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-shaped 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 sunlight can burn the tips of the leaves. Place pots in partial sun to light shade areas when growing Kalanchoes.
The flowering varieties are highly rewarding for their colorful and long-lasting flowers. They prefer bright, sunny locations, especially in the growing season. Water moderately from fall to winter when the growth is most active. Reduce watering during the hottest summer months when the plants are mostly dormant and winter when the growth slows down significantly. Let the soil surface dry out between waterings. Watch the fleshy leaves for signs of water distress. An ordinary potting soil mix is fine. Feed bi-weekly during the growing season with a liquid fertilizer, or use slow-release pellets.
These small plants require repotting every few years. When repotting, 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe.
Native to Madagascar.
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