Proper Care of Kalanchoe

Overview

Kalanchoe is a succulent flowering plant, popular as a houseplant. The kalanchoe, native to Madagascar, blooms in a wide array of colors, from summer through fall. and is easy to care for. Kalanchoe is readily available at gardening centers and even supermarkets. Choose one that is full and just beginning to bloom. If the plant’s pot is foil-wrapped, remove the wrapping as it will trap the water under the plant.

Step 1

Grow your kalanchoe in a mixture of equal parts of peat moss and perlite.

Step 2

Place the kalanchoe in an area that receives bright, filtered light and remains between 75 and 80 degrees F in the daytime and 65 to 68 degrees F at night. These are ideal temperatures; the plant will survive if the temperatures vary a few degrees.

Step 3

Water the kalanchoe when the soil is almost completely dry. Water the planting medium until it is drenched and then allow it to dry before watering again. Do not water the foliage.

Step 4

Pinch the tips of shoots from October through February. This will encourage the kalanchoe to produce more branches and flowering stems.

Step 5

Encourage the kalanchoe to re-bloom by allowing it to have sun all day and then placing it in a completely dark area from 5 p.m. until the following morning, from September through mid-October. The temperature should remain between 55 and 65 degrees F.

Step 6

Fertilize the kalanchoe monthly, after it has completed the dark cycle, with a houseplant fertilizer, at the rate recommended on the label. Always water before fertilizing.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Auburn University: Kalanchoe
  • "The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual"; Barbara Pleasant; 2005
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