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From: lindsey long
City:
conway, SC
I was wondering exactly how do you care for a calandiva because my plant will never bloom it just grows leaves.

 
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From: Greg Stack
Extension Horticulturist
Office of Web Development
gstack@illinois.edu
I am not familiar with calandiva. Is there another name that I might recognize? If so I'll try to help.

 
From: Beverly Bredemeyer
City:
Forsyth, MO
DITO--I puchased one a few weeks ago and it was lovely. Now buds are dying and I am not sure what to do. They say it is a new plant, but how to continue it's care--I'm not sure. Any help would be appreciated.

 
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From: Greg Stack
Extension Horticulturist
Office of Web Development
gstack@illinois.edu
Hi,

Calandiva is a type of Kalanchoe which is a flowering house plant developed to produce very double flowers in tight clusters. Indoors it needs very bright light and water as needed but keep it on the dry side. After flowering cut off spent blooms. It can be pot outdoors for the summer in a lightly shaded area. These plants bloom in response to short days which means they tend to bloom naturally during the short days of the fall and winter. They need uninterupted darkness for about 10-12 each night until flower buds start to show. Growers artificially create these conditions to get flowering to occur throughout the season.

 
From: Shelley Van De Voort
City:
Aurora, IL
What is the preferred temperature range for a calandiva?

 
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From: Greg Stack
Extension Horticulturist
Office of Web Development
gstack@illinois.edu
Hi,

Average house temperatures such as 65-70.

 
From: Wendy Lichtig
City:
tinton falls, NJ
I purchase a few of these guys already in full bloom. the tag said they can be used for landscaping so I popped them in the ground next to some sedum figuring neither need alot of water. I live in zone 7. What are the chances these guys are going to make it through the summer?

 
From: Natasha Janse van Rensburg
City:
Johannnesburg, ZZ
Good day my Calandiva received to much sun and it looks like it got burned, the flowers is wilted and the stem is black, how can I save my plant, this was through trail and error..... It still makes Buds and new flowers want to come out. Please can you help....

 
Extension Message
From: Greg Stack
Extension Horticulturist
Office of Web Development
gstack@illinois.edu
Hi,

If the plant was put in a site where the foliage did get sun damaged the best thing to do is to prune off the affected plant parts and by doing so it should encourage new growth to grow from portions beneath the cut.

 
From: maria vila
City:
aberdeen, ID
My flatmate left me her calandiva, but she did not cut the plant after blooming, so it has not bloomed for two years. The plant has though grown a lot, and the branches are so heavy that they have bent down. It is actually vry nice, but I was wondering if such long branches will damage the plant. Thanks

 
Extension Message
From: Greg Stack
Extension Horticulturist
Office of Web Development
gstack@illinois.edu
Hi,

Plant growing indoors in less than great light will tend to be taller and have stems that are long and perhaps not quite as stiff. This will ot hurt the plant just makes it harder to move around, easier to break etc. If yo don't want to pinch it back to encourage more compact growth you don't have too. The plant tends to bloom when the days get shorter or if given short days artifically. so hopefully as fall arrives the plant may get the message to start flowering again.

 
From: Luncia Rocsmith
City:
Winnipeg, ZZ
My Calandiva seems to have bloomed already, but now it's wilting in the flowers. I really don't know what to do. Do I snip off the wilted blossoms at the base of the blossom, do I trim the whole stem it is connected to? I only water it once a week until it is a little damp. It's in a 6" pot. Also, do these flowers wilt after every bloom cycle? How do we know when the bloom cycle is done?

 
Extension Message
From: Greg Stack
Extension Horticulturist
Office of Web Development
gstack@illinois.edu
Hi,

These plants have a long bloom cycle but once they have flowered the old blooms shold be pruned off and they may go out of bloom for a while. Water as need but the plant needs to be in a pot with good drainage or it will rot so make sure there are holes in the pot. these plants also bloom based up light and this means they tend to bloom when days are shorter which triggers bloom production.

 
From: Halle Amick
City:
Durham, NC
My calandiva's blooms are very droopy (the leaves are fine). Does this indicate too much water, not enough, or something else? Thanks!

 
Extension Message
From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
hentsche@illinois.edu
From earlier responses to Calandiva culture, these plants need good drainage to ensure root rots do not develop, which could cause foliage problems. On the other hand, plants too dry will see leave loss to support blooms. Check the growing media and be sure the drainage is adequatte. Older plants may have circling roots, preventing proper drainage

 
From: Theresa Hadfield
City:
douglassville, PA
Patience. I stumbled on this blog to see how other people treat theirs. I've had one for 4 years and it is just blooming for the first time. A little while back I asked a nursery and they recommended constant feeding, as in once a week. I only water mine about twice a week and feeding is one of the watering. I also cut mine in the summer and fall usually because it grows so fast. I have it in a window that gets sun until about noon. I think I over cut it last time because only a few areas have blooms. Hopefully next year I will get more flowers.

 
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