Plant Care Kalanchoe Pinnata

Kalanchoe Pinnata

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Kalanchoe Pinnata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Kalanchoe Pinnata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Kalanchoe Pinnata

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!).

Taxonomy

Kalanchoe pinnata
Kalanchoe
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

Cathedral Bells, Cathedral Bells, Life Plant, Miracle Leaf, Good Luck Leaf, Siempre Viva / Leaf of life, Kalanchoe pinnatum and Bryophyllum Pinnatum

How to care for Kalanchoe Pinnata

💦 Water

How often to water your Kalanchoe Pinnata

Water needs for Kalanchoe Pinnata
0.5 cups
every 12

Kalanchoe Pinnata 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 Kalanchoe Pinnata

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cathedral Bells in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Kalanchoe Pinnata: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Kalanchoe Pinnata love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Kalanchoe Pinnata does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Kalanchoe Pinnata in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Kalanchoe Pinnata

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Kalanchoe Pinnata: 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 Kalanchoe Pinnata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Kalanchoe Pinnata 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.

Cathedral Bells Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Kalanchoe Pinnata 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 🏡.

Cathedral Bells Light Requirements →

Cathedral Bells Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Cathedral Bells Toxicity to Cats →

Cathedral Bells Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Kalanchoe Pinnata 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.

Cathedral Bells Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Kalanchoe Pinnata 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Cathedral Bells →


💩 Fertilizer

Kalanchoe Pinnata 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Cathedral Bells →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Kalanchoe Pinnata to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Kalanchoe Pinnata is native to Madagascar and Tropical Africa.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Kalanchoe Pinnata

Kalanchoe Pinnata

Kalanchoe Pinnata


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Kalanchoe Pinnata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Kalanchoe Pinnata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Kalanchoe Pinnata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Kalanchoe Pinnata has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Kalanchoe Pinnata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
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This is a surprisingly lovely plant

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