Tips for taking care of a Kalanchoe plant


The Kalanchoe is an excellent indoor plant that has been grown for its colorful blooms for many years. If you’ve recently brought one of these plants into your home or workplace, you may be wondering how to care for it. In this article, you’ll learn what the Kalanchoe is, how to care for it, and how to propagate it.

The Kalanchoe, also known by its scientific name Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, is a plant that is native to Madagascar. It has thick, fleshy leaves that can range in color from green to gray and are often tinged with red or purple. The Kalanchoe blooms in a variety of colors, including red, orange, pink, and yellow.

Caring for a Kalanchoe is relatively easy. The plant thrives in bright, indirect sunlight, so it’s perfect for rooms with a lot of natural light. It can tolerate lower light conditions, but this may cause the plant to produce fewer blooms. The temperature should be kept between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 24 degrees Celsius). Kalanchoes prefer well-drained soil, so make sure to use a potting mix that drains well.

When it comes to watering your Kalanchoe, it’s important to find the right balance. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the leaves to wilt and turn yellow. Water your Kalanchoe when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Be sure to water the plant thoroughly and allow any excess water to drain away.

Fertilizing your Kalanchoe can help keep it healthy and promote blooming. You can use a general-purpose fertilizer or a specialized fertilizer for succulents. Follow the directions on the fertilizer package for the correct dosage and frequency of application. Avoid fertilizing your Kalanchoe during the winter months, as this is its natural resting period.

If you’re interested in propagating your Kalanchoe, there are a few different methods you can try. One common method is to take leaf or stem cuttings and place them in a pot with moist potting soil. Another method is to remove and replant the plantlets that grow along the sides of the mother plant. Both of these methods require some patience, as it can take several weeks or even months for the cuttings or plantlets to take root and start growing.

In conclusion, caring for a Kalanchoe is relatively easy. It likes bright, indirect sunlight, well-drained soil, and regular watering. Fertilizing can help keep the plant healthy and promote blooming. If you’re interested in propagating your Kalanchoe, there are several methods you can try. With a little bit of care and attention, your Kalanchoe will continue to thrive and bring you colorful blooms year after year.

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How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe is a popular type of succulent that is known for its vibrant, rose-like flowers. It is native to Madagascar and belongs to the Crassulaceae family. Growing and caring for kalanchoe is relatively easy, making it a great choice for both experienced and novice gardeners. Here are some tips on how to successfully grow and care for kalanchoe plants.

Light: Kalanchoe plants thrive in bright, indirect light. Place them in rooms with west-facing windows or in areas that receive a few hours of direct sunlight each day. However, be careful not to expose them to too much harsh, direct sunlight, as this can cause sunburn.

Watering: Kalanchoe plants have low water requirements and can tolerate periods of neglect. Water them thoroughly but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s important to find the right balance.

Temperature: Kalanchoe plants prefer warm temperatures between 60°F (15°C) and 85°F (29°C). They can tolerate slightly lower temperatures during the winter, but avoid exposing them to frost. If you live in an area with cold winters, it’s best to grow kalanchoe as a houseplant.

Soil: Kalanchoe plants need well-draining soil to prevent root rot. A cactus or succulent potting mix works well. You can also mix your own soil by combining equal parts of potting soil, sand, and perlite to improve drainage.

Repotting: Repot kalanchoe plants when they outgrow their containers or every 1-2 years. Use a container with drainage holes to allow excess water to escape. During the repotting process, you can also propagate new plants from leaf or stem cuttings.

Pruning: To encourage bushier growth, prune the stems of your kalanchoe. Cut just above a leaf node to promote branching. You can also remove any dead or dying leaves to keep the plant looking neat and tidy.

Blooming: Kalanchoe plants are known for their long-lasting blooms, which can last for several weeks. To encourage blooming, provide your kalanchoe with a period of darkness for 12-14 hours each day for 6-8 weeks. This can be achieved by placing a cardboard box or a plastic bag over the plant during the designated dark period.

Additional Care: Kalanchoe plants benefit from regular fertilizing during the growing season. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and follow the recommended dosage instructions. It’s also important to consider the moisture levels and humidity in your home. Kalanchoe plants prefer higher humidity levels, so you may need to provide additional humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant.

With these tips and considerations in mind, you’ll be well on your way to successfully growing and caring for your kalanchoe plants. Enjoy their beautiful blooms and unique foliage all year round!

Plant Care

Caring for Kalanchoe plants is relatively easy, making them an ideal choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners.

Here is an overview of how to care for Kalanchoe plants:

1. Light: Kalanchoe plants thrive in bright light, so it is best to place them near a sunny window where they can receive at least six hours of sunlight each day. Indoors, they can also be grown under fluorescent lights.

2. Temperature: These plants are well-adapted to average room temperatures, and can tolerate temperatures between 55°F and 85°F (13°C and 29°C). However, they should be protected from freezing temperatures during winter months.

3. Watering: Kalanchoe plants should be watered thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. It is important to avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. During winter months, when the plant is dormant, watering should be reduced.

4. Fertilizer: Kalanchoe plants do not require a lot of fertilizer. They can be fertilized once or twice a month during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Always follow the directions on the fertilizer package for the correct mixing ratio.

5. Repotting: Kalanchoe plants usually do not require frequent repotting. They can be repotted once every two to three years to provide fresh soil and remove any crowded roots. When repotting, select a container that is slightly larger than the current one.

6. Care during winter: Kalanchoe plants can be brought indoors for winter months. Keep them in a cool, bright location away from drafts and heating vents. Watering should be reduced during this time, and fertilizer should not be applied.

Common problems: Some common problems with Kalanchoe plants include overwatering, root rot, and pests such as aphids or mealybugs. To prevent these issues, make sure the plants are watered correctly, have good drainage, and are inspected regularly for pests. If any problems arise, address them promptly using appropriate treatments.


Q: How often should I water my Kalanchoe plant?

A: Kalanchoe plants should be watered when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry to the touch.

Q: Can I grow Kalanchoe from seeds?

A: Yes, Kalanchoe can be grown from seeds. However, this method of propagation requires more time and patience compared to other methods such as leaf or stem cuttings.

Q: How do I fertilize my Kalanchoe plant?

A: To fertilize Kalanchoe plants, use a balanced water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for the correct mixing ratio and frequency of application.

In conclusion, Kalanchoe plants are easy to care for and can provide vibrant blooms throughout the year with proper care and attention. By following the guidelines outlined in this article, you can ensure that your Kalanchoe plants thrive and add beauty to your indoor or outdoor setting.

Best Growing Conditions for Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe is a popular houseplant known for its long-lasting blooms and easy care requirements. To ensure your Kalanchoe thrives, it is important to provide it with the best growing conditions. Here is a guide on how to care for your Kalanchoe:

  • Light: Kalanchoe plants prefer bright, sunny conditions. Place them in a location where they can receive at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day. If you are growing Kalanchoe outdoors, make sure to place them in an area that is protected from extreme temperatures and strong winds.
  • Temperature: Kalanchoe plants generally prefer temperatures between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit (15-24 degrees Celsius). They can tolerate slightly higher temperatures, but avoid exposing them to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
  • Watering: Kalanchoe plants need well-draining soil, so make sure to choose a pot with drainage holes. Water the plant when the top inch of the soil feels dry, but be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot. During the growing season, water more frequently, and reduce watering during the winter months.
  • Fertilizing: Kalanchoe plants do not require excessive fertilizing. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and follow the recommended dosage on the packaging. Fertilize once every 2-4 weeks during the growing season and avoid fertilizing during the winter months.
  • Pruning: If your Kalanchoe starts to outgrow its pot or becomes leggy, it is recommended to prune it back. Prune back the stems using clean, sharp pruning shears, and remove any dead or dying leaves. This will help maintain a compact and attractive plant.
  • Pest and Disease Control: Kalanchoe plants are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, they can occasionally be affected by mealybugs. If you notice any signs of infestation, treat them with an appropriate insecticide following the instructions on the label.
  • Repotting: Kalanchoe plants typically do not require frequent repotting. Repot them only when they become rootbound or when you want to refresh the soil. Use a well-draining potting mix and choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one.

By providing your Kalanchoe with the best growing conditions outlined in this article, you can ensure that your plant thrives and produces beautiful blooms. Remember to always monitor your plant’s water levels, light exposure, and timely care to keep it happy and healthy.

How to Propagate Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe plants can be easily propagated through seeds or by using leaf cuttings. Here are some tips on how to propagate your own Kalanchoe:

  • Seeds: If you have enough seeds, you can grow new Kalanchoe plants from scratch. Simply sow the seeds in a sunny location either outdoors or indoors and keep the soil moist. After a few weeks, you should start to see new foliage sprouting.
  • Leaf cuttings: Another way to propagate Kalanchoe is by taking leaf cuttings. Find a healthy and colorful leaf and remove it from the plant. Lay the leaf on a flat surface and let it dry for a day or two. Once the cut end has calloused over, you can place the leaf cutting in a pot filled with well-draining soil. Keep the soil lightly moist and in a warm location. After a few weeks, roots should start to develop, and a new plant will slowly emerge.

When propagating Kalanchoe, it’s important to remember a few key points:

  • Frequent watering: These plants like to be kept hydrated, but make sure not to overwater them. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot.
  • Correct dosage: Use a well-balanced fertilizer to feed your Kalanchoe plants during the growing season. Follow the instructions on the packaging for the correct dosage.
  • Placing in the right location: Kalanchoe plants prefer bright, indirect light. Place them near a window where they can get plenty of sunlight, but make sure to avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.
  • Outdoor placement during summer: During the summer months, you can move your Kalanchoe plants outdoors to give them a boost of fresh air and natural sunlight. Just make sure to gradually acclimate them to the outdoor conditions to prevent shock.
  • Repotting: Kalanchoes don’t require frequent repotting, but if you find that your plant has outgrown its current pot, you can repot it into a slightly larger container using well-draining soil.

By following these simple steps, you can easily propagate your own Kalanchoe plants and enjoy their beautiful blooms year after year. They are easy-care plants that can thrive in a wide range of conditions, making them a popular choice for both indoor and outdoor gardens.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.