How to care for flowering house plants with waxy leaves? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sandralaird1
November 29, 2008
I recently purchased a red flowering house plant that starts with a K and I am not sure of the rest of the spelling but I believe it is Kalanchoe. Does it need sun or shade and what does it need for water?

Answer from NGA
November 29, 2008


Kalanchoe should flower spring through summer, if they get the correct cultural conditions. Try these suggestions: They like average household temperatures (minimum 50F degrees in the winter). Keep it in a west-facing window from spring through autumn, then move it to a south-facing window in the winter. Water thoroughly but let the surface of the soil dry between waterings. When in bloom, mist the plants regularly. Prune back the flower stalks after flowers fade. Kalanchoe will go through a rest period after they've flowered, so don't expect flowers all year around. Just be patient and the plant will resume flowering in the spring time.

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