The kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) houseplant grows thick, waxy leaves with small, four-petaled flowers grouped in clusters. Although red is a common color, this low-maintenance houseplant also showcases orange, pink, yellow and lavender blooms. Kalanchoe naturally blooms in the spring and the flowers can last through summer.
Give your kalanchoe houseplant plenty of sunlight each day. Setting the plant in front of a south or west-facing window provides adequate lighting. During the summer, place the plant outside in the morning for a few hours of direct sunlight.
Keep the temperature between 70 to 75 degrees F during the day for best results. Nighttime temperature should be about 10 degrees lower than daytime temperatures. Kalanchoe does not need overly humid conditions; regular house humidity is fine.
Water only when the top 1 inch of soil has dried out, usually every other day or so. For best results, grow your houseplant in a container with drainage holes to avoid root rot.
Fertilize every two weeks starting in the spring. Use a common houseplant food and water in well after applying. Once the plant starts blooming, cut back to fertilizing only once a month.
Remove dead flowers and leaves to keep the plant in good condition. If the leaves get dusty, spray with water to clean.