Last Updated on January 11, 2022 by Real Men Sow
Kalanchoes, succulent plants, are often grown for their small, colorful flowers. Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is the most well-known, also known for flaming Katy and widow’s delight. These house plants are well-known for their brightly colored flowers, which come in a variety of colors, including yellow, magenta and orange.
The plant thrives in dry areas and doesn’t require much water. They require very little maintenance and can flower for up to eight weeks. They are available in florists, garden centers, and supermarkets. Many people give them as gifts. Many people throw them away after they have flowered. With a little effort, they can be encouraged to bloom again. So are you ready to grow this flower yourself?
How to Grow Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana can be kept in a low-maintenance area and are easy to maintain. They need to be in a sunny, bright spot. Don’t water them too often – wait until their top few centimeters are dry. Deadhead the fading blooms. Once you planted these easy flowers, you can try some easy growing vegetables too.
Where to Grow Kalanchoe
Kalanchoes love a bright and sunny spot. It’s best to keep them in an east or west-facing window in summer and south-facing in winter.
Planting Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana in Pots
Even if your kalanchoe has finished flowering, it will still be in the same pot. Plant your kalanchoe in a slightly larger pot than the original one, with drainage holes, if you wish to keep it for longer or grow a different variety. You can also add fresh, peat-free multipurpose compost, house plants or cactus soil. To make the compost more drainable, you could add vermiculite or perlite to it. Make sure to water the compost well and drain any excess water.
How Do You Care For a Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana?
Kalanchoes require little maintenance and are easy to maintain. It is important to not overwater them. Water only when the compost is dry to the top, and in winter water sparingly. Make sure water drains away. In spring and summer, you can feed your plants once per month. Take out any flowers that are no longer in season.
Propagating Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana
You can easily propagate Kalanchoes by cutting stems or leaves. Let the cuttings dry for a few days, then water in and plant them into a small pot with cactus compost or houseplant compost.
Making Kalanchoe Flower Again
Although it is possible to make a kalanchoe flower again, it requires some effort. Kalanchoes have a short day life span, so they require a rest period of long days and nights to grow buds. They naturally flower in February. This natural tendency can be controlled by giving your plants only 8 to 9 hours of sunlight per day for at least one month. You can place them in a cupboard, or other windowless space and water only sparingly. You should start watering and feeding your flowers as usual two months later.