Kalanchoes are known for their waxy, thick, dark green leaves. They have orange, yellow, pink or red flowers and need medium light and cool conditions to grow well. A potting mix that drains well, thorough waterings and time for the potting mix to dry out between watering also are important.
Fertilize kalanchoes every few months with a half-strength solution of an all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer. Kalanchoes are widely available in Colorado and make nice flowering plants for the homes that provide color during the winter months. Kalanchoes on a deck during the summer are an attractive part of a patio container display; however, they are challenging to get to re-bloom and should be treated as an expendable plant.
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Updated Friday, April 19, 2013