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Kalanchoe

 

With over 100 species in the genus, Kalanchoe are a thick leafed succulent that are grown both for the flowers and the foliage. Well known varieties such as Kalanchoe 'Flapjacks', pictured right is one of the most widely grown. However with lots of hybrids and species that differ significantly such as Kalanchoe orgyalis, pictured below right, you will be spolit for choice.

Kalanchoe Plants are widely used as houseplants and are readily available for sale in nurseries. With many new varieties, usually Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Hybrids, it it best to look at the species as well.

With brilliant flowers this easy to grow succulent plant needs a warm position near a window with lots of bright light through the cooler months, however consider shifting

Kalanchoe plants during the warmer months, a little afternoon shade will help prolong flower life and keep the foliage in good condition.

 

Varieties

Kalanchoe orgyalis

Kalanchoe plants available for sale are usually Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Hybrids. However many species are also worth seeking out

  • Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
  • Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Kalanchoe Flapjack),
  • Kalanchoe orgyalis,
  • Kalanchoe daigremontiana,
  • Kalanchoe pinnata
  • Kalanchoe tomentosa

Propagation

The species can be propagated from seed.

Some varieties will produce offsets, and these can be divided.

Most can be propagated from leaf cuttings, and some from ariellayering.

 

Kalanchoe are available for sale from the following specilaist nurseries.

SEQUIM RARE PLANTS
500 N. Sequim Ave. Sequim, WA 98382
Small mail order nursery with a very intersting range of perennials and other plants. Includes: Aeonium and many others
www.sequimrareplants.com