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Christmas Kalanchoe

English Name

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana

Scientific Name

Description

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana is one of the most attractive houseplant. It is a compact succulent with fleshy green leaves and flowers in a variety of colours. The tiny flowers are carried in thick bunches and last for many weeks.

Madagascar

Origin

Crassulaceae

Family

45°F - 50°F

Temperature (°F)

64°F - 73°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

7 days - 30 days

Germination Period

1' - 1'6"

Height (feet/inches)

Maximum: 10"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Half-hardy Perennials

Life Cycle

Winter, Spring & Autumn

Seasons

None

Fragrance

Colors

Environments

Indoor, Outdoor & Full Sun

Watering

Water every 14 days in Spring and Summer. In hottest weather, when soil dries out quickly water every week. Keep dry in Winter, water once a month to prevent leaves from shrivelling. Never let it stand in water.

Feeding

Feed with high potash fertilizer 2 -3 times in Summer.

Repotting

Re-pot every Spring in size larger pot, using 3 parts soil-based and 1 part sharp sand.

Germination

Sow seeds on surface of seed and cutting compost and keep seed tray in light. Not all seeds germinate at once.

Propagation

Propagate in Spring or Summer by cutting 3 inches long non flowering growth or from a leaf cutting. Cut shoots with a sharp knife, ease leaves off gently with as much of base as possible. Dust with rooting powder, leave to dry 3 days, then lay on fresh dry compost. Water after 3 weeks when roots should have formed. Sow seeds in mid Spring.

Cultivation

Left to itself, the plant flowers in Spring, but commercial growers make it flowers at other times by controlling the amount of light it receives. The plant needs 14 hours of total darkness for a period of 6-8 weeks.

Tips

Cut back the dying stalks of flowering.

Care

Kalanchoe is an easy plant to grow indoors or outdoors. It needs warm temperature and bright light avoid sunny position in Summer.

Decorate

On a windowsill or in a garden.

Humidity

Not necessary.

Soil

Potting soil.



Did you know?

Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.