Although kalanchoe is typically grown as a houseplant, it can be planted outside in warm regions successfully. The kalanchoe is also commonly grown as a ground cover or planted in rock gardens for a nice splash of color. Group kalanchoe en masse for a striking color burst, or group several colors together for a colorful display.
You can force a kalanchoe to bloom by simulating winter-like conditions after exposing it to dark conditions for six weeks.
The kalanchoe is native to tropical and subtropical climates and can be successfully grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11. The plant blooms best in 65–85 degrees Fahrenheit and is quite susceptible to cold and frost.
Inspect your plant periodically for pests, such as aphids, spider mites, and scale. Look for torn or faded leaves. Apply neem oil and clean leaves to curb infestations. Leaf spot may be an indication of overly humid conditions.
Question: Are kalanchoe plants resistant to deer?
Answer: Deer will eat just about anything if they are hungry enough, but in general, they stay away from poisonous plants and those that are heavily scented. While I couldn't find anything specific to kalanchoe, I suggest visiting The Old Farmers' Almanac for a comprehensive list of plants that deer both like and dislike.
Question: Should I cut back my Kalanchoe's leggy portions?
Answer: Kalanchoe look more attractive when they are kept nice and trim. Cut back any leggy portions to help focus energy into other blooms and keep the plant growing upright and compact.
Question: Mature leaves on my kalanchoe plant are turning brown, while at the same time new leaves are forming. Why are leaves turning brown?
Answer: Regularly pruning kalanchoe is normal, and will encourage new growth. As long as the plant is still thriving I wouldn't be too concerned with some brown leaves, especially since you are seeing new growth. Monitor water and light levels closely, and good luck!
Question: What happens if kalanchoe is eaten by a child?
Answer: Kalanchoe is not poisonous to humans, however, they are toxic to pets.