Calandiva Plant: How To Grow and Plant Care

Calandiva are very striking plants that bloom profusely with tiny flowers, suitable for growing both indoors and outdoors.

You may also recognize them as Kalanchoe, specifically Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. 

These plants are perfect if you want a lot of greenery in your home or garden, which produces a lot of color, but you don’t want the hassle of having to do a lot of maintenance to get there.

Here’s everything you need to know about growing Calandiva, including how to care for them, and where to plant them.

How to Recognize Calandiva

When these gorgeous plants aren’t in flower, you can recognize them by their small-to-large succulent leaves, which are thick and dark-green. 

You’ll notice that new leaves grow from pretty much every part of the stalks.

When it comes to the flowers, the plant produces them in abundance, and each bloom will last around 6 weeks before it wilts. 

The number of petals depends on the cultivar. Some have as little as four petals per bloom, while others can have as many as 32 petals per flower, which is where the comparison to roses comes in. 

There are many colors to choose from, including pink, yellow, white, orange, purple, and red, meaning there is a type for every garden or indoor space imaginable.

How to Grow Calandiva

While these plants are fairly easy to grow, there are some things which you need to keep in mind in order to get the best out of them.

Planting and Position

These lovely plants require freely draining soil, as Calandiva getting root rot is a sure way to premature plant death. 

They thrive in acidic, or neutral soil, and the best way to make you get it right is to plant them in soil designed for succulent plants, which will help reduce the risk of root rot.

Calandiva plants require as much indirect sunlight as you can give them, within an area that’s protected from drafts or cold winds.

If your plant is trying to flower, but the flowers don’t fully open, your Calandiva is telling you it needs more light.

Watering and Feeding

Like most succulent plants, if you’re unsure whether you should water them or not, wait. 

These plants are perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to their plants, or people who often forget to water, or those who are away for extended periods (especially if you don’t trust anyone else with your plants!)

It’s difficult to tell you exactly when you should water a Calandiva, as it depends on many factors, such as the surrounding temperature, how much light the plant gets, whether it’s inside or outside.

However, the general rule is that you should water every ten days or so, or as long as it takes for the soil to dry out in the meantime, avoiding risks of root rot.

When it comes to feeding Calandiva, be very careful. Like most succulents, Calandiva are sensitive to chemical imbalances, preferring fewer nutrients in the soil.

You can however feed them once a month if you prefer, but only during the growing season.

When to Prune Calandiva

Once the flowers have started to die down, pinch them off using your fingers. Don’t wait until they are covering the surface of the soil, as this can lead to disease.

Remove any dying or discolored leaves as you see them, but apart from that, you don’t really need to prune Calandiva.

If you want to, though, you can take some cuttings, and put them directly into the same pot, ensuring more Calandiva plants for the future.

Pests and Diseases to Watch Out For

Preventative Care

You can vastly reduce the number of pests and diseases which affect your plant by practicing good plant hygiene. 

No, this doesn’t mean taking them to the shower, but making sure you wash your hands before you touch the plants (if you touch the plants), and after.

Make sure to keep any tools that you use spotless, both before and after you prune any parts.

Pests

There are many pests that Calandiva are vulnerable to, and most are the classic villains including aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs. 

The best way to get rid of these is to remove them as you see them, and use rubbing alcohol where you can’t.

Disease

Root rot and powdery mildew are Calandiva’s biggest problems when it comes to disease. You can’t do much about root rot if it’s already taken hold of the plant, but you can try repotting it in a last-ditch attempt to save it.

When it comes to powdery mildew, treat it with rubbing alcohol, and make sure there’s enough airflow around the plant.

How to Grow Calandiva Indoors

They make the perfect indoor flowering plant, as they need very little maintenance in order to make them bloom.

Avoid placing Calandiva near heat sources, unless that source is a grow lamp. Keep these plants away from bathrooms, radiators, fireplaces, hobs etc., as they won’t do very well.

They also don’t like a huge amount of humidity, so avoid this where you can.

Calandiva plants are what’s known as ‘short-day’ plants, where they have adapted to live where there’s less than 14 hours of sunlight. 

To mimic this, keep your plants in a bright spot that only gets light for part of the day. When the flowers start to appear, move it somewhere a little brighter to help it along.

How to Grow Calandiva Outdoors

Outdoor care for Calandiva is much the same as indoors. Get the position right, and the soil right, keep it somewhere sheltered where it won’t be vulnerable to downpours, and keep it somewhere sheltered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Buy a Calandiva?

Calandivas are available in pretty much anywhere that sells plants, thanks to their growth in popularity, you can find them in grocery stores, garden centers, and plant nurseries.

Are Calandiva Plants Poisonous?

Yes. You need to be careful with Calandiva plants, as they are poisonous to children, dogs and other pets, so keep them out of reach.

Do Calandiva Plants Go Dormant?

Calandiva plants, or Kalanchoe (see also Flower Names Starting With K), go dormant during the summer months. The normal growth that these gorgeous plants put out stops, but they are still somewhat active, so you will still need to water them occasionally.

Conclusion

Calandiva plants are perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time on their hands, but they still want some plants to care for. 

These incredible plants add a lot of color and greenery into any indoor or outdoor space, while needing very little maintenance.

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