The Carter Collective
Kalanchoe is a genus that includes more than 100 species of plants native to Madagascar. Kalanchoe plants are known for their succulent, oval-shaped, often scallop-edged green leaves. Some varieties develop red leaves or leaf edges when grown with sufficient sunlight. The most common houseplant species is Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, which blooms with clusters of tiny, colorful flowers in shades of red, pink, yellow, orange, salmon, and white.
Caring for kalanchoe is easy with a few basic tips and the right conditions. The main growing requirements for kalanchoe are:
- Planting in loose, loamy, sandy, well-drained potting medium like cactus mix or soil used for succulents
- Placing it in a warm indoor location with bright, indirect light; placing it in a full sun outdoor location that has protection from late afternoon sun
- Allowing kalanchoe plants to dry out completely between waterings
- Fertilizing indoor kalanchoes once per month during spring and summer