budding out and I am expecting a spectacular spring flush. The camera battery is charged!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 11:18PM
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natives_and_veggies(10b)

I have some down here, from cuttings from a friend, and they're pretty much perennial as far as I can tell. But the first year I planted the cuttings, they didn't bloom at all. Not sure if that was my own neglect or if it takes them a year from cuttings, but my very common red ones are very pretty right now. If you're willing to wait, they sprout from cuttings easily.

Susannah

    Bookmark   February 15, 2009 at 5:50PM
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tropicalfreak(z10b Ft Lauderdale)

When I worked for a Interior/exterior-scaping company in Orlando we used kalanoche. The blooms lasted about a month. This was evident both inside and outside.

Tropicalfreak

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 9:01AM
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imatallun

I picked literally thousands of Kalanchoe starts out of my backyard in SE Florida, but the yard had been sorely neglected for several years.

It took me five years to even want to see Kalanchoe in my yard again. It's potted and pretty and I love it, a red bloomer. Cindea, your pink is beautiful.

I fell all out of love for Kalanchoe for a long time. Snort: I still have issues with it.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 9:23PM
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cindeea(FtMyers 10)

Tropicalfreak SWEETIE CLiff!!! Hiya love! That lil rose bloomer (glad ya like it Tall) has been blooming Non-Stop since Christmas. Even bloomed through the colds and frosts. I found that sucker at Publix of all places. I hate to say I was gonna take it to Ricky, but I fell in love with it and took him another Bromeliad, instead. It makes new babies easily. It looks like teeny rosebuds! I sure wish I could find more of this guy. It's evergreen and always blooming, I want to put more all over the place.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 9:54PM
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rainy230(10 Jupiter)

Well I havent killed mine yet!! I've had them for about 4 years or so. The dogs keeps knocking the poor things out of the ground , I stick them back in and there fine !! That's my kind of plant !!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 12:28PM
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