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

Toxic

Non Air-purifying

How do you take care of a Kalanchoe?

Location

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.

Watering

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

We recommend repotting the Kalanchoe immediately after purchase. 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.

Air-purifying

The Kalanchoe is not known for its air-purifying function. As far as we’re concerned, no problem.

Is the Kalanchoe toxic?

The Kalanchoe is quite a toxic plant. It is known to be poisonous to cats, dogs, and other wildlife when ingested. It contains bufadienolides cardiac glycosides that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Ingestion in large amounts can be fatal.

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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