Calandiva (Cal-lan-div –a) plant is a herbaceous cultivar from the Kalanchoe genus.
It belongs to the Crassulaceae family and is a native to Madagascar.
This houseplant cultivar was initially developed in the Netherlands.
This succulent plant and has stunning features, particularly its ability to flower for a full six weeks during early spring and late winter.
It adds a unique touch to any garden design with its rose-shaped bright flowers.
Just like other holiday succulents and cacti, the Calandiva plant is popular during the holidays and for the florist trade.
The scientific name of this plant is Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Calandiva, and its common names include:
- Flaming Katy
- Madagascar Widow’s-thrill
- Florists Kalanchoe
- Christmas Kalanchoe
Calandiva Plant Care
Size & Growth
The Kalanchoe Calandiva is an evergreen, bushy succulent plant with glossy green leaves.
This plant typically grows around 12” to 18” inches tall and spreads between 4” to 20” inches wide.
The plant density is moderate, and it has a slow growth rate.
It also has textured and shiny foliage, which maintains its green color throughout the year.
Flowering and Fragrance
The flowering kalanchoe plants add a bold statement in the garden.
The flower buds of this plant are large and produce flowers, which bloom for almost six weeks long.
The bloom color of the kalanchoe flowers ranges from whites, reds, purples, pinks, and oranges.
Light & Temperature
The Calandiva needs full sun for optimal growth.
It also thrives well under the partial sun if it is planted in the garden.
In case the weather is dry and hot, this plant flairs best in partial to filtered sun.
When growing as indoor plants, place the Calandiva in a spot where it enjoys full light during the day.
The USDA hardiness zones of this plant are from 9 to 11.
Grow this plant in containers if you live in colder areas.
Watering and Feeding
Water the flowering plant twice a week, depending on the weather conditions.
For indoor plants, allow the soil to completely dry out between watering.
This plant tolerates drought conditions, but it should never be overwatered.
Fertilizing should be done once a month, with a liquid fertilizer, which includes iron, manganese, magnesium, and calcium.
Soil & Transplanting
The Flaming Katy prefers the potting soil, which is loaded with organic matter.
However, make sure it is a well-draining mixture.
Provide these flowering houseplants with perlite or compost to enhance the quality of sandy soils.
Grooming and Maintenance
- The house plant care is minimal.
- Follow the general gardening tips to maintain the growth of this plant.
- However, overwatering may result in root rot.
- Avoid leaving the soil of the plant consistently wet.
- Pinching the plant will encourage its growth.
- Make sure to protect it from freezes or frosts by transferring the outdoor plants growing in containers indoors.
- When planted outdoors, create a layer of compost to protect the plant from the harsh cold.
How to Propagate Kalanchoe
The propagation of this plant is done using stem cuttings, divisions, or seeds.
However, the seeds take the longest time.
The division method is the easiest.
- Separate the plant using a sharp, sterile knife and plant them in separate pots of containers.
- Cover with soil and water frequently until well established.
- Take 4” to 5” inches long stem cuttings.
- Remove a few leaves from the bottom of the cuttings.
- Let them heal for one to two weeks.
- Use a succulent soil and cacti potting mixture to plant the cuttings.
- It usually takes around three weeks for the cuttings to form roots.
- Propagation should be done in spring or summer, and make sure you follow the general succulent care for this plant.
Kalanchoe Pest or Diseases
The kalanchoe plants experience minor issues with diseases and pests.
However, be on a lookout for stem rot or powdery mildew, which usually occurs due to overwatering.
The blooming plants might get attacked by succulent aphids and mealybugs.
Make sure to regularly monitor the plants to avoid aphids infestation and other pests.
A spray of water using a showerhead or hose may wash off the pests.
Is The Plant Toxic Or Poisonous?
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), this plant may be toxic to pets when consumed.
The pets will require immediate veterinary care, particularly if they have diarrhea or start vomiting.
Calandiva Plant Uses
The Kalanchoe flowers look beautiful when grown in containers.
They make a stunning addition to gardens, on the windowsill, or when placed in a patio or porch.
The foliage and bright blooms of these outdoor plants enhance the look of any garden design.