Kalanchoe Species Indoors (Kalanchoe species)
A fascinating group of succulent plants, Kalanchoes are available in a diverse array of shapes, textures and sizes. Many are grown mainly for their attractive foliage. All are easy to care for and tolerate some neglect. A perfect choice for anyone new to plants or those who seeking the natural look and feel of plants indoors, but without a lot of maintenance.
Perfect for all kinds of containers. Makes a nice windowsill plant. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather. A wonderful easy-care gift plant!
All-purpose balanced fertilizer.
Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings.
Fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil.
Basic Care Summary
Plant in well drained soil, fertilize regularly.Tolerates drought, but looks best with regular watering.
Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.
Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.
Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.
Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.
Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots.
Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the plant. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet. Discard any excess water that has accumulated in the pot’s saucer.
Don’t water again until the top 1-2” (3-5cm) of soil is completely dry. Check the soil moisture with your finger. Plant may require less water during the winter months when it’s growing more slowly because of lower light levels. Some species may even go dormant for a few months in winter.
Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.
Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.
Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.
Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.
|Available Colors:||Flowers in shades of red, orange, pink, white, and yellow|
|Height Range:||8-24" (20-61cm)|
|Space Range:||12-18" (30-46cm)|
|Lowest Temperature:||60° to 80°F (16° to 27°C)|
|Plant Light:||Bright Light|
|Companion Plants:||Cactus, Aloe, Succulents|