Succulents

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

The Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a succulent plant cactus not a great ornamental value. It is very, very easy to take care of, since it really only needs sun and little water so that you can contemplate it in all its splendor. In addition, it produces very beautiful flowers, something that does nothing more than make it a very interesting species for the garden or patio.

If you want to know both its characteristics and its care, then I am going to tell you everything about it.

Origin and characteristics

Our protagonist is a non-cactaceous or crass succulent plant whose scientific name is Kalanchoe thyrsiflora that reaches 40-50cm in height. It is popularly called calanchoe or calanchoe tirsiflora. It is native to South Africa and Lesotho, and grows in a basal rosette with large, rounded, fleshy leaves, grayish-green in color with a red margin. These are covered by a whitish fluff.

The inflorescence is erect and terminal, and gathers several waxy green flowers with yellow lobes. It blooms from fall to spring.

What are their cares?

If you want to have a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:

Location

The Kalanchoe thyrsiflora must be placed outside, in full sun. Interestingly, the more hours of direct light you have, the more pink/ reddish your leaf margins will have.

It does not have invasive roots, but it can occupy a surface of 50cm long by more or less the same width since it has a tendency to take out suckers.

Irrigation

It is one of the types of Kalanchoe that best resists drought, but not waterlogging. Therefore, it is advisable to check the humidity of the soil before watering. For this, you can do any of these things:

  • Introduce a thin wooden stick: or your finger. When you take it out, if you see that a lot of soil has adhered, do not water, since it will still be wet.
  • Dig about ten centimeters around the plant: the moisture from the soil is not lost as quickly on the surface as it does in the inner layers, so to know how the soil is, it is advisable to dig a little around the plant. If you see that it has a dark brown color and when you touch it you feel fresh, do not water.
  • Use a digital moisture meter: to be very effective, insert it closer to the succulent and again further away. As soon as you do it, you will see how wet the earth is.
  • Weigh the pot once it has been watered and again after a few days: as wet soil weighs more than dry soil, you will know when it is time to water.

Still, you should know that you have to water very little. During the hottest and driest season, 2 or a maximum of 3 waterings a week will suffice, while the rest of the year, once every 7 or 10 days will be enough. During the winter, water every 15-20 days.

Earth

It can be both in a pot and in the garden:

  • Pot: universal growing substrate alone or mixed with 30% perlite.
  • Garden: grows in all types of soils as long as they have good drainage. As it is not a plant that is excessively large, if you have a compact or poorly drained soil, make a hole of about 50cm x 50cm and mix the soil with perlite in equal parts.

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It is not that it is very necessary, but it is advisable to fertilize throughout the growing season, that is, throughout the warm season, with fertilizers for succulents following the instructions specified on the product packaging. You can also use Nitrofoska azul, which is a fast-effective granular fertilizer. The dose of the latter is a small spoon (of the coffee ones) for very young specimens that are in pots up to 10.5 cm in diameter, and two or three small tablespoons for the larger ones.

Multiplication

It multiplies by seeds and by suckers in spring or summer. Let’s see how to proceed in each case:

Seeds

The step by step to follow is as follows:

  1. The first thing to do is fill a pot of about 10.5cm with universal growing substrate and water.
  2. Then a maximum of 2 or 3 seeds are placed on the surface and covered with a very thin layer of substrate.
  3. It is then watered with a sprayer.
  4. Finally, the pot is placed outside, in semi-shade.

If all goes well, they will germinate in 2 to 3 weeks.

Suckers

To multiply Kalanchoe thyrsiflora by suckers, you just have to select one that has an easily manipulable size, separate it from the mother plant, cut the stem that joins it with a hand saw, and then plant it in a pot of about 20cm in diameter with universal growing substrate. If you want you can, before putting it in the container, impregnate its base with homemade rooters, but it is not necessary.

Rusticity

Withstands cold and weak frosts down to -2ºC. If you live in a colder area you will need indoor protection.

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