Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.), one of the prettier flowering succulent houseplants, is hardy outdoors in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 to 12. When grown indoors, they provide months of colorful blooms if properly tended.
Keeping this in view, how do you care for a kalanchoe plant indoors?
Kalanchoe needs plenty of light to bloom. Place potted plant close to a sunny window. Keep plant warm; temperatures between 13-29 degrees C (55-80 degrees F) would be ideal. Plant in well-drained, well-aerated soil, such as 50% peat moss and 40% perlite.
Accordingly, how do you keep kalanchoe blooming?
Tricking a Kalanchoe into Blooming
Keep the plant warm and away from drafts. Do not water or feed the plant for 6 weeks, as it is dormant. As soon as you see flower buds, move the plant to brighter lighting and resume watering. Feed the plant in spring and remove spent flowers to encourage new buds.
Can kalanchoe take full sun?
As an indoor plant in cooler climates, kalanchoe grows best in full sun or bright indirect light. This plant needs a very well-drained soil. Water thoroughly but let dry between watering.
The best rule of thumb for watering a kalanchoe is to stick your finger in the soil every few days. When the top 2 inches of soil is dry (all the way dry, not just sort of dry), it’s time to water. Indoors, this will probably mean you’ll only need to water every 2 or 3 weeks, but be sure to check regularly.
Inadequate irrigation is one of the biggest causes of death for Kalanchoe. Soil can also be a determining factor. If the leaves start to look yellow and transparent, and feel wet or soft when touched, they are likely to have been over-watered.
Known as wan zi qian hong – meaning thousands and millions of red and purple in reference to its small flowers – the kalanchoe is an easy plant to grow and is said to bring wealth and prosperity.
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is susceptible to zinc deficiency, which is made worse in soils with high phosphorous levels. Symptoms of zinc deficiency include yellowing of leaves in between veins as well as curling, wilting and leaf distortion.
Kalanchoe prefers a light to sunny spot both indoors and outdoors, provided that the temperature remains above 12°C. The plant stores moisture in the thick leaves; watering once a week is enough. Too much water is definitely to be avoided: it’s better for the soil to be a little too dry than much too wet.
While usually grown as a houseplant, the succulent perennials of the Kalanchoe family can grow outside in regions with warm or mild winters. Climate needs vary by species, so to grow outdoors you need make sure the kalanchoe plant you choose can survive.
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana often goes by the shortened name of Kalanchoe or by its more common names of Widow’s-thrill and Flaming Katy, derived from its colorful and vibrant blooms.