Flowering kalanchoes with their cheery clusters of blooms on compact, upright plants
sure to brighten your windowsill. Kalanchoes bloom in response to the length of daylight, so they can be encouraged to bloom even during the darkest days of winter.
If you received a flowering kalanchoe as a gift this year, or if you couldn’t resist the bright midwinter color, below you will find some tips for keeping your plant healthy and blooming for years to come.
Everyone pronounces it differently (and nobody knows exactly who’s right), but we’ve all seen the colorful, happy flower clusters of Kalanchoe Blossfeldana, or flowering Kalanchoe.
A cousin to the Jade plant, flowering Kalanchoe is a fairly low-maintenance succulent house plant.
Flower heads on kalanchoe blossom in bright oranges, pinks, yellow, red,
and white on a compact, upright plant about 6-12 inches tall.
The flowers last several months, and the green plants are pretty year-round.
Kalanchoe Blossfeldana is the most common variety of kalanchoe, but there are many varieties
to choose from. These include pendant (hanging) varieties and non-flowering varieties
grown for their unique foliage. All kalanchoes have the same growing requirements.
About Kalanchoe Plants The deep green, scalloped leaves of the kalanchoe are just as attractive as the flowers. The sculpted foliage persists after bloom and provides for a handsome plant. The starry flowers are long lasting and bloom in winter to spring. Kalanchoe plants require well-drained soil and mild temperatures of at least 60 F. (16 C.). Little maintenance is necessary for kalanchoe care and the succulent has few disease or pest problems, especially when grown indoors.
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.
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.