Plant Care Desert Surprise Kolanchoe

Desert Surprise Kolanchoe

About Desert Surprise Kolanchoe

Plants in the Kalanchoe genus are native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. They range from rubbery green leaves, to leopard print, and some are even fuzzy! The word Kalanchoe comes from the Cantonese name for these plants, pronounced Ka-lun-koh-ee in English. Their succulent leaves help store water during droughts, so they'll be just fine if you skip a watering or two (it happens!).


Kalanchoe humilis 'Desert Surprise'

How to care for Desert Surprise Kolanchoe


How often to water your Desert Surprise Kolanchoe

Water needs for Desert Surprise Kolanchoe
0.5 cups
every 12

Desert Surprise Kolanchoe needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Desert Surprise Kolanchoe

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Desert Surprise Kolanchoe in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Surprise Kolanchoe: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Desert Surprise Kolanchoe love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Desert Surprise Kolanchoe does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Desert Surprise Kolanchoe in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Desert Surprise Kolanchoe

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Desert Surprise Kolanchoe: repot after 2X growth

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 Desert Surprise Kolanchoe after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Desert Surprise Kolanchoe

Desert Surprise Kolanchoe

Desert Surprise Kolanchoe

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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