Light Requirements For Your Florist Kalanchoe

By Kiersten Rankel

Dec 19, 20234 min read

  1. 5-6 hours of morning sun optimal for Florist Kalanchoe.
  2. Shade at noon to prevent leaf sunburn.
  3. Grow lights enhance flowering and compensate for low light.

Optimal Light Conditions for Outdoor Growth

🌞 Identifying the Best Outdoor Exposure

Florist Kalanchoe thrives in that sweet spot between direct and indirect sunlight. Aim for 5-6 hours of direct sun, especially during the morning. As the seasons change, so does the sun's intensity, so keep an eye out for the shifting patterns to ensure your plant gets the right amount of light without getting a tan.

🏖 Protecting from Excessive Sun

Come high noon, the sun's rays can be relentless. Shade cloth or a strategically placed umbrella can prevent your Kalanchoe from sunburn. It's like applying sunscreen to your plant, except with less mess. Remember, too much sun is like a bad breakup; it leaves scars—in this case, brown spots on your plant's leaves.

Meeting Indoor Light Requirements

🌅 Placement for Adequate Light Exposure

Finding the right spot for your Florist Kalanchoe indoors is like choosing the best seat in a movie theater. You want the full experience without any glare. East or west-facing windows are your ticket to vibrant growth, offering that sweet spot of bright, indirect light. Remember, distance is a light-sucker; keep your plant within a 3-foot radius of the window to bask in optimal lumens.

💡 The Importance of Light Intensity and Duration

Light intensity isn't just about brightness; it's about endurance too. Too little light, and your Kalanchoe might as well be in the witness protection program—undercover and not growing. Aim for a consistent light schedule, mimicking the plant's natural habitat. No need to clock watch, though—your plant will tell you if it's getting too much or too little light by its leaf color and posture.

🌸 Enhancing Flowering with Proper Light

Florist Kalanchoe's blooms are like fireworks—they need the right conditions to explode in color. Light affects bloom cycles more than a pep talk from a life coach. To encourage flowering, adjust the light to mimic the plant's natural triggers. Think of it as setting the mood—too much light, and you'll get leaves; too little, and you'll get squat.

🌟 Adjusting Indoor Light to Encourage Flowering

If your Kalanchoe's not blooming, it might be time to play matchmaker with light. Consider a grow light for a boost during those gloomy months or to extend daylight hours. Just don't overdo it; like a good night's sleep, plants need their rest too. Keep an eye on the light duration—too long and you'll stress them out, too short and they might swipe left on flowering.

Utilizing Grow Lights for Indoor Cultivation

💡 When to Consider Grow Lights

Natural light can be a fickle friend—sometimes there's just not enough of it. Your Florist Kalanchoe might be giving you the cold shoulder, stretching out for more sun or refusing to bloom. That's your cue to bring in the big guns: grow lights. They're perfect for those gloomy corners or the sun-deprived winter months, ensuring your plant doesn't miss a beat in its growth cycle.

💡 Choosing the Right Grow Light

💡 Types of Grow Lights

LEDs are the rock stars of grow lights for Florist Kalanchoe. They're energy-efficient, long-lasting, and gentle on your electric bill. Fluorescent tubes? They're the old-school cool, still kicking it with seedlings and young plants. Incandescent bulbs are the divas—too hot to handle close up, they might give your Kalanchoe an unwanted tan.

💡 Grow Light Setup

Imagine you're the sun god for your Kalanchoe. You decide when the sun rises and sets with the flick of a switch. Place your grow light about 12-24 inches above your plant—close enough to cuddle but not to scorch. Use a timer to mimic the natural day cycle, keeping it lit for about 13-16 hours a day. It's like throwing a daily sun party for your plant, and you're the DJ spinning those light tracks.

Keep your Florist Kalanchoe thriving with just the right light 🌞 by letting Greg remind you when to give it sun or shade for that perfect bloom.