Botanical Name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
Flaming Katy is one of the few succulents grown just for its blooms. Bright clusters of tiny red, orange, yellow, purple or pink flowers last several weeks.
When you're buying a Kalanchoe plant, choose one with bright, fresh-looking leaves and plenty of unopened buds.
Kalanchoe plant has glossy, green leaves with scalloped edges that can become red-tinged when exposed to full sun. Although the thick leaves seem sturdy, they are actually quite brittle. Handle flaming katy with care because the leaf tips easily break off.
Kalanchoe care is easy. Keep the soil lightly moist while in bloom, allowing the surface of the soil to dry between waterings. Like other succulent plants, it stores water in its thick, fleshy leaves and can suffer from root rot if it is overwatered. Don't allow the soil to dry out completely, however. Dry soil will cause the leaves to shrivel and turn yellow.
Although this compact, little house plant is easy to grow, getting it to re-bloom can be a challenge.
You'll get the most flowers by deadheading during the flowering season. Cut off flower stems after the blooms have faded to keep the plant looking neat and to encourage more blooms.
Few pests bother flaming katy. Mealybugs are the most common invaders. Watch for white, fuzzy patches near the leaf axils and under the leaves. Root mealybugs could be the cause of a wilted plant. Ease the plant out of its pot and inspect the roots for these pests.
Height: 8-15 inches (20-38 cm)
Light: Bright light to full sun.
Water: Keep the soil mix barely moist. Overwatering will cause leaves to wilt. Plant Kalanchoe in a pot with drainage holes. Water thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings. Water less after flowering, when the plant is resting.
Humidity: Average room humidity.
Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F/16-24°C
Soil: 2 parts all-purpose potting mix and 1 part sharp sand or perlite.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly from late spring to early fall with balanced liquid fertilizer.
Propagation: Take stem cuttings in late spring.