Making the most of Kalanchoes

by Charlotte.Barnes on September 8, 2010

Not a plant often found at the top of most people’s wish list, the Kalanchoe is in fact so commonplace that it’s easy to forget what a great little trouper it is. Almost indestructible, it will flower tirelessly for weeks, needs little care and is at home almost anywhere.

This doesn’t mean it should be looked down on or ignored – it deserves a place of its own, particularly at times of the year when other flowering house plants are a little thin on the ground.

Did you know?

  • Kalanchoes are number two in the Dutch top 10 best sellers list.
  • There are more than 200 species
  • They are poisonous to cats

Kalanchoe care

They need minimum maintenance – water about once a week in the summer, but they will put up with less. Let the surface dry out between watering and keep them almost dry in the winter.

They are quite happy outside in the summer, but are not frost hardy. When they are inside, they like a bright and sunny position. There’s no need to spray them, but feed about once a fortnight in the summer.

The succulent leaves are attractive on their own. So when the plant finishes flowering cut the dead heads off and give a gentle spray of leaf shine. It’ll be like a whole new plant.

How to use them

Give your kitchen a makeover with this vibrant orange casserole dish filled with equally bright flowers, a great gift for a new home.

In tune with the seasons, these white Kalanchoes have been planted into a simple ceramic bowl elegantly draped with a branch of autumnal beech leaves.

For something a little more subtle, try bright pink Kalanchoes in stonewashed pots. They make ideal decorations for early autumn barbecues.

Clean cut, delicate pink shades look elegant in a plain white rectangular container.

Who says that Kalanchoes are old fashioned? Fiery red plants in a sleek pot that would not look out of place in any modern office.

Transfer a tray of mini Kalanchoes into a metal container to add a little designer touch.

Visit your local florist to find the Kalanchoe perfect for your home.


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Post category: Care Tips, Knowledge  

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Flower Delivery in Toronto 16 Sep 2010 at 6:40 pm

All of the kalanchoes are members of the Crassulaceae family. This means they are relatives of the jade plant.

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