How to Repot a Kalanchoe Paddle Plant

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Repotting a kalanchoe paddle plant is something you could easily do if you were trying to change its location. Repot a kalanchoe paddle plant with help from an experienced professional gardener on a mission to make gardening stylish, fun and simple in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nell Foster, and today I'm going to show you how to report a Kalanchoe paddle plant. I have a patch of these out in my front garden and I took this little, I broke off a little pup probably about a month and a half ago and I am going to repot it to give to a friend. So what I've done is I've taken a piece of a coffee filter and I just put it over the bottom hole, the bottom drain hole in here and it just keeps all this loose soil from coming out the bottom at first until it gets nice and a little bit more compact in there because it's very very loose and this is a succulent cactus mix. It has a lot of Perlite, it has some crushed rock in it, sometimes it has horticultural sand because the succulents want to be really, really, really dry so it's important to use a cactus in a succulent mix when doing this. So what you are going to do is you are going to press the sides of the pot. If it's really, I know that this one is not particularly pot bound. If it's really pot bound, you can use the heel of your hand and you can really press and go around and then you can pull the plant out and you have to be a little careful with it because these paddles can break off but I'm going to do that and just get it to there, there we go. There are the roots there so I need to add a little bit more into here because I like to leave it up a little bit above the edge of the pot there, maybe because it is going to sink down and also too, this is going to pup, it's going to get a lot of babies off of here. And now I'm going to use my favorite thing to condition the soil which is worm castings and compost. I just work a little bit of that in there because succulents really don't need fertilizer at all. They are so tough and so strong and then I'm just going to go back in and I'm going to fill around with this nice loose soil. I'm going to work it all around here, press it down a little bit, fill it up a little bit more because the soil is so loose it is going to sink down a bit. So what I do is I will keep this plant dry for about three to seven days just so it can settle in and then I'll give it a really good watering. It takes awhile for this really loose mix to get wet and then it's going to sink down a little bit and then I will go through and I will add a little bit of more of this on the top after it has all settled down. And that i show you repot your paddle plant and you want to make sure that you keep it dry.

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