Plant special features
|Kalanchoes require direct sunlight and grows best in full sun, although they can survive with bright indirect sunlight. The plants tend to get spindly in low light conditions.
|Kalanchoe can be damaged by over watering. They only need to be watered when the soil is completely dry.
|Ideal temperatures are 45-65 °F at night and 50-70 °F during the day.
|Kalanchoes are succulents that grow best in a well-drained, light and well- aerated potting soil, such as 60% cocopeat and 40% perlite.
|As the plant overgrows, move up to a wider pot/ container that can sustain it for reblooming the next season.
|Propagation can be done from herbaceous stem cuttings in spring or early summer. For best rooting, use vegetative shoots (not flowering shoots). Allow the cutting to dry out for few days before inserting into a good rooting medium. Place the pot indoors in bright, indirect light and in a closed large plastic bag to maintain high levels of humidity. Within 14-21 days, the cuttings should be established enough to transplant.
Dos and Don’ts:
Mealybugs, aphids and brown scale are the most common insects/pests that infest kalanchoe. Isolate plants that are infested. For pest control: Clean the leaves of the plant with a solution of little bit of dishwashing detergent / liquid Sanitizer spray and water. Wipe off the leaves after applying solution.
Avoid over-watering especially when the pot does not have drainage holes. Wilting of leaves along with leaf loss indicates that plant is overwatered.
Styling and décor tips:
In summer, keep the plant in a spot close to an east- or west-facing window and in winter, a south-facing window corner is best suited.