The Kalanchoe Plant

The Kalanchoe Plant

Last updated on December 26th, 2023 at 10:02 am

The Kalanchoe Plant (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) is an easy-to-grow indoor houseplant.  It can also be used outdoors during the spring and fall seasons.  They come in numerous colors, red, white, pink, and orange variety.

The Kalanchoe Plant

This plant does have thick leaves and is considered a succulent.  It is a low-maintenance plant, but it does require good well-drained composted soil.  It loves to be in a container and is disease and insect-tolerant.  It is a good plant for those just starting with home plants.

Can the Kalanchoe plant tolerate freezing temperatures?

It does not like temperatures below 32° Fahrenheit.  Water about once per week for good growth but best if placed in a shady area during the mid-summer heat.  Do not plant outdoors where temperatures exceed 100° in summer or below 32° during the winter months.

It likes lots of bright indirect sunlight…don’t be afraid to place it on the dinner table for decoration.

Does Kalanchoe Plant have pest problems?

Mealybugs do attack this plant but if you treat it at the first sign of infestation it will thrive and grow.  Use a systemic insecticide to remove mealybugs.  Or go organic and spray with neem oil.  Also, what I do is turn the plant upside down by holding the root system, then using a good water spray bottle spray the plant until most of the mealybugs fall.  Be sure to place a plastic bag on the ground to catch these bugs.

After this is done spray once more with neem oil just to make sure the mealybugs are gone.  Furthermore, you can use insecticidal soaps instead of neem oil.  Find out how to use insecticidal soaps. here.

What about fertilizer?

I would fertilize about 2-3 times per year usually during the growing season, spring, summer, and fall.  I recommend diluting your fertilizer to about 1/2 the ratio of the recommended dosage.  Do not fertilize during the winter seasons.

The Kalanchoe Plant
This Kalanchoe plant is sitting outdoors at the table. Image by MelbaRed from Pixabay

Nice looking pink Kalanchoe sitting on top of an outdoor table.

There are lots of types of succulent plants to use for your indoor home decor.  Here is a page where you can find “Types of Succulent Pictures“.

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