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,

Your plant is a succulent plant called a kalanchoe.

Pink flowered kalanchoe plant
Kalanchoe Plant

Kalanchoe plants are easy-care, flowering succulents that grow extremely well indoors. These plants are a relative  of the jade plant. A kalanchoe plant flowers when the nights are long and the days are short. Here are some care instructions that will help your plant grow well and flower for many years to come.

Light requirements for a Kalanchoe plant: A kalanchoe plant definitely needs bright indirect light. These plants even enjoy direct sun in the fall, winter, and spring when the sun is not too strong. Avoid placing  avalanche in the direct sun during the summer or the leaves may get ugly brown marks.

How to water a Kalanchoe: A kalanchoe plant, like all succulent plants, has plump leaves that store water for long periods of time. These plants are easily over- watered which causes root rot. Allow the top 50% of the soil  to dry out before watering.

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