One of the best flowering houseplants–Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Care Indoors is quite easy when you know all the tips and tricks!
Kalanchoe is an ideal flowering succulent to grow in-home and office, as it thrives on neglect and produces colorful flowers for a long time! If you’re a frequent traveler, out of the city every weekend, or often forget to provide daily care for houseplants, you can still grow this with these Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Care Indoors tips!
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Choosing a Container
The size of the container depends on the size of the plant. Usually, they are sold in 2, 4, and 6 inches pots. Now, if you’ve bought a kalanchoe plant in a 4 inches pot, repot it to one size bigger pot, if it’s very rootbound or else let it grow in a similar size container. Usually, 6 pots are good for these plants, once they become tall and mature transfer them in 8 inches pots.
Propagating this plant is quite a straightforward process. There are four ways–Division, stem cutting, leaves, and seeds. Whereas seed propagation takes time, the root division is easier. Stem cutting is also a quick method to multiply these succulents. You can grow new plants from leaves as well by placing them in a pot or tray filled with potting medium or sand.
Here’s everything you need to know about propagating succulents from leaves
Requirements for Growing Kalanchoe Plant Indoors
Kalanchoe loves bright light and a warm location. A south or west-facing window in your home is going to be an ideal spot where it can enjoy the mild direct sun while being safe from the harsh afternoon light.
Remember it’s not a low light plant but it also doesn’t like full direct sun. Rotate the container, once a week, for even light exposure and plant growth. Avoid keeping the plant near doors and air vents to protect it from cold drafts of air.
The plant will do just fine at normal indoor temperature. As it is a flowering plant, it generally blossoms from late fall to spring or up to early summer sometimes. The optimum temperature range for the plant is 60-85 F (15-30 C).
Kalanchoe appreciates well-draining soil and does quite well in it. While you can use your regular houseplant soil, it would be best if you add a 50% succulent or cactus mix in it. Additionally, merge a bit of compost in the mix and you’ll have a great medium to grow these plants!
As the plant is a succulent with fleshy leaves, it will store water according to its requirements, so you don’t have to water it often. Just keep an eye on the topsoil and only water when it appears dry. Also, avoid wetting the foliage or misting as you do with other plants.
Note: Don’t forget to clean the leaves of your indoor kalanchoe plant from time to time, if you find dirt on them.
Kalanchoe Plant Care Indoors
Being a succulent it can grow in poor soil, but to boost flowering, you can feed with balanced, water-soluble plant food in spring and summer months. Alternatively, topdressing the soil with compost in spring is also helpful. If you live in a cold climate, don’t fertilize in late fall and winter.
Pests and Diseases
Other Flowering Kalanchoe Varieties
Kalanchoes are going to delight you with the clusters of their amazing flowers, which makes them one of the best flowering succulents!
- Kalanchoe manginii
It’ll amaze you with its large, bell-like pendant flowers. Flowers late winter or early spring.
- Kalanchoe porphyrocalyx
It’ll delight you with its purple pendant flowers. Great for hanging baskets! Flowers from fall to late winter.
- Kalanchoe scapigera
A compact specimen, it grows tubular flowers in salmon-red color. Flowers in early spring.