How to Care for Kalanchoe

Overview

The kalanchoe's bright, vibrant flowers make it a favorite among house plants. This perennial evergreen can produce blooms in a variety of colors, from creamy pastels to bright neons and even multicolored blooms. And these beautiful succulents are quite easy to care for. They need the most attention when they are flowering, but otherwise thrive on minimal maintenance and infrequent watering.

Step 1

Give kalanchoe adequate sunlight. Kalanchoe enjoy direct sunlight whether housed inside or oudoors. However, sometimes direct summer sun can be too much for kalanchoe. If the leaves develop brown spots, the plant should be moved to an area where it receives indirect sunlight or partial shade.

Step 2

Water kalanchoe when they need it. Stick your finger in the soil. If it is dry, water it but not before then. The kalanchoe is a succulent and will not thrive in moist soil. It may develop root rot. When kalanchoe is not flowering, drastically reduce the amount and frequency of waterings. However, if your kalanchoe begins to wilt, increase the amount of water. When watering kalanchoe, keep its foliage dry. Microtube irrigation is a great way to do this.

Step 3

Keep kalanchoe plants warm. They thrive in temperatures ranging between 55 and 90 degrees. They are sensitive to cold. If the temperature drops, bring them inside and keep them off the windowsill.

Step 4

Fertilize kalanchoe plants every two weeks when they are blooming, usually from March to October. Use a water-soluble flowering plant fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 5

Prune kalanchoe plants when they are flowering. Cutting blooms that are dead and dying encourages the plant to produce new blooms and keep existing ones longer.

References

  • Auburn University: Kalanchoe, Commercial Greenhouse Production
  • Al Krismer's Plant Farm: Care of the Kalanchoe Plant
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Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.