Updated: April 17, 2022

The chandelier plant (Kalanchoe delagoensis) is a unique succulent that is native to Madagascar. It is also known as the Mexican hat plant or devil’s backbone due to its interesting shape. The chandelier plant is an excellent choice for those who want a low-maintenance plant that can add some flair to their home décor. In this guide, we’ll provide you with all the information you need to grow a chandelier plant in a pot.

Choosing the Right Pot and Soil

When growing a chandelier plant, it’s important to choose the right pot and soil. The pot should have drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom. A pot with a diameter of 6-8 inches should be sufficient for a small chandelier plant.

The soil should be well-draining and porous. A mix of cactus soil and perlite in equal parts is an excellent choice for chandelier plants. This will ensure that the water drains quickly and the soil doesn’t become waterlogged.

Light Requirements

Chandelier plants prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, but too much can scorch their leaves. If your chandelier plant isn’t getting enough light, it may start to stretch towards the light source. If this happens, move the plant closer to a window or provide additional artificial light.

Watering and Fertilizing

Chandelier plants are drought-tolerant and can survive long periods without water. However, they prefer to be watered when the soil is completely dry. When watering, make sure to saturate the soil thoroughly and let any excess water drain out of the bottom of the pot.

Fertilizing is not necessary for chandelier plants, but you can feed them once or twice a year during the growing season with a cactus or succulent fertilizer.


Chandelier plants are easy to propagate. Simply break off a leaf or stem and let it dry for a day or two. Then, plant it in well-draining soil and water sparingly until new growth appears.


Chandelier plants don’t require much pruning, but you can trim any dead or damaged leaves or stems to keep the plant looking neat and tidy.

Common Problems


Overwatering is the most common problem with chandelier plants. Too much water can lead to root rot, which can be fatal. Always make sure the soil is completely dry before watering and use well-draining soil.


Chandelier plants are relatively pest-free, but they can attract mealybugs and spider mites. If you notice any pests, isolate the affected plant and treat it with a solution of dish soap and water or neem oil.


If your chandelier plant is stretching towards the light source, it’s a sign that it’s not getting enough light. Move the plant closer to a window or provide additional artificial light.


How often should I water my chandelier plant?

Chandelier plants prefer to be watered when the soil is completely dry. This can vary depending on the humidity and temperature of your home, but it’s usually once every 2-3 weeks.

Can I grow a chandelier plant outdoors?

Chandelier plants are sensitive to cold temperatures and prefer warm, dry conditions. They can be grown outdoors in USDA zones 9-11 as long as they are protected from frost and kept in well-draining soil.

Why are my chandelier plant’s leaves turning yellow?

Yellowing leaves can be a sign of overwatering or underwatering. Make sure the soil is completely dry before watering and that the pot has drainage holes. If the problem persists, check for pests or disease.

In conclusion, growing a chandelier plant in a pot is easy as long as you provide it with the right conditions – well-draining soil, bright indirect light, and infrequent watering. With a little care, your chandelier plant can thrive and add some unique charm to your home décor.