Monday, May 14, 2018

Care For Your Calandiva

The calandiva is also called flowering kalanchoe and is classified as a succulent.
The calandiva is favored as a houseplant for its shiny thick dark leaves and its long lasting blooms.

Use a soil blend made for succulents ( a slightly acid or neutral pH level soil with sand or perlite)
Give your plant as much sunlight as possible.  Too little light causes the plant to be spindly.

As a sucuulent the plant is drought tolerant.  Water the calandiva thoroughly once a week or less.  Wait until the soil is dry.  Better too little water than too much.   During growing season fertilize once a month.

After flowering, pinch back the tallish stems that grow above the leaves.

Your caladiva need 14 to 16 hours daily of darkness and short days to form flower buds.  These develop during late fall and winter.  Keep out of artificial light during these months.  Place in dark room or closet from late afternoon til morning.  After buds form, the plant can be placed anywhere while the first blossoms appear in January

Your plant can develop powdery mildew or stem rot from over watering.  Discolored leaves or furry web-like substance means powdery mildew.  If the leaves are wilted, it may be root rot.  If either occurs you need to cut back on watering and/or apply a commercial mixture for powdery mildew.  Aphids, brown scale or mealy bugs can be wiped off gently by hand.