What care does the Kalanchoe Daigremontiana (Goethe plant) need?

What care does the Kalanchoe Daigremontiana (Goethe plant) need?

The water requirement

The Goethe plant only needs a moderate amount of moisture. Only water when the top inches of the substrate feel dry. It is important to ensure good drainage and to tip away the liquid that has collected in the coaster after a few minutes. The Kalanchoe Daigremontiana is very sensitive to waterlogging, which can lead to rotten roots.

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How is fertilization done?

Like all Kalanchoe species, the Goethe plant is very frugal. In the first year after planting or repotting, there is no need to fertilize. Then you can use commercially available liquid fertilizer once a month in the dosage recommended on the packaging during the growing season from April to September. If you prefer a fortnightly fertilization, only add half the amount to the irrigation water.

To cut

When properly cared for, Kalanchoe Daigremontiana grows quite vigorously, so that occasional pruning is advisable.

  • The pruning is ideally done when repotting.
  • To avoid injuries and bruises at the interfaces, use only very sharp cutting tools.
  • Wipe off any leaking sap.
  • If necessary, treat cut surfaces with a wound protection agent. However, this is not absolutely necessary.


At the latest when the roots grow out of the holes in the planter, it is time to repot. Plants for which the pot is too small are ideally placed in fresh cactus soil and a larger pot in March at the beginning of the growing season.

How do you overwinter?

In the winter months you should put the Kalanchoe Daigremontiana cooler, temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees are ideal. Pour significantly less.

Which pests and diseases are threatened?

The Goethe plant is very resistant and is rarely attacked by diseases and pests.

Sometimes powdery mildew occurs, which you can recognize by the following characteristics:

  • The leaves curl up.
  • White spots appear on all parts of the plant.
  • The plant grows much more slowly and dies if the fungus is not controlled.

Powdery mildew can be treated well with commercially available fungicides.


The Goethe plant can be propagated without any problems thanks to the kindling that grows on the leaves. Simply put the fallen offshoots in cactus soil and care for them like the mother plant.