Plants

Kalanchoe beharensis

Spraying

This evergreen shrub comes only from the African continent, and more precisely from Madagascar, and is part of the large and polymorphic family group of the Crassulaceae. The plant is known for its upright posture and the typical foliage, covered with compact down, and is usually used as decoration inside the houses. It will be constantly wet during the spring and especially summer seasons, even at close intervals in time, while the watering will decrease considerably during the remaining periods of the year, until it stops completely in the middle of winter. In any case, it will be necessary to spray only if the earth is completely dry and dried up, in order to avoid puddles and stagnations which are very dangerous for the roots of Kalanchoe beharensis.


beharensis vessel” width=”745″ height=”559″ longdesc=”/giardino/piante-da-giardino/kalanchoe-beharensis.asp”>The Kalanchoe beharensis will normally find adequate and flattering container arrangement in the interiors of houses and buildings, however housing in flower beds and green spaces will not be excluded. In any case, it must be suitably equipped with sufficiently fertile, soft and not very compact soil, with the addition of sandy or gravelly materials suitable to ensure correct drainage. With the arrival of the first spring warmth, the evergreen will be periodically subjected to repotting operations, even if, due to the peculiar conformation of its roots, it will not normally have the urgency to be sheltered in gradually more dimensioned containers. Not even pruning works will be strictly necessary for the exotic shrub, as the simple removal of tattered and withered leaves is more than sufficient.

Fertilization


Placed in a suitable container or placed in the open ground, it will need appropriate fertilization to receive the necessary nutrients. Fertilization will be concentrated and maximized in the hot season, from the beginning of the spring period until late September, while it will be appropriately contained and even suspended for the remainder of the year. Liquid fertilizers dissolved in the spraying water must be used, as long as they are specific to the plant and contain a good presence of phosphoric and potassium components, as well as various microelements such as manganese and iron. Granular fertilizers of a solid nature, whose release is deferred and protracted over time, can also be used with obviously more spaced frequency.

Kalanchoe beharensis: Exposure and pathologies


Wherever the chosen arrangement is, the evergreen shrub will be placed in a strongly illuminated habitat, even with direct exposure to the sun’s rays for a few hours of the day. It will love warm or mild climatic conditions, while its growth and flowering itself will be negatively affected by temperatures that fall below 10 – 15 ° C. Finally, the ornamental plant may be subjected to the pitfalls of mold and fungal diseases, due to an excess of watering, and to the attack of insects and parasites, among which the cochineal is highlighted. Should the latter occur, it will be necessary to promptly remove them, washing the shrub with soap or other suitable detergents and proceeding with manual elimination, if possible, or using a specific insecticide.

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