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Calandiva plants, also known as Kalanchoe blossfeldiana 'Calandiva', are a cultivated variety of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, which is a flowering succulent plant. Calandiva is a selected variety developed through breeding and cultivation. Calandiva plants are known for their abundant, vibrant, and long-lasting blooms, making them a popular choice for indoor and outdoor gardens.
Calandiva plant species differ in flower color, with popular tones including Yellow, Orange, White, Red, Purple and Pink.
Calandiva plants prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially during morning hours, but intense sunlight can scorch the leaves. Place the plant near a window with filtered light or in a location with bright, indirect light.
Water Calandiva plants thoroughly when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Allow the excess water to drain away completely, as standing water can lead to root rot. Avoid overwatering, but don't let the plant dry out completely. Adjust the watering frequency based on the temperature and humidity of your environment.
Use a well-draining potting mix suitable for succulent plants. The soil should allow water to pass through easily and prevent waterlogged conditions. Do not use rich soil that retains water for an extended time.
Feed Calandiva plants with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer formulated for flowering houseplants. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging, usually applying it every 2-4 weeks during the growing season. Avoid excessive fertilization, as it can lead to leggy growth.
Calandiva plants prefer average room temperatures between 60-75°F They are sensitive to cold temperatures, so avoid exposing them to drafts or extreme temperature fluctuations.
These plants are adaptable to a range of humidity levels and can tolerate average indoor humidity conditions. They do not have specific humidity requirements and can thrive in typical household humidity levels, which generally range from 40% to 60%. While Calandiva plants can tolerate lower humidity levels commonly found indoors, they can benefit from slightly higher humidity (above 50%) if you are able to provide it. Don’t forget to maintain good airflow and make sure your room has good air ventilation as humid rooms are breeding grounds for pests, mold and fungal diseases.
To maintain a compact shape and encourage bushier growth, you can pinch back the stems or trim them lightly after the flowering period. This promotes branching and helps the plant maintain its form. You can also remove wilting flowers to reroute energy to new growth.
Calandiva plants can be propagated through stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. For stem cuttings, take a healthy stem, let it callous over, and plant it in well-draining soil. Keep it warm and lightly watered until roots develop. Leaf cuttings involve taking a healthy leaf, letting it callous, and placing it on soil. Keep the soil lightly moist and provide bright, indirect light until new plants emerge.
Calandiva plants are known for their abundant blooms, which typically occur in late winter to spring. After the flowering period, the plant may enter a period of dormancy or produce fewer flowers. During this time, reduce watering and provide the plant with a cool resting period around 50-60°F (10-15°C) for about six weeks. Resume regular care once new growth appears.
To make Calandiva plants bloom: