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.
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.
Water kalanchoe lightly whenever the soil feels dry. Kalanchoe, like all succulents, is susceptible to rot in soggy soil.
Fertilize kalanchoe once a month, using a water-soluble fertilizer for blooming plants. Withhold fertilizer during the winter months.
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.