Kalanchoe is a genus of about 125 species of tropical, succulent flowering plants endemic to Madagascar and tropical Africa. The deep green, scalloped leaves of the kalanchoe are just as attractive as the flowers. The sculpted foliage persists after bloom and provides for a beautiful plant.
Kalanchoe plants are special because of the long-lasting flower heads that bloom even in the coldest months of winter. Little maintenance is necessary for kalanchoe care and the succulent has few disease or pest problems, especially when grown indoors.
CAREGUIDE FOR KALANCHOE
Lighting is pretty important for Kalanchoe plants. They do need bright light and can tolerate direct sun most of them time. However, during summer, too intense direct sunlight could cause sunburn to them.
Water thoroughly only when the soil is dry to the touch (about every 2 weeks). Never let your succulents sit in water and do NOT water on the leaves. Don't forget to learn how to water your succulents the right way.
You can water more often if you live in areas with hot weather because your soil will dry out faster. Reduce watering in winter because the succulent can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for an extended amount of time.
Same like other types of succulents, we recommend to use a cactus mix or very fast-draining potting soil. For garden plantings, the ideal soil is sandy and well-drained soils.
Indoor kalanchoe plants like warm temperatures between 60°-85°F (15.6°-18.3°C). Low temperatures below 40°F (4.4°C) can damage or kill a kalanchoe. Keep kalanchoes away from cold drafts and open windows during the winter.
Kalanches are poisonous plants. They belong to a group of plants that contain naturally-occurring poisons that affect the heart. So be careful!!