Botanical Babe Houseplants
Kalanchoe is a diverse genus of succulent plants that includes a wide range of species, many of which are popular as houseplants or for their colorful, long-lasting blooms. Here are some general care guidelines for Kalanchoe:
- Kalanchoes generally thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. They can tolerate some direct morning sunlight, but avoid intense midday sun, which can scorch the leaves.
- Indoor Kalanchoe plants should be placed near a sunny window where they receive plenty of indirect light.
- Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil to dry out between waterings. Kalanchoes are succulents and prefer to be kept on the drier side.
- When you do water, water thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain from the pot. Empty the saucer to prevent the plant from sitting in standing water, which can lead to root rot.
- Reduce watering during the winter months when growth slows down.
- Kalanchoes prefer temperatures between 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C). They can tolerate slightly cooler conditions but should be protected from frost.
- Plant your Kalanchoe in a well-draining succulent or cactus potting mix. Good drainage is essential to prevent overwatering.
- Feed your Kalanchoe with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or eliminate fertilization during the winter months when growth is minimal.
- Prune your Kalanchoe as needed to maintain its shape and size. Deadhead spent blooms and trim leggy growth to encourage bushier growth.
Pests and Disease:
- Kalanchoes are generally hardy but can occasionally be susceptible to common houseplant pests like mealybugs or aphids. Treat any infestations promptly with appropriate measures.
- Many Kalanchoe species are known for their colorful, long-lasting blooms. To encourage flowering, provide bright, indirect light and slightly cooler temperatures (around 50°F to 60°F or 10°C to 15°C) for about 6 weeks before the desired blooming period.
- Keep in mind that some Kalanchoe varieties are grown primarily for their attractive foliage rather than their flowers.
Kalanchoes are popular for their striking foliage and vibrant flowers, making them great choices for indoor or outdoor gardens. With proper care and attention to their specific light, watering, and soil requirements, you can enjoy the beauty of these versatile succulent plants.