Indoor plants

Kalanchoe plant

The kalanchoe plant: characteristics of the species

The kalanchoe genus was coined by the botanist Adason at the end of the year 1700. The various species known at the time were named with classifications that today are real separate genera. It is customary to gather the different species of kalanchoe in groups of similar colors. Group of the red-flowered species; salmon-colored flowered species group; group of the yellow-flowered species; group of the white-flowered species; group of the pink-flowered species; group of the species with two-colored flowers. The kalanchoe plant is native to Madagascar and the Socotra islands, there are some varieties, however, that originate in Ethiopia and Somalia. Kalanchoe belongs to the rich plant family “crassulaceae”. In nature there are more than one hundred species of this plant, which has entered in recent years, fully,

Kalanchoe – sowing, transplanting, multiplication

Kalanchoe is a robust, herbaceous or suffruticose plant with fleshy stems. Some species are also ascribed to the genus kalanchoe which are classified as Bryophillum. These have a curious and unusual characteristic: small plants originate along the margins of the leaves which, when they have perfected four leaves, detach naturally and fall on the ground where they root. It is a natural agamic propagation, very useful because it is exploited precisely to obtain young plants destined for cultivation. The bulbiferous leaves are specific to Bryophillum, completely absent in the various species of kalanchoe that enthusiasts and collectors of cactee and succulent plants do not fail to have for the beautiful and showy blooms. Sowing is the fastest way to obtain vigorous and ready flowering plants. You can multiply the kalanchoes also by herbaceous cutting; in both cases, a greenhouse or a propagator for heating must be available.

The kalanchoe plant: soil and watering.

The best potting soil for kalanchoe plants is peat, mature manure, fertile topsoil, and sand. The fertilizations are usually done in the months from March to July, in some cases even up to August; then they are suspended to resume with watering (which will be abundant from March to September) after repotting the plants that have bloomed. Although not intended for cuttings, kalanchoe plants should, however, be sprouted after flowering in any month it occurs. The kalanchoe plant is very hardy and has a prolonged flowering. By many people this plant is called: “short day plant”, because by reducing the hours of light the flowering is anticipated. The characteristic of this plant, whatever its variety, is to have full leaves.

Kalanchoe plant: The kalanchoe plant: flowering

The flowers of the kalanchoe form paniculate, broad, showy tops; the colors are red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, white, and some two-colored species. They bloom according to the time of sowing or cutting. The most experienced flower growers with sophisticated techniques are able to make kalanchoe plants bloom in an expected period up to the time of sowing. Cochineal can attack both roots, leaves and stems. If the plant is attacked by parasites, it must be immediately treated with specific products that will be recommended either in the nursery or in the appropriate shops. For their beauty and simplicity, these houseplants are perfect for embellishing the window sills but also for resting on tables and shelves. From the kitchen to the dining room, to the living room.

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