HousePlant ID: Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Hi Judy,

I need some help identifying this pretty plant. I picked it up for $2 at the supermarket here in China and it seems to be doing OK, but I don’t know how much water to give it. The leaves are pretty thick and fleshy. Thank you so much for any help you can offer!

Hi Nate,



Your plant is a Succulent PlantLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." called a Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi. It likes 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 not much water. There are complete care instructions for Kalanchoes in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.

The picture there is of a different variety but the care instructions are the same. Here is what the flowers of a Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi look like in full bloom.

Purple and orange Kalanchoe flowers

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi