๐Ÿ› What Are The Bugs on My Florist Kalanchoe?

By Kiersten Rankel

Dec 16, 20235 min read

  1. Spider mites, scale insects, and mealybugs: Neem oil and alcohol help.
  2. Fungus gnats and aphids: Manage soil moisture and use sticky traps.
  3. Prevent pests: Inspect plants, quarantine new ones, and maintain proper care.

Common Pests Affecting Florist Kalanchoe

๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ Spider Mites

Tiny but mighty, spider mites wreak havoc on Florist Kalanchoe, leaving behind webbing and stippled leaves. These minuscule critters thrive in dry conditions, so increasing humidity can be a game-changer. For those already under siege, a neem oil or insecticidal soap spa day for your plants can help evict these unwelcome guests.

๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Scale Insects

Scale insects are like the squatters of the plant world, setting up camp as small, waxy bumps on your Florist Kalanchoe. They're stubborn, but not invincible. A good scrape with a soft toothbrush or a cotton swab dipped in alcohol can send them packing. For a more holistic approach, horticultural oils are your go-to.

๐ŸฆŸ Fungus Gnats / Fruit Flies

Fungus gnats and fruit flies are the dive-bombers of the insect world, targeting the soil of your Florist Kalanchoe. Spot their shenanigans by the adult flies or their larvae lurking in the soil. Cut off their party supply by managing soil moisture, lay down some sticky traps, or go full mad scientist with a hydrogen peroxide soil drench.

๐Ÿ› Mealybugs

Mealybugs are the fluffy white nightmares giving your Florist Kalanchoe the heebie-jeebies. They cluster in cottony masses, but they're not here for cuddles. Show them the door with a dab of alcohol or a spritz of insecticidal soap. Neem oil also works wonders if you're looking for a more organic eviction notice.

๐Ÿฆ— Aphids

Aphids are the clingy friends of the bug world, crowding around new growth and sucking the life out of your Florist Kalanchoe. A blast from your garden hose or a soapy shower can help clear the air. Neem oil is also a trusty sidekick in this battle.

๐Ÿœ Thrips

Thrips are the stealth artists, leaving behind silvery speckles and twisted foliage as their signature. These tiny terrors are tough to spot but not impossible to stop. Insecticidal soap and neem oil are your allies here, and if you're feeling extra, unleash some ladybugs for a natural hit job.

Preventative Measures

In the battle against pests, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially with Florist Kalanchoe. Here's how to keep your green buddies safe without turning into a full-time plant bodyguard.

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ Regular Inspection

Check your plants like you're looking for Waldo. Spotting trouble early on means less drama later. Peek under leaves, scrutinize new growth, and don't let your guard down just because everything seems peachy.

๐Ÿšง Quarantine New Plants

New plants can be Trojan horses for pests. Keep them isolated for at least two weeksโ€”think of it as a plant version of a secret service background check.

๐Ÿ’ฆ Humidity and Watering

Kalanchoe is no Goldilocks, but it still doesn't like too much or too little humidity. Aim for that sweet spot and water judiciously to avoid soggy soilโ€”a pest's paradise.

๐Ÿงน Cleanliness is Key

Keep things tidy. Clean pots and fresh soil are the equivalent of a good handwash for plants. And dead leaves? They're not just untidy; they're an all-you-can-eat buffet for bugs.

๐ŸŒž Light and Stability

Plants love stability, and so do their immune systems. Ensure your Kalanchoe gets the right amount of sunshine and isn't subjected to the whims of your thermostat.

๐ŸŒฑ Nutrients and Soil

Feed your plants, but don't overdo itโ€”think nutritious meals, not an all-you-can-eat buffet. And the soil? Well-draining is the way to go. Pests hate a dry dance floor.

๐Ÿ’จ Air Circulation

Stale air is a no-go. A gentle breeze from a fan can keep the air moving and pests thinking twice before settling down.

โ˜ ๏ธ Pesticide Use

If you must go down the pesticide route, think of neem oil as your plant's personal bodyguardโ€”it's natural, non-toxic, and pests hate it like paparazzi.

Remember, the goal is to create a fortress of solitude for your Florist Kalanchoe, where pests are about as welcome as a skunk at a garden party.

General Care Practices for Pest Prevention and Management

Watering Wisely: Overzealous watering is like throwing a house party for pests. Keep it chill with the H2O to avoid uninvited guests like fungus gnats. Let the soil's top layer dry out before giving your Florist Kalanchoe another drink.

๐ŸŒฑ Soil Savvy

Choose the right mix; your Kalanchoe craves well-draining soil that's about as hospitable to pests as a freezer is to suntan lotion. Avoid the dense, moisture-retaining stuff that pests love to burrow into for a cozy home.

๐ŸŒž Light and Temperature

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, literally. Place your plant where it gets its light fix without getting sunburnt. Maintain a Goldilocks temperatureโ€”not too hot, not too coldโ€”to keep your Kalanchoe stress-free and less susceptible to pest drama.

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Feeding Finesse

Feed your Kalanchoe with the enthusiasm of a Michelin-star chefโ€”only the best nutrients during its growing season. A well-fed plant is like a well-trained boxer, ready to fend off pestering opponents with vigor. Stick to a fertilization schedule that makes your plant robust, not just robustly decorated with pests.

Prevent pests proactively on your Florist Kalanchoe with Greg's personalized care plan ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ, which aligns with the article's tips for optimal humidity, soil, and sunlight to keep your plants healthy and pest-free.