Kalanchoes are adored by houseplant enthusiasts and florists alike for their attractive glossy foliage and extended floral displays.
Types of Kalanchoe Plants
Here are five types you might enjoy growing indoors: - Kerinci Kalanchoe - Lanin Kalanchoe - Queen Jodie Kalanchoe - Queen Lindsay Kalanchoe - Simone Kalanchoe
Choose a prepackaged cactus and succulent potting mix, or mix up your own. Blend three parts peat moss with two parts perlite for a beneficial balance of moisture retention and excellent drainage.
Kalanchoes need lots of light to grow strong and healthy, and to rebloom. Bright sunlight is best.
Check to see if your plant needs water by sticking your finger into the soil. When the top 1 to 1.5 inch layer of soil has dried out, it is time to water.
Choose either a slow-release fertilizer or liquid fertilizer that contains approximately equal amounts of the three main nutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K).
Setting the Temperature and Humidity
An ideal temperature range is between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, or average indoor air temperatures.
Like other succulents, kalanchoe plants grow easily from leaf cuttings and stem cuttings. Always select robust, healthy tissue for propagation.
Kalanchoes make an excellent low-allergen choice for allergy sufferers. On the other hand, they contain compounds that can be deadly to cats, dogs, and birds.
Although they have no major enemies, weak or stressed plants may be susceptible to stem rot disease, mealybugs, mites, or scale insect infestations.