How to Grow, Care for, and Identify a Kalanchoe Plant

Hi Judy, bought this plant at Walmart,it was just a stump and almost dead. After 1.5 years of growing it, it has turned into this magnificent plant…but I have no idea what kind of plant it is. Would you know what its name is?Thanks… Phil

Hi Phil,


From the picture, your plant looks like a type of Kalanchoe.

Kalanchoe Plants are easy -care, flowering succulents that do extremely well indoors. They are a relative of the jade Plant. Here are some care instructions for a Kalanchoe Plant. You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

Light: A Kalanchoe plant needs bright indirect light. Kalanchoes even enjoy direct sun in the fall, winter, and spring. Direct sun in the summer burns the leaves.

Water: Kalanchoe plants are succulents with plump leaves that store water for long periods of time; they  are easily over- watered which causes root rot. Allow the top 50% of the soil  to dry out before watering.

Plant Food:  Feed monthly with a plant food high in nitrogen diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Feed only when it is actively growing.

Temperature: Kalanchoes like warm temperatures between 60°-85°F (15.6°-29.4°C). Temperatures below  40°F (4.4°C)  will kill a kalanchoe plant within a few hours.