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About Florist Kalanchoe
Florist Kalanchoe is an excellent choice for plant parents looking for the delight of colorful blossoms paired with the ease of a succulent. Though their leaves may resemble those of other tropical plants, Kalanchoe is native to dry regions of sunny Madagascar. 🏜
Also known as
Flaming Katy, Christmas Kalanchoe and Madagascar Widow's-thrill
How to care for Florist Kalanchoe
How often to water your Florist Kalanchoe
Florist Kalanchoe needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Francisco, California.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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San Francisco, California
Finding light for Florist Kalanchoe in your home
Florist Kalanchoe love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Francisco, California ⛅.
Florist Kalanchoe does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Florist Kalanchoe
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Florist Kalanchoe after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Florist Kalanchoe is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Florist Kalanchoe thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Florist Kalanchoe requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Florist Kalanchoe is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Florist Kalanchoe prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
Florist Kalanchoe is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!
Florist Kalanchoe should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for Florist Kalanchoe to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Florist Kalanchoe is native to Madagascar and Tropical Africa.
Florist Kalanchoe produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
Florist Kalanchoe grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Florist Kalanchoe can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Florist Kalanchoe can be propagated by division into new individual plants.
- Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
- If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
- Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
- Repot the parent plant back into its original pot
Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Florist Kalanchoe. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.
Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Florist Kalanchoe
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in San Francisco, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
I haven’t had a lot of luck with my Kalanchoe. It nearly died on me last year just months after getting it, I’m starting to think it was poor conditions at the place I got it from but since repotting, it seems to be getting healthier now but haven’t had any flowers since :( fingers crossed we get them soon!