Kalanchoe blossfeldiana hybrids, Kalanchoe, Christmas Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana hybrids

Kalanchoe, Christmas Kalanchoe
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This small shrub reaches heights of 2-5 feet and thrives best in full sun and moderate water. Kalanchoe attractive foliage makes it popular for container growing and as a houseplnat. It prefers somewhat dry and well-drained soil of moderate fertility. Foliage is evergreen, fleshy and decorated with soft scallops. Flowers are usually visible in spring and, depending of hybrid type, come in a variety of flowers, including yellow, white, pink, orange and red.

For best results, a bright spot near a window with some protection from midday and afternoon sun will provide the best balance between light and warmth. Mist the leaves frequently to encourage adequate moisturizing during the warmer months. Having more blooms requires more sun, so if the flowers start to fade, provide more light.

Kalanchoe is also a great choice for growing in a container and adding some beautiful color to your porch, balcony or terrace. It is also a good choice for a shady spot, in those areas plants may not live through exceptionally cold or rainy winters, or they may die back and become dormant during especially harsh winters.

For colder regions, Kalanchoe plants can be potted and grown indoors, where temperatures stay above frost. Place your Kalanchoe plants in a bright and warm spot, away from cold drafts. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not wet, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out before watering. Use a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during summer, but don't fertilize during the cold winter months. Kalanchoe plants are very tolerant of the coastal environment and can handle the salt air, so feel free to keep your houseplants outside provided they are in a container.

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