Succulent Plant is a Kalanchoe

Hi Judy,

This plant has been around for almost 15 years, and a resident in my condo has been plucking pieces off, replanting and giving away to others. There must be 7 or 8 of this plant know around the Wilmington area. The one I have is not even a year old (I think).

The thing is, we have absolutley no idea what it is!

It has opposite leaf growth (2 leaves sprout from a node and face east/west, then the next node’s leafs sprout north/south and so on alternating up the stem), uses diffused light (i.e. not direct sunlight), can go for over a week without more water, and the leaves are waxy.

Hope that, aloing with the picture helps!

Hi Eddie,

I think your plant is in the Kalanchoe Family. Kalanchoes are succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant."s that require little water, indirect bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., and certain varieties bloom when not over watered or kept in lower light. You can read all about Kalanchoes in the Popular Houseplant Section of the website.