Indoor Kalanchoe Care: Tips and Tricks for a Thriving Plant

You’ll have blooms for several weeks with this houseplant. This plant has always been said to be an absolute all-round plant.

And if you are wondering why, let me tell you that there’s no shortage of reasons, so you can pick anyone that sounds most convincing. 

Low maintenance, muscular climate flexibility, enormous adaptability, Gorgeous flowers, stunning foliage, extended blooming periods, medicinal benefits, and air purification qualities – Make a choice!

Kalanchoe comes in more than 100 species. All these species are native to Madagascar.

Hence, There are way too many Kalanchoe plants, so in this blog, we’ll tell you about the indoor Kalanchoe plant, along with tips for growing and caring for these hardy, beloved succulents. Wait for more blogs of other types.

 Kalanchoe plants’ succulent, ovular-shaped, scallop-edged ruby-green leaves make them an attractive addition to any space. The most fascinating part of this plant is that it develops red leaves or leaf edges when grown with sufficient sunlight. People mostly grow Kalanchoe blossfeldiana- a houseplant species that blooms with clusters of tiny, colorful flowers. You can find them in almost all vibrant shades- red, pink, yellow, orange, salmon, and white.

Kalanchoe is a popular houseplant because it’s drought-tolerant and easy to grow. As an outdoor plant, you can grow it in tropical and subtropical climates. When it’s cold, it is mainly grown indoors. 

Keep your pets- cats and dogs away from this beautiful little devil. This plant is toxic to them.

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Kalanchoe Indoor Plant Care

Taking care of your Kalanchoe is a breeze with these simple tips and ideal conditions. Here’s what you need to know:

Plant your Kalanchoe in loose, sandy, well-draining soil. Try using cactus mix or a suitable succulent soil. Both do wonders when it comes to this plant. Find a cozy spot for your Kalanchoe indoors to enjoy bright, indirect light. If you prefer the great outdoors, place it in a sunny spot with some protection from the intense afternoon sun.

Let your Kalanchoe dry out entirely between waterings. It’s a drought-tolerant plant that doesn’t like soggy feet!

Give your indoor Kalanchoe a little nutrient boost once a month during the spring and summer. A balanced fertilizer will keep it happy and thriving.

Kalanchoe Indoor Plant Care

Light

Place your Kalanchoe where it gets bright, indirect light indoors. If it’s outdoors, partial shade to full sun is perfect. Remember to provide this plan with some afternoon shade. Only an afternoon shade can protect it from scorching. If it starts getting leggy, it needs more light!

Soil & Water

Before watering, touch the soil. If it’s dry, water the plant. If it’s still moist, wait a bit longer.

Generally, water your Kalanchoe once every two weeks. When blooming, it might need more water, and if you forget, you have not to worry because Kalanchoe withstands a few missed watering days like a hero!

Keep the sandy soil evenly moist but not soggy. Opt for a clay pot to help drain excess water.

Temperature and Humidity

Indoor Kalanchoe is well suited to tolerate almost any indoor environment (55ºF-80ºF) except for cold freezing temperatures, which will kill them. They are OK and comfortable with most humidity levels, too.

Fertiliser

Taking care of your Kalanchoe is a breeze, especially regarding fertilizing. While these lovely plants aren’t heavy feeders, they occasionally benefit from a little boost. If you’re growing your Kalanchoe outdoors, a light feeding in the spring should do the trick. For indoor plants, aim to fertilize with a well-balanced blend once a month during the warmer months of spring and summer, but give them a break during the winter. And if you notice your Kalanchoe is flowering less, switch to a fertilizer with a higher phosphorus content. This encourages those pretty blooms to come out and play.

Growth Rate

Regarding growth, Kalanchoes are patient beings, taking their sweet time to reach maturity. Typically, these plants take two to five years to get full size. For instance, the famous ‘Flaming Katy’ variety usually tops around 12 inches tall when fully grown. On the other hand, the Paddle plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) can stretch to over two feet in height. In comparison, varieties like cathedral bells (Kalanchoe pinnata) and velvet-leaf Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe beharensis) can reach impressive heights of five to six feet in cultivation. Outdoor Kalanchoes tend to grow a bit faster, thanks to the abundance of bright sunlight they receive.

Pruning

Keeping your Kalanchoe in tip-top shape is a cinch with some pruning know-how. Pinching back the stems helps maintain its tidy appearance and encourages lush blooming. Be sure to snip away any wilted or dead flowers to keep your plant fresh and vibrant while stimulating new growth. Tending to your Kalanchoe during its resting phase in late winter and early spring is crucial to ensure it stays healthy and thriving.

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Propagating Kalanchoe

Propagating Kalanchoe

Expanding your Kalanchoe collection is a breeze with propagation, and it’s good for your plant’s health! As your Kalanchoe matures, it produces offsets that can strain the mother plant. Instead of letting them sap nutrients, you can propagate these offsets (or take stem cuttings) almost anytime. Here’s how:

  • Cut a few inches of stem from a mature plant using clean, sharp scissors, or remove offsets at the joint where they connect to the parent.
  • Let the cutting dry out for a few days until the end heals and forms a callus.
  • Dip the calloused end in the rooting hormone.
  • Plant the cutting in soil in a way that is similar to what the mother plant prefers.
  • Put the new cutting in bright, indirect light without watering. It should take root within a month; you can care for it like any other Kalanchoe.

Potting and Repotting Kalanchoe

Potting and Repotting Kalanchoe

Contrary to some plants, Kalanchoe prefers extra room to spread its roots. It’s best to repot your Kalanchoe quite frequently for optimal growth. Aim to do this annually in the fall, right after its blooming period. This routine maintenance stimulates new growth and enhances the plant’s overall lushness. Add one container size to accommodate its expanding roots each time you repot.

When it comes to choosing a pot, opt for a well-draining one. Clay pots work wonders as their porous nature helps maintain soil moisture at the right level.

Common Kalanchoe Problems:

While Kalanchoe is typically a breeze to care for, a few issues may crop up if you’re not careful with watering and temperature:

Soft, Damaged Blooms and Leaves:

You might notice damaged leaves or stunted blooms if your Kalanchoe is exposed to near-freezing temperatures. Keep them cozy above 50°F for the best results.

Wilting:

High temperatures can cause leaves to wilt, so it’s best to keep your Kalanchoe below 80°F.

Drab or Burned Leaves:

Getting the right amount of light is crucial for healthy Kalanchoes. Too little light can result in dull, lackluster leaves, while too much direct sunlight can lead to burned foliage. Aim for bright, indirect light for indoor Kalanchoes to keep them happy.

Soft, Fragile Stems:

Avoid overwatering. Do not use soil that can retain light levels of moisture. Not doing this causes root and stem rot in Kalanchoes. Hold off on watering until the plant returns if you notice soft stems.

Failure to Bloom:

If your Kalanchoe isn’t blooming, it might be because it hasn’t experienced enough darkness during winter to reset its bloom cycle. Ensure it gets at least 14 hours of nighttime darkness daily for about six weeks during winter to encourage blooming.

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Types of Kalanchoe

Chandelier Plant:

Chandelier Plant:
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Kalanchoe delagoensis boasts succulent, tubular leaves with maroon or brown splotches. Referred to as Kalanchoe tubiflora or Bryophyllum tubiflora, it can grow up to 4 feet.

Felt Bush:

Felt Bush
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Kalanchoe beharensis features fuzzy leaves adorned with a thick white blush, often developing warty projections underneath. Indoors, it can grow up to 4 feet tall, resembling a panda plant with reddish-brown tips.

Florist’s Kalanchoe:

Florists Kalanchoe | Plant Gardener

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana boasts succulent leaves with scalloped edges, but its natural charm lies in its brilliantly colored clusters of flowers. This plant grows best in bright light and requires long nights to bloom profusely.

Panda Plant:

Panda Plant | Plant Gardener

Kalanchoe tomentosa is famous for its fuzzy, silvery leaves tipped with reddish-brown hues. It’s also affectionately known as “pussy ears” for its unique appearance.

Mother-of-Thousands:

Mother of Thousands | Plant Gardener

Kalanchoe daigremontiana features plump, toothed leaves that produce tiny plantlets along their edges. These plantlets fall off and grow into new plants, reaching heights up to 3 feet. They also called the devil’s backbone or good luck plant.

With its stunning foliage, vibrant blooms, and easy-care nature, it’s no wonder why this plant has become a favorite among gardening enthusiasts.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q1 – How often should I water my Kalanchoe?

Ans – Aim to water your Kalanchoe once every two weeks. This allows the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During its blooming period, it may require more frequent watering.

Q2 – What should I do if my Kalanchoe isn’t blooming?

Ans – If your Kalanchoe isn’t blooming, it may not be experiencing enough darkness during winter. Ensure it receives at least 14 hours of nighttime darkness daily for about six weeks to encourage blooming.

Q3 – Can I propagate my Kalanchoe?

Ans – Yes, propagating your Kalanchoe is a great way to expand your collection. You can do so by taking stem cuttings or removing offsets from the parent plant and allowing them to root in well-draining soil.

Q4 – What are some common problems I may encounter with my Kalanchoe?

Ans – Common issues include soft, damaged blooms and leaves from exposure to freezing temperatures, wilting from high temperatures, drab or burned leaves from improper lighting, and soft, fragile stems from overwatering.

Q5 – How often should I repot my Kalanchoe?

Ans – It’s best to repot your Kalanchoe annually in the fall, right after its blooming period. This helps stimulate new growth.

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