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Can kalanchoe plants go outside?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,980

    They can go outside in the summer but they're not frost hardy so don't put them out until after the last frost and bring them back in before the first.

    To start with don't put them in brilliant sunshine - as they've been indoors they will get scorched in very strong sunshine - if the sun is very bright start them off in the shade, but when they get used to it they're fine in the sunshine, although they are also happy in shade.  

    If there is heavy rain check that the pot is draining well - they do not like to be waterlogged. 

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  • ginnar30ginnar30 Posts: 3
    Hi there 

    Does anyone know if its safe to keep Kalonchoe plants outside as they're toxic? Mine has outgrown the window inside,  but I'm concerned about birds etc being inquisitive, and eating the plant.

    Many thanks 

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,501
    Hundreds of plants are toxic and the birds survive. Your Kalanchoe won't make it through the first cold winter though.
  • ginnar30ginnar30 Posts: 3
    Oh ok, thanks..was just leaving it out for the Summer...there's a place downstairs where it could sit indoors too..just outgrown my window upstairs. Appreciate the help...
  • My kalanchoes have spent every summer on the patio for decades.  They are taken in for the winter and spring months. I have never lost a single one of them. 

    Moreover, every spring I take new cuttings as I like them small, compact and full of blooms.  They root very easily.  Ideal plants for hopeless gardeners like me!
  • ginnar30ginnar30 Posts: 3
    Thanks for your feedback! Sounds like you're not hopeless at all! : )
  • ginnar30 said:
     Sounds like you're not hopeless at all! : )
    Thank you.  You're very kind. :)

  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,180
    Bear in mind that Kalanchoe is a big family of plants with over 100 species. Some are a bit more sensitive to cold and wet than others. I've got 3 or 4 that go in the greenhouse in the warmer months (mostly the 'mother of thousands' types) but if I leave them out there too late in the year they die and I have to regrow them from pups again. I'm assuming your asking about the blossfeldiana types though?

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