How to Care for Your Kalanchoe Plant
Kalanchoe (collin-CO-wee), an evergreen plant native to tropical Madagascar, is a common houseplant grown for its attractive, numerous clusters of colourful flowers. Flowers comes in shades of yellow, orange, or red. It is available all year round at local garden centers and at GrowerDirect.com. They make a wonderful gifts!
This houseplant is very easy to take care of and will produce an abundance of long lasting flowers with very little care. It is a good choice for people that tend to forget to water their houseplants, as it likes to be on the drier side. Kalanchoe is a succulent, which means its leaves store water. As these plants are native to warm, tropical places, it does best in a warm environment.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your kalanchoe plant:
- Kalanchoe needs plenty of light to bloom. Place potted plant close to a sunny window. Keep plant warm; temperatures between 13-29 degrees C (55-80 degrees F) would be ideal.
- Plant in well-drained, well-aerated soil, such as 50% peat moss and 40% perlite.
- It cannot tolerate cold temperatures. Avoid placing plants near drafts or cool windowsills.
- Use a clay pot to plant the kalanchoe, as the roots can be quite sensitive.
- Like other succulents, kalanchoes do not need much water. Allow the soil to dry in between watering. Do not over water, as the roots can be prone to rot.
- Feed kalanchoe about once per month during the blooming period.
- Pinch back or deadhead flowers to encourage more blooms. After deadheading, give the plant a break and reduce watering.
- Most kalanchoes will re-bloom, usually during shorter days and longer nights, between fall and spring.
- To propagate the plant, take a leaf cutting and place it into some water until roots form. Then re-plant in soil.