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Kalanchoe care: indoor or outdoor, with these simple tips your succulent will bloom multiple times

If you want to grow a succulent with a little extra beauty, then the Kalanchoe is for you. Like many succulents, this is a relatively low maintenance plant that prefers plenty of sun and well-drained soil. If you pay a little attention to kalanchoe care, you can be sure that your plants will thrive – and bloom for you – all year long.

What you should know about the Kalanchoe plant

The best known type of Kalanchoe is Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

There are several species of Kalanchoe, such as cat’s ear Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe tomentosa), the desert cabbage (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) and the brood leaf (Kalanchoe daigremontiana), but the best known is Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, usually referred to simply as Kalanchoe.

Native to Madagascar, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a succulent perennial with shell-shaped leaves and flower umbels that extend beyond the foliage. It has a particularly long flowering period compared to other succulents. It is slow growing and takes an average of two to five years to reach mature size. It comes in pretty shades of red, pink, yellow and white and you can find it in many grocery stores, nurseries and flower stores, especially in winter.

Important. People who have curious pets at home should be careful where they keep their kalanchoe – all parts of the plant are toxic to cats and dogs.

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A must for the care of Kalanchoe – Find the right light.

With the right d environment, these pretty succulents can bloom indoors year round

Kalanchoe plants that are grown indoors need a lot of light to bloom. Therefore, they should be kept in a room with plenty of bright, natural light. However, avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can burn the leaves and affect flowering. If you notice your plant’s leaves starting to turn yellow, it’s a sign that it’s getting too much sun. Move your plant to a location with less direct sunlight.

Note: Kalanchoe prefers a bright location, as it will get enough energy from the sun to develop its colorful flowers.

What kind of soil does your plant need?

Outdoors, a kalanchoe plant grows best in well-drained, sandy soil. Indoor plants should be potted in a mixture that does not retain too much moisture, such as 50 percent potting soil and 50 percent cactus soil or 60 percent peat moss and 40 percent perlite. To ensure good drainage and avoid an overly moist environment, you can also plant your kalanchoe in a clay pot that will soak up excess water from the soil.

Kalanchoe care – temperature and humidity.

Kalanchoe care - temperature and humidity

Your home environment is important to the Kalanchoe, although it is not as picky as other houseplants. Generally, it thrives in temperatures between 13 and 27 degrees Celsius. So other than protecting it from frost, you don’t have to do much to create the right environment. These plants are not picky about humidity.

The succulent does not need much water

This succulent does not need much water


If you have a habit of occasionally forgetting to water your plants, a Kalanchoe may be the perfect choice for you. This vigorous plant gets by with a minimum of water and only needs a full saturation every few weeks (and even less frequently during the winter months). Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings to avoid root rot. Since this plant is a succulent, its leaves are capable of retaining water. Even if you water a few days late, the plant will be fine.

Kalanchoe care – when and with what you should fertilize it.

Kalanchoe care - When and with what you should fertilize them.

Like most flowering plants, kalanchoe benefits from fertilizer, although it is less hungry than many other plants. Garden plants require little more than a single light fertilization in spring. Houseplants should be fertilized with a balanced fertilizer mix once a month during the spring and summer months, but not in the winter. If flowering is sparse, switch to a fertilizer with a higher phosphorus content.

How to make kalanchoe bloom

Kalanchoe Care - Indoor or outdoor, with these simple tips your succulent will bloom multiple times.


With proper care and environment, kalanchoe plants can bloom indoors year-round. The most important component of a frequently blooming kalanchoe plant is ample sunlight. For your kalanchoe plant to reach its full potential, it should be placed in a location where it receives at least six to eight hours of bright light each day.

In the fall and winter, however, it is important that the succulent receive near-total darkness during the remaining hours of the day. A full 14 hours of daily darkness for a period of at least six weeks is necessary for the plant to accumulate energy for more blooms.

Removing flower heads after flowering is also a good way to encourage continuous flowering. If you can’t help your plant reach its potential, look for a fertilizer blend with a high phosphorus content that can help it produce additional buds the next time it blooms.

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