Gardening Care for Kalanchoe

Overview

With its thick, succulent leaves and colorful flowers, kalanchoe is a popular indoor plant. However, this sturdy, low-maintenance blooming plant can also be grown in an outdoor flower garden. Plant kalanchoe in a semi-shady spot and bring the plant indoors before the nighttime temperatures drop to 40 degrees F.

Step 1

Plant kalanchoe in the flower garden in spring, after all danger of frost has passed. Kalanchoe are cold-sensitive plants and won't tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees F. Site kalanchoe in light or partial shade, where the plant won't be exposed to heavy rainfall. Avoid crowding kalanchoe with other plants, as kalanchoe requires good air circulation.

Step 2

Water kalanchoe lightly whenever the soil feels dry. Kalanchoe, like all succulents, is susceptible to rot in soggy soil.

Step 3

Fertilize kalanchoe once a month, using a water-soluble fertilizer for blooming plants. Withhold fertilizer during the winter months.

Step 4

Plant kalanchoe in a container and bring it indoors before the first frost of the season. Use a container with a drainage hole filled with commercial potting soil. Place the kalanchoe where it will be exposed to bright light for at least six hours every day. Water when the top of the soil feels dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-soluble fertilizer for blooming plants
  • Container with drainage hole
  • Commercial potting soil

References

  • BellaOnline: Tips on Growing and Caring for Kalanchoes
  • University of Illinois Extension: Kalanchoe
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.