Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Poelln.
Flaming Katy, Christmas Kalanchoe, Florist Kalanchoe, Madagascar Widow's Thrill
Kalanchoe globulifera var. coccinea
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a bushy succulent that grows up to 1.5 feet (45 cm) tall and up to 1.6 feet (50 cm) wide. Leaves are fleshy, dark green, ovate, and scallop-edged. Flowers are small and arranged in dense clusters. The classic Kalanchoe blossfeldiana's flowers consist of four petals that form a tubular-shape flower and can be red, purple, pink, orange, yellow, and white.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Kalanchoe care is minimal but be cautious about light levels. Intense southern light can burn the tips of the leaves. Place pots in partial sun to light shade areas when growing Kalanchoe plants.
The flowering varieties are highly rewarding for their colorful and long-lasting flowers. They prefer bright, sunny locations, especially in the summer growing season. During the winter, consider a south-facing window. Water moderately throughout the summer and reduce watering in the winter. Let the soil surface dry out between waterings, and in the winter, the plant can almost dry out. Watch the fleshy leaves for signs of water distress. They prefer warmth. Do not let fall below 55ºF (12.7ºC). An ordinary potting soil mix is fine. Feed bi-weekly in the summer with a liquid fertilizer, or use slow-release pellets.
These small plants require repotting every few years. When re-potting, take additional care in handling as the leaves are somewhat brittle and can snap easily. Clay pots work exceptionally well for planting Kalanchoes. Ensure pots can drain well, and saucers can empty easily. See more at How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe.
Native to Madagascar.
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