Kalanchoe is a genus of about 125 species of tropical, succulent flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae, mainly native to Madagascar and tropical Africa.
- Kalanchoe was one of the first plants to be sent into space, sent on a resupply to the Soviet Salyut 1 space station in 1971.
- A cousin to the Jade plant, flowering Kalanchoe are pretty low-maintenance plants, thriving in the low humidity of winter households.
- Kalanchoes need lots of light, preferably a south-facing window in winter and bright indirect light (or east/west window) in summer.
- If your Kalanchoe plant is looking leggy and thin, it probably isn’t getting enough light.
- Over-watering is the main killer of kalanchoes! Allow your kalanchoe to get dry between waterings.
- Then water thoroughly until it runs out the bottom, and immediately empty the drainage tray.
- Never leave the plant sitting in water.
- After giving the plant a thorough watering remove excess water from the tray under the container to prevent causing root rot.
- Kalanchoe plants do best in a well-draining potting mix designed for cacti and succulents or stir in plenty of perlite or sand to improve drainage.
- While your kalanchoe is blooming, feed it every few weeks with a balanced organic fertilizer.
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