Details: Kalanchoe is an attractive flowering plant in the cactus and succulent family that like bright light and infrequent watering. Kalanchoe is a durable flowering potted plant requiring little maintenance as a house or office plant. It has dark green, thick waxy leaves with small, four-petaled flowers in clusters above the foliage. They do well in containers indoors or could be planted outdoors in the summer either in containers or in the landscape. The star shaped flowers come in wide range of colors including red, pink, orange, yellow and white. These plants grow best in full sun and a well-drained potting soil and will tolerate bright indoor light levels well. However, these plants tend to get leggy in low light conditions. Ideal temperatures are 45-65 °F at night and 50-70 °F during the day. Cool night temperatures prolong flower life. With good care, kalanchoes may rebloom the next season. After flowering, shift the plant to a slightly larger pot. Kalanchoes are succulents that grow best in a well-drained and well- aerated potting soil, such 60% peat moss and 40% perlite. Cut back tall growth and old flower stems. Keep well watered in a sunny, warm window.
Selling Points: Attractive flowers, Low maintenance, Long lasting blooms
Mature Height: 12″-18″
Mature Width: 8″-12″
Light: Bright direct or indirect
Water: Likes to dry out in between watering
Does Not Ship To AZ, CA, OR, WA.
Light Requirement of Kalanchoe 4.5″:
Indoors, Kalanchoe does well with bright, indirect light or some direct light. An eastern or western facing window would be ideal. Southern exposure would work as well, as long as some shade is provided while the plant transitions (otherwise leaves will burn or turn brown from too much light).
Watering Kalanchoe 4.5″:
Kalanchoe likes to dry out almost completely between watering. It does not like to stay or sit in water. Plants that are watered too often will not survive. If unsure, do not water.
Fertilizing Kalanchoe 4.5″:
Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. All of these fertilizers may be used when planting Kalanchoe.
Best Growing Soil for Kalanchoe 4.5″:
Kalanchoe needs a very well draining soil, and prefer to have dry conditions. Regular potting mix with sand mixed in works well for plants potted in containers, otherwise a cactus potting mix would work. The cactus potting mix already has sand and other ingredients to encourage drainage.