How Do You Care for Kalanchoe Plants?


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When caring for kalanchoe plants, make sure that they are in partial sun to light shade areas, as strong light can burn their leaves. The best soil for kalanchoe is a mixture that consists of 60 percent peat moss and 40 percent perlite. Water the plant a lot, but allow the soil to dry completely in between waterings. Be careful not to get any water on the leaves. Use houseplant food to fertilize the plant once a month.

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A kalanchoe plant requires special care if you want it to bloom again in the same year because you have to make the plant think that it has gone through the winter. Place the plant into a closet or a room with very little light, and bring it out only for a few hours in the morning. Continue doing this for six weeks.

This doesn't apply to the period of time from October to early March, as the light day is short enough in these months. Store the plant at 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 60 degrees F during the day to make sure that it forms the flower buds. After the plant has begun to form buds, continue caring for it the same as you would care for a flowering plant.

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