Kalanchoe a Colourful Succulent

kalanchoe-blossfeldiana

A popular indoor succulent at this time of year the range of Kalanchoe plants available from florists and garden centres continues to grow. Often blooming from autumn through winter these clusters of red flowers are set off by thick dark green leaves. About 12 inches tall these plants are easy to grow if the temperature stays above 10°C

Watering Succulents

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana

  • Take care when watering as these leaves have been spotted by water drops leaving a filmy deposit. Too much water on leaves will cause rotting.
  • Plants should not be allowed to dry out, but the biggest problem is rotting of  stems caused by over watering.
  • To help control watering grow in a well drained potting mixture with some extra sharp sand and or perlite. Do not allow the plant to stand in excess water.
  • If the potting soil become water logged take the root ball out of the pot and leave to stand and drain
  • Cuttings can be taken from the stems – pot them straight away

American Kalachoe specialists say ‘Native to Madagascar, the Kalanchoe is a low-growing succulent that blooms in long-lasting clusters of tiny flowers.
Due to its low maintenance requirements and its suitability to either indoor or outdoor environments, the Kalanchoe is a very popular choice with both interior and exterior designers.
The Kalanchoe is available in a multitude of varieties, offering a seemingly endless choice of colours.
Its beauty and versatility make it a great gift, centerpiece or feature in container gardens.’

Allowing for some poetic license from a major grower this large species is still worth growing in the UK


4 Responses to Kalanchoe a Colourful Succulent

  1. RHONDA March 20, 2009 at 16.03 #

    HOW DO I KNOW IF THE KALANCHOE I HAVE IS AN INDOOR OR AN OUTDOOR PLANT?

  2. admin March 22, 2009 at 16.03 #

    It will be frost tender and can only survive outdoors at temperatures above 40 degrees F. It may also get damaged by strong wind but in summer it can go outside in a pot

  3. Colin Luxton September 12, 2009 at 16.03 #

    Hi there
    Re: Kalanchoe, the flowers are begining to fall or fade, does the plant need trimming/pruning or will they eventually return.
    Many Thanks

  4. admin September 13, 2009 at 16.03 #

    I trim mine and reduce watering for a while

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