The Flaming Katy plant or Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is an evergreen, perennial flowering houseplant that is native to Madagascar. It is a popular houseplant because of its bright colored flowers that come in shades of white, pink, red, orange to yellow that bloom from spring to summer and are considered to bring good fortune and happiness.
Flaming Katy Plant Care Guide
Follow these guidelines to care for your Flaming Katy plant.
- Sunlight: You can keep the Flaming Katy plant under bright indirect sunlight for ideal growth and flowering, but it can also be kept in direct sunlight. However, avoid keeping them in direct sunlight for a longer duration, you can keep your plant under morning sunlight and bring it back indoors during the afternoon.
- Soil & Potting Mix: Plant Flaming Katy plant in a well-drained, sandy soil. You can also use succulent or cacti potting mix for growing this plant or can prepare your potting mix with 40% garden soil + 30% leaf compost + 30% river sand. Avoid planting them in clayey or waterlogged soils.
- Watering: The Flaming Katy is a drought-tolerant plant, hence you do not need to water frequently. For best growth and to avoid root rot, water only when the soil in the pot becomes dry. Make sure that water gets drained from the drainage holes present at the bottom after watering.
- Fertilizers: It is not a heavy feeder, that’s why you can fertilize this plant with a balanced fertilizer or vermicompost once a month from spring to the end of summer season. Avoid fertilizing during winter as the plant goes under dormancy. To promote flowering you can use onion peel fertilizer.
- Pruning: To promote intense flowering and maintain the shape of the plant, keep pinching back the stems of the plant. Moreover, deadhead the flowers once the blooming phase is over to promote the growth of new buds.
- Potting & Repotting: Once the flowering season is over, you can repot this plant to a bigger-sized pot. Spring and fall are the best seasons to plant the Flaming Katy plant.
- Pests & Diseases: Generally, they are not much affected by pests, but in worse conditions, pests such as mealybugs or aphids can damage your Flaming Katy plant. You can either use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol or neem oil spray to control these pests. Avoid overwatering or waterlogging to protect your plant from root rot.
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