kalanchoe The genus Kalanchoe includes more than 100 plants, but only a few are regularly seen in cultivation. Kalanchoes are native to arid areas, and they are popular succulents. Modern hybrids are valued for their interesting leaf forms or for their flowers. Like poinsettias and holiday cactus, kalanchoes are staples of the holiday and florist trade.
kalanchoe Flowering Kalanchoes are available in red, pink, yellow, or white.
kalanchoe Because they bloom in response to the length of daylight, they can be encouraged to bloom even during the darkest days of winter. Like many succulents, these are not difficult plants to grow, providing you are careful with the water, especially in the winter.
Growing Conditions for Kalanchoe Plants
These growing conditions will keep your Kalanchoe plants healthy and blooming:
- Light: They prefer bright, sunny locations, especially in the summer growing season. During the winter, consider a south-facing window.
- Water: Water moderately throughout the summer and reduce watering in the winter. Let the soil surface dry out between waterings, and in the winter, the plant can almost dry out – they thrive in the low humidity of winter households. Watch the fleshy leaves for signs of water distress.
- Temperature: They prefer warmth. Do not let fall below 55ºF.
- Soil: An ordinary potting soil mix is fine.
- Fertilizer: Feed bi-weekly in the summer with a liquid fertilizer, or use slow-release pellets.
Many kinds of Kalanchoe will produce tiny plantlets along the leaf margins that can be individually potted up. These types include K. pinnata—the air plant—and K. beharensis. The more popular Kalanchoe—K.