Kalanchoe plants in the basement

Very recently, I planted a number of Kalanchoe plants. After reading several web sites, I understand they can’t tolerate cold temperatures. Although my tarp shelter may save most plants from freezing, it isn’t warm enough for Kalanchoe. So I’m hoping  “the basement” of my trailer home will be satisfactory. The “start” in the red pot is indoors but not enough space to bring all seven planters indoors.


Kalanchoe plants ready for basement

Kalanchoe close up

Kalanchoe inside the basement

Kalanchoe plant

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Colder in the basementPostscript, Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 12:30 PM: Maybe “the basement” wasn’t such a good idea? Look: Colder than outdoors or tarp shelter. At the suggestion of a dear friend, I’ll add a light bulb for warmth. (That bulb too small?)


OMG, colder than outdoors

Indoor and outdoor temperatures

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Postscript, Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 4:30 PM: I brought the “grow” light bulbs, and “brood lamp” fixture from my storage unit (down the highway). Perhaps a bit more heat from a safer fixture??

Grow light on display

Grow light in place

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Indoor-outdoor temperature at seven-thirty

Temperature in the basement

Successful solution^ ^

Postscript, Thursday, December 17, 2015, 8:00 AM: The light bulb seems to make a seven or eight degree improvement in the temperature of the basement.

3 comments on “Kalanchoe plants in the basement

  1. Deb says:

    I’ve read where some people put a light bulb…a lamp, or a trouble light, maybe…in basement compartments they want to keep a bit warmer.

  2. Deb says:

    I think 60 watt is what I’ve heard bantered about. And I like the cage on the bulb. Can’t believe it was colder in there. Wouldn’t have suspected that.

    • Deb, that surprised me, too. I “thought” the basement would be warm. ~~ I had the “brood lamp” and “grow light” bulbs for plants I started in Spring, in North Carolina. ~~ If we have a really cold spell, I will probably put an electric heater in the tarp shelter.

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