Kalanchoe Plant Outdoors: A Guide to Successful Growth

Kalanchoe Plant Outdoors

Low maintenance, muscular climate flexibility, enormous adaptability, Gorgeous flowers, stunning foliage, extended blooming periods, medicinal benefits, and air purification qualities – This is how we defined the Kalanchoes plant in our last blog on how to take care of the indoor Kalanchoes

But we have surprise for you all-

Even though these beauties are typically grown indoors, they can still be placed outside whenever temperatures are warm enough or if winter temperatures do not get low enough to harm them. 

However- do remember that growing Kalanchoe plants indoors or outdoors, Kalanchoes still need bright light, dry periods between waterings, and room to spread their root system.

So if you are someone who loves plants but does not have a lot of space inside- this blog is particularly for you guys- I have been there!

They are pretty low-maintenance succulents that bear bunches of small vibrant flowers on branching bracts.

As already mentioned, These long, lasting blooming plants with colorful flowers can brighten up both your garden and home. 

So Before I officially begin, introducing you guys to the outdoor kalanchoe plant care, here is an additional tip-

If you want the flowering period to be more long-lasting, buy your plant with at least half the flower buds partially or not yet opened. They’ll gradually open after you get them home and care for them.

Now, Let this be your small guide to Outdoor Kalanchoe Care.

Also Read: Indoor Kalanchoe Care: Tips and Tricks for a Thriving Plant

Outdoor Kalanchoes Care:

kalanchoe plant care outdoors

Kalanchoes grown outside do not need much care and that is why we call this plant low maintenance. Infact, whether grown indoors or out- they have low water needs.

Choosing the Right Spot:

Undoubtedly, When it comes to growing Kalanchoe outdoors, location is key. These enormous adaptable succulents thrive in bright, indirect sunlight, making them perfect for patios, balconies, or sunny garden spots. Ensure they receive at least four hours of sunlight per day for optimal growth and flowering.

Temperature:

While temperatures of 50 to 60 °F (10 to 15.5 °C) will keep the Kalanchoes in bloom, freezing temperatures can kill them. In some normal climates, they can be planted directly in the landscape with minimal winter protection and will function as perennials. However, 

Bright shade is also important.

When I planted my own- they used to get bright light and one or two hours of direct sun in the summer and believe me this is enough -Too much direct sunlight will cause burns.

They can tolerate brief periods of colder weather; it’s essential to bring them indoors if temperatures drop below 50°F (10°C) to avoid damage. Additionally, protect them from harsh winds, as they can damage the delicate foliage and flowers

Water:

Do not water plants unless the top 1 inch (2.5 cm) or so of the soil feels dry. Kalanchoes have sensitive roots and do not like soggy soils, which can cause root rot and kill the plants. The plants can stand some drought, but it can inhibit plant growth if the soil gets too dry.

Planting and Soil:

Before planting your Kalanchoe outdoors, make sure to choose well-draining soil. Sandy or loamy soil works best, as it prevents waterlogging and root rot. If your soil is heavy or clay-like, consider adding perlite or sand to improve drainage. Plant your Kalanchoe in a pot or directly in the ground, ensuring that the roots have plenty of room to spread out.

Watering:

One of the biggest mistakes gardeners make with Kalanchoe plants is overwatering. These succulents prefer to dry out between waterings, so only water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. During the summer months, you may need to water more frequently, but be sure to scale back in the winter to prevent root rot.

Fertilizing:

To encourage healthy growth and vibrant blooms, fertilize your outdoor Kalanchoe plants every two to four weeks during the growing season. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength to avoid burning the roots. Stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when the plant is dormant.

Also Read: Succulent Plants: Growing and Caring for Succulent Plants for Beginners

Pruning and Maintenance

outdoors kalanchoe plant care

Kalanchoe plants are relatively low maintenance, but they benefit from occasional pruning to maintain their shape and encourage new growth. Remove any dead or damaged leaves and flowers as needed, and pinch back leggy stems to promote bushier growth. Regularly inspect your plants for signs of pests or disease, such as mealybugs or powdery mildew, and treat them promptly to prevent spreading.

Propagation

One of the best things about Kalanchoe plants is how easy they are to propagate. Simply snip off a healthy leaf or stem cutting and allow it to callus over for a few days before planting it in well-draining soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until roots develop, then treat it like a mature plant.

Planting Kalanchoe plants outdoors will definitely bring beauty and color to any garden or patio. Just follow these steps that I have crafted from my experience for care and maintenance, you can enjoy thriving Kalanchoe plants year-round, regardless of your climate. So fellow gardeners- why waiting? 

Gardening doesn’t have to be dull — indoors or out — when you plant kalanchoe.

Start growing your outdoor Kalanchoe garden today and watch as these stunning succulents transform your outdoor space!

growing kalanchoe outdoors

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

1. Can Kalanchoe plants survive outdoors?

Absolutely! While Kalanchoes are commonly grown indoors, they can thrive outdoors as long as temperatures remain warm and frost-free. Just ensure they receive adequate sunlight and well-draining soil.

2. How much sunlight do outdoor Kalanchoe plants need?

Kalanchoes love bright, indirect sunlight. Aim for at least four hours of sunlight per day for optimal growth and flowering. However, be cautious of too much direct sunlight, as it can cause burns.

3. What temperature is suitable for outdoor Kalanchoe plants?

Outdoor Kalanchoes prefer temperatures between 50°F to 85°F (10°C to 29°C). They can tolerate brief cold spells, but it’s crucial to bring them indoors if temperatures drop below 50°F (10°C) to prevent damage.

4. How often should I water outdoor Kalanchoe plants?

Watering requirements for outdoor Kalanchoes are minimal. Only water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, as these succulents prefer to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

5. Can outdoor Kalanchoe plants be fertilized?

Yes, outdoor Kalanchoe plants can benefit from fertilization during the growing season. Apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two to four weeks, diluted to half strength, to encourage healthy growth and vibrant blooms.

6. How do I propagate outdoor Kalanchoe plants?

Propagating Kalanchoe plants outdoors is straightforward. Simply take a healthy leaf or stem cutting, allow it to callus over for a few days, then plant it in well-draining soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until roots develop, and treat it like a mature plant thereafter.

7. What should I do if my outdoor Kalanchoe plants are affected by pests or disease?

Regularly inspect your outdoor Kalanchoe plants for signs of pests or disease, such as mealybugs or powdery mildew. Treat affected plants promptly with appropriate solutions to prevent spreading and ensure the health of your garden.

8. Can outdoor Kalanchoe plants be planted directly in the ground?

Yes, outdoor Kalanchoe plants can be planted directly in the ground, provided the soil is well-draining. Sandy or loamy soil works best to prevent waterlogging and root rot. Ensure the plants have enough space to spread their root system for optimal growth.

9. How do I prolong the flowering period of outdoor Kalanchoe plants?

For a longer-lasting flowering period, purchase Kalanchoe plants with at least half of the flower buds partially or not yet opened. They will gradually open after you bring them home and care for them, extending the beauty of their blooms in your outdoor space.

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