Low Maintenance Plant: Kalanchoe

Low Maintenance Plant: Kalanchoe

Consider adding a low maintenance kalanchoe to brighten your indoor space. 

Looking for an easy care plant for a hostess gift, centerpiece, or to brighten your home or office? Try the colorful kalanchoe. This succulent produces clusters of red, magenta, pink, orange, yellow or white flowers that are sure to enhance any indoor décor.

Kalanchoes require the same care as jade plants. Keep flowering plants in a cool well-lit location to prolong their bloom. Avoid drafts of hot and cold air that can cause blossoms to drop and leaves to yellow. Water kalanchoes thoroughly when the soil starts to dry. Pour off excess water that collects in the saucer to avoid root rot. Remove the first set of blossoms as they fade to encourage a second flush of flowers.

Look for fun and creative ways to display these plants. Place several plants in a basket for greater floral impact. Combine kalanchoes with other succulents in a dish garden or open terrarium. 

Place a saucer in the bottom of the decorative container. Set the kalanchoe, still in its original pot, on the saucer inside the decorative container. Further reduce your workload and increase your growing success by placing pebbles in the saucer. The pebbles elevate the potted kalanchoe above any excess water that collects in the saucer helping to avoid root rot.

Once your kalanchoe has finished blooming give it the same care as your other succulent plants. Move the plant into a sunny window and water when the soil is dry.  Fertilize with a dilute solution of flowering houseplant fertilizer once the second set of flowers fade.  Continue fertilizing actively growing plants once a month from spring through summer.

Rebloom this plant by providing 14 hours of total darkness each night and bright light during the day.  Start this process in early October if you want flowers for the holidays. Once flower buds are fully developed you can stop the dark treatment and wait for your flowering reward.

 

Kalanchoes at a Glance

Name: Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

Size: 6 to 12 inches tall and wide

Light: Full sun, brightly lit location indoors

Water: Thoroughly whenever the potting mix begins to dry

Soil: Well-drained potting mix 

 

Written by, gardening expert, Melinda Myers.  Each month Melinda will feature a low maintenance plant perfect for beginning and experienced gardeners looking for attractive easy care plants.  Melinda Myers is a nationally recognized gardening expert with more than 30 years of horticulture experience.  She is a wealth of knowledge and we are pleased to share Melinda’s Low Maintenance Plant of the Month with you!