Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is one of the prettiest, most popular flowering succulents. Although this particular kalanchoe plant has its origins in Madagascar, the unusual genus name is Chinese and has many different pronunciations.
- Lossfeldiana is the most common kalanchoe plant, but there are many species that have similar growing requirements.
- The original Kalanchoe blossfeldiana plant was tall and lanky, with blooms in orange and red. Over the years, though, the plant has been developed into a compact, flowering succulent available in a wide variety of colours including yellow, orange, pinks, purples and whites.
- Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, and other kalanchoes, are growing in popularity as they offer cheery, bright indoor flowers that are easy to grow and are available all year round. The blooms of these flowering succulents are long lasting and the foliage is unusually attractive, making potted kalanchoes a popular gift.
Caring for your kalanchoe plant
- Kalanchoes love light. Make the most out of these flowering succulents by positioning them close to windows with bright, indirect light.
- Do not overwater. Ensure pots have drainage holes and allow the soil to dry between waterings. Water 2 to 3 times a week, as temperatures dictate.
- To prolong and promote blooming, foliar feed every two weeks.
- Deadhead spent flowers regularly.