Kalanchoe originated in Madagascar and has been found in Brazil and Asia. It was first brought to Paris in the early 1900's and many varieties of the plant have circulated throughout the world.
Kalanchoe is a plant that needs and loves lots of sunlight. It is considered a houseplant and the plant will develop a beautiful red outline. During the summer you shouldn't place it in sunlight because the leaves contain a lot of water and the sun will burn the leaves. When the sun is not at it's hottest, direct sunlight is okay. You need to water it often and the soil might have plenty of nutrients.
When it comes to watering, make sure you don't over water because the plant will die. You should only water when the soil is dry. You want to give it room temperature water. This plant can withstand dry conditions, but don't let it dry out too much. Always avoid getting the leaves wet, this will make the plant's leaves develop spots and disease.
Kalanchoe is a plant commonly purchases as a gift. It has the longest blooming periods and lives for long periods. It is considered one of the most beautiful plants to place in your home garden.
However, when the flowers start to die, you have to cut them off because they will take the rest of the plant with them if they just are left to die. When the plant stops blooming for the season, you can cut back on the watering. The plant is resting and doesn't need that much to store for the next bloom.
Kalanchoe are resistant to disease and insects, but some aphids and spiders will affect them. They are sensitive to insecticides so you will want to buy a special kind to take care of this plant. You will wan to ask your local nursery what insecticide you should use so that you don't ruin the plant.
Although the plant is very beautiful, it's beauty is deadly. If you have small children or dogs, you will want to get rid of this plant. This plant will cause your child or pet to have convulsions. It will also cause them to eventually go into cardiac arrest and has been known to be deadly.
They are very beautiful to have in your home, but you may want to keep an eye out for pets and loved ones because it's beauty is very deadly when eaten.