How do you care for a kalanchoe plant?

December, 2023
Darren Spalding

The Kal anchoe illuminates interiors with flowers in various shades of red, magenta, pink, orange, yellow and white. Kalanchoe brightens up interiors with flowers in various shades of red, magenta, pink, orange, yellow and white. The best known are Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, also known as flaming Katy, panda plant or widow's thrill. Kalanchoe open their flowers by growing new cells on the inner surface of the petals to force them outward, and on the outside of the petals to close them.

Most end up as pot plants, but areas that can mimic their Madagascan homeland can grow them outdoors. These include the attractive and unusual palette plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) and the powdery-leaved flowering dust plant, Kalanchoe pumila. These are popular houseplants grown for their brightly colored flowers in shades of red, magenta, yellow, orange and white. Your kalanchoe will be fine in the pot it came in, especially if you intend to dispose of it once it has stopped flowering.

Do kalanchoes like full sun?

If your home doesn't have a bright spot suitable for your kalanchoe, you can increase the light by using supplemental sources, such as fluorescent tubes or incandescent bulbs. Kalanchoes planted where night light reaches the leaves may not produce flowers as often as those planted where they have long stretches of darkness at night. Outdoors during the summer, be sure to put your kalanchoe under cover if the forecast calls for several inches of rain. I place this kalanchoe plant near a window during the morning hours five days a week, where it can receive sunlight for 2 to 4 hours.

North of USDA hardiness zone 11, kalanchoes are grown as summer annuals or should be planted in pots so they can be moved indoors when frost threatens. The kalanchoe is a succulent and prefers to be potted rather than planted directly in the ground where it lives.

Is it an indoor or outdoor kalanchoe plant?

If you plan to plant your kalanchoes in garden soil, always wait until after the frost has passed. The more root space they have in the soil or in their containers, the bigger the plant will grow and the more flower clusters it can support. If the heat from the sun is too intense, keep your plants away from windows, as it causes the leaves to burn. Kalanchoe plants are relatively problem free, at most you may notice a mealybug or powdery mildew problem, but even that is rare.

Although normally grown as houseplants, perennial succulents in the kalanchoe family can be grown outdoors in regions with warm or mild winters. This is happy news for those who want to keep their plants outdoors or in home gardens for most of the time. The kalanchoe is a succulent native mainly to Madagascar, while many of its varieties are found in Brazil, tropical Africa and.

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