Kalanchoe is a member of the stonecrop family and is native to Madagascar. It grows into upright shrubs in its native habitat.
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, June 19, 2015