How to care for: Kalanchoe (Tomentosa)

The Kalanchoe Tomentosa is a furry plant covered in tiny white-silver hairs. It has little leaves that have a combination of grey and green highlights with a hairy texture and dark chocolate-colored tips that look like cat ears. It also has a robust stem that turns woody when the plant matures. The Kalanchoe is a succulent plant with an origin in East Africa, Madagascar and Southeast Asia.

Medium light

Water once a month


Non Air-purifying

How do you take care of a Kalanchoe?


The Kalanchoe likes to be placed in a spot with lots of light. It is best to place the plant in medium bright light. The Kalanchoe prefers a spot next to a window on the west or east. A spot near the south is of course also possible. Make sure that the plant is at least 2 metres away from the window. However, the Kalanchoe can grow with partial shade as well.


The Kalanchoe Tomentosa is a low-maintenance succulent. Its thick leaves can store a lot of water and allow the plant to survive for extended periods, even in dry environments. From spring to summer the Kalanchoe needs water once a month. After the growing season, in autumn and winter, the Kalanchoe needs water once every 3 months.

Plant nutrition

The Kalanchoe doesn't use a lot of energy. However, you can add extra nutrients to the plant. You can provide these nutrients by plant nutrition. We recommend giving the Kalanchoe extra nutrition once every month from spring until autumn. After autumn and in winter it is better not to give extra nutrients. In the winter, plant nutrition can actually be harmful for the Kalanchoe!


Repotting the plant every 3 years gives it new nutrients and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.


Kalanchoe plants are generally adaptable and can tolerate a range of temperatures. The ideal temperature for Kalanchoe plants is between 15 to 24 degrees Celsius. However, Kalanchoe plants can withstand slightly higher or lower temperatures depending on the specific Kalanchoe species.


Pruning Kalanchoe plants is not always necessary, but it can be beneficial for maintaining their shape, encouraging bushier growth, and promoting flower production.

Diseases and peculiarities

The Kalanchoe is not excessively susceptible to diseases and pests. Should the plant still suffer from pests, then you can use pesticide. Although pesticide can mean the end of the plant. Therefore, be careful.

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Frequently asked questions about the Kalanchoe

What to do with dried up flowers of the Kalanchoe?

It is up to you to decide what to do with dried out flowers. You can leave the flowers in place, but you can also remove them. New flowers will grow over the dead flowers.

Can a Kalanchoe be placed outside?

Yes, it can! You can easily move Kalanchoe outside as soon as there is no more frost. Make sure that the Kalanchoe first gets used to its new environment.

Is Kalanchoe winter hardy?

Kalanchoe plants are not resistant to frost and are therefore not winter hardy.

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