How to Take Care of the Flower Kalanchoes


Kalanchoe plants provide long lasting blooms throughout the winter and spring months. Grown as a flowering houseplant, kalanchoe produce clusters of four-petaled blooms in white, red, yellow or orange. When it's not in bloom the kalanchoe plant provides lush green foliage that still adds color to indoor spaces. Kalanchoe is a low-maintenance houseplant, making it a suitable addition to many homes. Proper care encourages the plant to produce long-lasting blooms and ensures it remains healthy.

Step 1

Place kalanchoe plants in an area that receives bright sunlight, such as a south- or east-facing window. Kalanchoe prefers bright, indirect light in the summer months and tolerates direct sunlight during the winter.

Step 2

Water kalanchoe when the top 1 inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Water from the top of the pot until the excess liquid begins to drain from the bottom. Empty the water from the drip tray after watering the plant.

Step 3

Fertilize kalanchoe once a month when the plant is actively putting on new growth. Apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at the rate recommended on the label.

Step 4

Cut back the kalanchoe flowers after blooming completes. Cut out the old flower stems at the base with a pair of shears, and trim out any overgrown leaf stems.

Step 5

Place the plant in a room that does not receive artificial light after sunset starting in October so that the plant is encouraged to produce flower buds. Alternatively, move the kalanchoe to a dark room or closet each evening and leave it there for 14 to 16 hours, then return it to a brightly lit location during the day. Continue this process for four to six weeks or until flower buds form.

Step 6

Transplant kalanchoe to a larger pot when it begins outgrowing its current pot, usually every two to three years. Fill a pot that is one size larger than the old pot with a well-draining slightly sandy potting mix. Plant the kalanchoe in the new pot at the same depth it was growing at in the old one.

Tips and Warnings

  • Kalanchoe may not produce buds or bloom at temperatures over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, advises Clemson University Extension.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Shears
  • Pot
  • Potting mix


  • Clemson Extension: Kalanchoe
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Care of Specialty Potted Plants
Keywords: kalanchoe flower care, growing kalanchoe plants, flowering houseplants

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