How to Care for a Kalanchoe Houseplant


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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Remove dead flowers and leaves to keep the plant in good condition. If the leaves get dusty, spray with water to clean.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid keeping your plant in direct sunlight for more than 2 to 3 hours at a time. Do not let the nighttime temperatures drop below 50 degrees F. Never let Kalanchoe sit in standing water.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pot
  • Potting soil


  • Bachmans: Plant Care - Kalanchoe
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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.