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Keep the colorful blooms of your kalanchoe plant blooming with these care tips

Whether you’ve just purchased a kalanchoe plant or you’re thinking about it, you might have a few questions regarding its care. Here, we’ll go over some of the most common questions asked about caring for a flowering kalanchoe plant. 

What is the kalanchoe plant?

The kalanchoe plant, also known as Flaming Katy, is a low-maintenance, beginner-friendly blooming succulent native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. These plants have large glossy medium green leaves and blooms that come in yellow, pink, magenta, orange, white, and red. You can easily find them in grocery stores, plant nurseries, flower shops, and retail stores that have nurseries.

Close-up of kalanchoe plant flowers

Do kalanchoe plants do well indoors?

Kalanchoes are mainly indoor plants grown in pots and they do really well in these conditions. So well, that they even flower when provided with the right amount of light, water, and fertilizer. 

How often do you water a flowering kalanchoe plant?

Since these are succulents, kalanchoe plants don’t want to have constantly moist soil. However, when flowering, kalanchoe plants need more water than usual to ensure they have enough resources to keep the blooms healthy. To find this balance, provide your plant with well-draining soil and invest in a moisture meter so you’re able to measure the amount of moisture in the soil more accurately. These two things will aid you in avoiding over and underwatering disasters. 

Additionally, the leaves of these plants are more sensitive to rot or blemishes if the water sits on them too long. So when watering your plant, do your best to avoid getting water on the leaves. Another option is to use a method called bottom watering. This is when you use a bucket or bowl of water and place the potted plant in it. The plant will then suck up all the water it needs, and you altogether avoid the risk of getting water on the leaves. Be sure to allow the plant to completely stop dripping before putting it back on its tray to prevent water from sitting there and causing root rot

Do I need to feed a blooming kalanchoe plant?

No, when the kalanchoe plant is not flowering, you shouldn’t feed it. The best time to feed a kalanchoe plant is in the spring when it’s not flowering. Use a liquid organic fertilizer about once a month during that time for the best results.

These are not heavy feeding plants and will do well even if not on a regular feeding schedule. However, if you’re looking for optimal blooming, you’ll want to stay on top of a consistent feeding schedule to ensure the plant has enough resources to produce beautiful and long-lasting flowers.

Should I deadhead the blooms on a kalanchoe?

Yes! Not all plants do well with deadheading, but the kalanchoe plant will be encouraged to produce more lovely flowers if you deadhead the blooms as they begin to wither away. Doing this allows the plant to concentrate its energy on making more healthy flowers rather than wasting it on flowers that are already dying. This would occur naturally with animals, insects, and weather in its natural habitat. However, you have to do it yourself when indoors or under your protection and care. 

Bright yellow kalanchoe plant flowers

Do kalanchoes need direct sunlight?

No, they don’t need direct sunlight to be thriving and happy plants. However, if you have a window that gets bright morning sun and then more shade during the brutal afternoon sun, that would be the perfect setup for a kalanchoe plant. Too much direct sunlight will result in burnt leaves and flowers and might even kill the plant. So especially when the plant is in bloom, it’s best to keep it out of direct sunlight for long periods and be extra careful of the harsh afternoon sun. 

How do I encourage a kalanchoe to bloom again?

You’ll need to convince the plant that it’s going through a winter season to do this. This means exposing it to less light and “shorter” days. Over about a month-long period, water the plant less or maybe even stop watering thoroughly, and move it to a location where it won’t get as much sun.

The plant should only get about 8 to 9 hours of sunlight a day. After a few weeks of lower and less light, you can put it in a closet in complete darkness. After about a month, you should start seeing flower buds, and when you do, it’s time to put it back in its bright light location and start providing it with water.

The kalanchoe plant flowers are a lovely addition to the home, and it’s essential to give them the proper care to ensure they last as long as possible. So use these tips to keep your plant happy and healthy and enjoy the blooms!

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