Indoor plants

Kalanchoe plant

Kalanchoe plant

The kalanchoe plant belongs to the Crassulaceae family and includes about 125 different species with different characteristics that vary between small shrubs and evergreen perennials. The plant originates in Africa, where it has adapted perfectly to arid or semi-arid areas, thanks to the characteristic of producing succulent vegetation. This characteristic allows the plant to overcome even long periods of drought. Kalanchoes have various sizes, but generally remain under one meter in height, apart from Kalanchoe behrensis which reaches 6 meters in height. The leaves are fat with a green color with spots, the flowers develop in the terminal area of ​​the leaf with flowering that occurs towards the end of winter.

Kalanchoe species

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a perennial plant with large fleshy leaves with a glossy green color and a serrated edge. In spring it has rounded inflorescences with different colors. Once the flower has faded, it would be advisable to eliminate the inflorescence to avoid infections. Kalanchoe beharensis is a perennial and small-sized bushy plant. It has large triangular leaves that are covered with a yellowish down. The flowers bloom at the end of winter and gather in panicles with yellow-green flowers. Kalanchoe uniflora is a perennial plant that has leaves with a glossy green color. The flowers, which bloom in late summer, have a red or purple color.

Kalanchoe plant species

The Kalanchoe daigremontiana plant is a succulent that displays characteristic fleshy leaves with triangular-shaped brown spots. The flowers have a tubular shape with a gray-purple color with flowering at the end of winter.The Kalanchoe tormentosa is a perennial plant that shows leaves with fleshy characteristics and covered with white down. The flowers, which bloom in spring, show a yellow-green color.The Kalanchoe marmorata has leaves with a light green color that with age become gray-purple with brownish streaks. The flowers have a white color. Kalanchoe pumila has suffruticose characteristics so it would be advisable to grow it in a suspended position. The flowers have a pinkish color and bloom between the end of winter and

Kalanchoe plant: Cultivation of kalanchoe

To be able to grow a kalanchoe plant, some precautions must be taken into account. The plant prefers a bright location, but not with direct exposure to the sun’s rays. The ideal soil should be loose, with adequate drainage that avoids stagnation of water, it would be advisable to mix properly washed river sand with the universal soil. Watering should only be done when the soil is completely dry, therefore with a frequency of once a week in the months between March and September. Fertilization should be carried out, approximately every 20 days during the vegetative period, using fertilizer added to the irrigation water. Intensive watering could make the plants soft and with dry areas.

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