Plant Care Common Kalanchoe

Common Kalanchoe

About Common Kalanchoe

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 rotundifolia
Kalanchoe
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

Kalanchoe decumbens, Kalanchoe guillaumini, Kalanchoe integerrima, Kalanchoe luebbertiana, Kalanchoe rotundifolia peltata, Kalanchoe rotundifolia tripartita, Kalanchoe seilleana, Meristostylus brachycalyx and Verea rotundifolia

How to care for Common Kalanchoe

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Kalanchoe

Water needs for Common Kalanchoe
0.5 cups
every 12

Common Kalanchoe 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 Common Kalanchoe

Water 0.5 cups every
12

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Kalanchoe in your home

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

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

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

Common Kalanchoe does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Kalanchoe

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Common 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.

Common Kalanchoe Water Frequency →

Common Kalanchoe Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Common 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 🏡.

Common Kalanchoe Light Requirements →

Common Kalanchoe 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.


💨 Humidity

Common 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.

Common Kalanchoe Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Common 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!

Best Soil Mix for Common Kalanchoe →

When and How to Successfully Repot Common Kalanchoe →


💩 Fertilizer

Common 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!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Common Kalanchoe 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

Common Kalanchoe 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 Common Kalanchoe

Common Kalanchoe

Common Kalanchoe


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.

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