Who are you, a wonderful kalandiva?

Who are you, a wonderful kalandiva? I bet: this miracle hybrid is not one I bought their decorative and charming cap of bright flowers, gathered in a neat umbrella. I remember, long before the purchase of this plant, I wandered among the shelves of flower shops and could not decide which kalandiva all appealing: won the one with pink buds, or was this - the red ... Or maybe with yellow?

Decided to purchase a half years ago: in the December frost wore under his jacket gift itself birthday. A small pot, sturdy dark-green leaves of a palm-sized, inflorescence bright orange color. Why orange? The St. Petersburg in the winter sun is not very affectionate, so I decided that to be my "Kalanchoe" (so named it the seller) with colors "crazy orange. Flower was the proud name of Kalan, was transplanted into a new pot (with a preliminary washing of the roots) and triumphantly hoisted on the windowsill.

As I remember, the evening of his birthday, I dedicated sitting on the Internet. Search for information about how to help my Kalanu finish blossoming and spend the winter on the windowsill. All that I understood - I have sold not so much Kalanchoe as kalandivu. And if the first plant was a sea of information and a small lake, then about kalandivu searchers me anything sensible not told. And I decided, through trial and error to make friends with the sea otters, in the future to organize a small garden on the windowsill of these lovely plants. Looking ahead, I will say: Kalan alive and to this day, made me not only abundant blossoming, but also healthy offspring.

 Who are you, a wonderful kalandiva? Transplantation. I advise you to transplant a plant on the day of purchase. The fact that the shop primer, which consists mostly of peat, will not do for these unpretentious (at first glance) plants. In the opinion of experienced florists, immediately wash the roots should not be better to wait for the rest period. Therefore, the day of purchase rather ordinary handling in the new soil.

I did all my plants prefer to replant immediately, thoroughly wash the roots. The soil advise you to take universal - rastyuhi it quickly took root. Particular attention should be paid to drainage - it is simply necessary to kalandivy! Not 2-3 pebble for the species, and decent drainage in two centimeters.

  Watering. Transplanted and watered immediately. Absolutely. Water should be taken to defend, at room temperature. Watering should be abundant, with a complete wetting of the pot. Then you can forget about the plant for 2 weeks: a young kalandiva many do not drink, because the root system is not sufficiently developed. To determine whether it was not time to water the plants, I advise you to touch the leaves: when not enough water, they become soft.

  Lighting. Kalandiva not very fond of excessive sunlight, so the plant is better not to place on the south side. If there is no choice, we can arrange a light shading. And during the rest pot should be placed in the shade. But in any case not in a dark place, as they say, some would-be florists! One of my kalandiva after a two week "holiday" under the bed, died without leaving a will. Of course, I was upset, but since none of my plant does not fit into the darkness, no matter what experts advise on this matter.

  The period of rest. By the time the blossom is the last "umbrella", kalandiva lose every decoration. Many fans of the flower pot thrown out with the plant immediately after flowering. Indeed, there because of what upset: shoots elongate, large leaves die off in their place, grow smaller. I prefer to cut the plant practically under the root, to send in the shade and wait, when the first leaves. The period of rest usually falls in autumn-winter, that allows a plant to grow calm and re-emerge.