☘ Origin: China, southern and southeast Africa, particularly in Madagascar
☘ Family: Crassulaceae
☘ Botanical Name: Kalanchoe
Symbolism: Kalanchoe plants symbolize endurance and lasting affection because of their long-lasting period of blooming. It can also symbolize wealth and prosperity.
Indoor Kalanchoe can grow well in direct sunlight to bright indirect sunlight, such as from a south-facing or west-facing window. During the hot season, your Kalanchoe will benefit from the afternoon shade to protect it from sunburn during the hottest part of the day. With enough sun, the leaves will develop attractive red edges.
Give your plant a turn every few days to expose all sides to light for even growth from all sides.
Kalanchoe stores moisture in its thick, succulent leaves, so it's quite drought-tolerant. Wait until the soil has dried out completely, then water the plant deeply and allow the pot to drain fully. Check drip trays and saucers to make sure the plant isn't sitting in water, which can cause root rot. Water the plant less often in winter.
To give your plant the absolute best, room-temperature rainwater and bottled spring water are your best options. Any water containing sugar or salt will hurt your plant!
Kalanchoe prefers low-humidity conditions. Overly humid conditions can contribute to fungal infections.
Because it's native to a hot climate, Kalanchoe prefers warm temperatures, and is not a cold hardy plant. It will do best - and most likely bloom - at temperatures (20-30°C).
Feed with a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength once per month starting in late winter or early spring. Continue through summer. You don't need to feed your Kalanchoe during fall and winter.
Kalanchoe plants can be harmful when ingested or eaten by humans or pets. In fact, all parts of a Kalanchoe are toxic.
➕ Additional Tips
Avoid treating Kalanchoe with oils, as they can damage the plant's protective powdery coating.
Kalanchoe can take several years to mature, and it's rare that indoor plants get enough light to bloom. The central rosette will grow tall and send up a flower spike that can reach up to (182cm) in height.
⛔ HIGH RISK
● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).
Above all, make sure you’re ready for plant parenthood.
💡 These essential care instructions are just guidelines; watering frequency, care routine will vary depending on location, light, temperature, humidity and air circulation in a space -- and most of all on your care.
💡 Your plant relies on you to give it healthy living conditions and deserves plenty of TLC. In fact, the mere act of paying attention to it on daily basis -- or "listening | talking" to it, if you will -- is one of the most important things you can do as a plant parent.
💡 If you see any signs of distress, you may need to act immediately to save your plant.
💡 On top of useful plant care advice, is expanding your knowledge and self-study in regard to your specific plants types. Further reading is a great resource for learning all about your plants, and the proper care that each of them needs along with any signs of distress or diseases. You can learn which are the best spots for your plants in your home, how to grow different plants, how to water your plants correctly, how to treat immediately and more.
💡 At the end of the day, you’re the plant’s guardian and your plant cannot survive without your love and care.