How to Care for a Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Plant

Overview

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a succulent perennial that is ideal for ground cover, rock gardens or container plants. It grows 6 to 12 inches tall and blooms in spring and winter. This plant is hardy in USDA zones 10 and 11, where the temperature does not drop below 30 degrees F. Knowledge of how to create the right environment for the plant will help you produce a healthy and flowering addition to your garden.

Step 1

Plant the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana in full sun or moderate shade. This plant prefers light, sandy, well-drained soil. Space multiple Kalanchoe plants 6 to 12 inches apart. If you are planting indoors, use a mixture of half peat and half perlite as a potting medium, and place the plant in a south-facing window.

Step 2

Water the plant, allowing the soil it to dry somewhat in between. As a succulent, the Kalanchoe is naturally resistant to drought, but if you let it dry severely, it will wilt. Stop watering in the winter months, when the plant goes dormant.

Step 3

Fertilize the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana with a light application of general all-purpose fertilizer. This plant only needs fertilization once a year. Follow the directions on the package for application instructions, using the minimum recommended amount.

Step 4

Repot the plant in March if it begins to outgrow its pot. Use the same potting medium, and plant it at the same depth as originally.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat (optional)
  • Perlite (optional)
  • All-purpose fertilizer

References

  • Auburn University: Kalanchoe
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
  • Michigan State University Extension: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
  • University of Vermont: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
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