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by Chandra
(Bend, OR)


Drooping Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

I am in Bend Oregon, zone 6b. We grew this Kalanchoe thyrsiflora outside all summer and it did really well, grew a lot. We had an unexpected cold snap and totally forgot that it is not cold hardy. We have moved it inside but it looks like this. Can it be saved? If so, how?

Comments for Deflated/drooping Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

Nov 01, 2020
Doesn’t Look Good
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

Unfortunately, these plants truly are not hardy, meaning there’s a good chance that it won’t make it if it was really frozen.

If the temperature didn’t get down to freezing, it might recover, but even a few minutes of 32F would kill it enough that the top growth won’t come back. However, if you brought it inside in time, the roots could be okay and will send up new growth, so don’t give up on it too soon.

Keep an eye on it, give it bright light but not sun, and keep it warm. If the leaves shrivel or rot, cut them off right at the base before it can spread. Don’t water it until it either recovers or shows that it’s not going to.

Good luck with it!

Nov 01, 2020
by: Judy

I am in Ottawa with very cold winter temps. and every spring the Sempervivum returns on the garden with no protection over the winter.
I guess it depends on the type if they survive the winter cold.

Nov 01, 2020
Note to Judy
by: Jacki

Sempervivum and Kalanchoe, although both succulents, are totally different animals. Sempervivum originated high up in the mountains of Europe, Kalanchoe come from much warmer climates.