Being succulents, kalanchoes do not need a lot of water. They are even very sensitive to excess water. However, they do need to be watered, although rarely. To avoid any risk regarding inadequate watering, our editorial staff has devoted this article to good watering practices. Discover without delay how to know if kalanchoe needs water in the following lines.
Being succulents, kalanchoes do not need a lot of water
When kalanchoes are not watered properly, their leaves become soft, mushy, discolored, wrinkled and fall off. Most cases it is due to excess water. However, although rare, it is possible that this plant faces water stress caused by a lack of water.
Before you begin, keep in mind that these plants need water once every 10-14 days. In fact, succulents store water in their leaves and stems and it is completely normal for the top 3-4 cm of soil to be dry. This is when you have to irrigate your succulent plant.
Although rare, it is possible that this plant faces water stress caused by a lack of water
When to water kalanchoe?
So here’s how to know if kalanchoe needs to be watered.
When the ground is dry
The best time and best indicator that the plant is thirsty is when the top few inches of soil are dry. Note that you can check if it is dry by sticking your finger into it. Take into account that kalanchoes grown indoors dry out more slowly than those grown outdoors.
The best time to water plant is when the top few inches of soil are dry
When kalanchoe is newly planted
Every plant, whether it is a kalanchoe or any other variety, should be watered well when newly planted. Moist soil promotes the proper development of the root system. However, you only need to moisten the soil without soaking it. It is recommended to mist the leaves as well. Be aware that you have to keep the soil of the newly planted kalanchoe moist for three months. Then reduce watering as for an adult plant.
Moist soil promotes the proper development of the root system of newly planted kalanchoes
When the plant is fertilized
A plant that has just been fertilized needs water. In fact, watering at this time helps nutrients reach the roots. So be sure to water the kalanchoe abundantly just after feeding it.
Note that you can fertilize your container-grown kalanchoe once a month during the growing season, from spring to fall. Stop fertilizing and reduce watering in winter. During the colder months, these plants need water once a month.
A plant that has just been fertilized needs water
When it’s hot
In hot weather, in spring and summer, especially kalanchoes grown outdoors, are exposed to sudden changes in temperature and heat, sometimes extreme. This causes the soil to dry out quickly and you have to water a little more frequently. On the other hand, plants grown indoors only need to be watered once every two weeks. However, don’t forget to check the humidity of the soil before watering, whether it is an indoor or outdoor kalanchoe.
Take into account that the leaves of an underwatered kalanchoe will be wrinkled, shriveled, soft and flat and may even drop, if you do not correct your watering schedule. So pay attention to the soil and the general appearance of your plant to be able to act as quickly as possible in the event of a watering problem.
When it is hot, the soil dries out faster and the kalanchoe needs to be watered more often
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