Kalanchoe is a succulent and a member of the Crassulaceae family of plants and is used as a house plant in the United States. It is easy to care for, comes in a wide range of colors and usually blooms at Christmas.
The leaves have scalloped edges and the star-shaped flowers grow in clusters. The flowers can bloom for as long as 10 weeks and can grow to a height of 18 inches and a width of 12 inches.
Kalanchoe can grow in normal household temperatures, but not lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It should be placed in a south-facing window in winter and east or west the rest of the year. where it can get a good deal of indirect sunlight.
Plant in well-drained soil, consisting of a mixture of peat moss, sand or perlite and sterile potting soil. Use a pot that has drainage holes.
Allow the soil to go dry to a depth of from 1 to 1 ½ inches.between waterings Give the plant a balanced liquid fertilizer every three weeks when not dormant and when in bloom. When it stops flowering, take off the dead flowers, place the plant in bright light and fertilize twice a month.
Too much water will cause root rot. Too little water will cause the lower leaves to shrivel up and turn yellow. Kalanchoe is relatively disease free but can have problems with scale, mealy bugs, root mealy bugs and mites.
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