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
- 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