We have before us one of the most curious plants for the interior. Its succulent leaves, its flowers of various colors and its exotic origin make this plant a perfect component for floral sets or centerpieces. If you want to learn more about the Kalanchoe, keep reading.
ORÍGENES DEL KALANCHOE BLOSSFELDIANA
Neither more nor less than the island of Madagascar . Endemic species of that place, also introduced in the American continent and adapted to the homes of half the world. It is especially loved in homes for the varied colors of its flowers that range from red, through fuchsia and pink, orange or yellow. There are more than a hundred species but the best known are two. Of which we speak today by the already commented flowers called Kalanchoe blossfeldiana . The other is perhaps more impressive in terms of the shape of its leaves. Kalanchoe daigremontiana, also known as Espinazo del diablo. Here we leave you a couple of photos and you can decide which one you want. The second is attributed a lot of healing and medicinal properties, even anti-cancer.
CARE AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Irrigation: Although being a succulent plant and it may seem that it does not support excess water (root rots), this is not the case. We can water it up to 2 times a week and it will not be affected. The problem is that regular waterings inhibit flowering and we want this plant indoors precisely because of its flowers. To induce flowering we must extend the waterings during spring and autumn up to 2 times a month with water that is not cold. After flowering it is also advisable to space the waterings in order to let the plant rest . In summer water every 5 or 6 days. Although it does not scare too much with the water, we should never water on the leaves. Very dry environments do not suit him but we cannot spray the leaves either. We must create moisture by other means.
Brightness: High but not direct. Although it may seem otherwise, it does not support direct exposure well. In the wild it develops protected and avoiding direct rays. Tolerates shade well
Substrate: As you can imagine, we need a draining substrate that is rich in organic matter . Mulch, peat and sand in equal parts is an advisable substrate.
Temperature: The temperature of a house is ideal for this plant. Within the range of twenty-something we will be at its optimum growth. The cold does not take it well at all. Below 10 ºC it begins to suffer.
REPRODUCTION OF THE KALANCHOE BLOSSFELDIANA
Easy. Cutting is very easy in this species. Plant the cuttings in spring in a bright place tolerating some shade with an average temperature of 20-25ºC.
- If the branches begin to spread and grow, it could be that the plant has insufficient light and is looking for it.
- Discolored leaves can be a sign of lack of nutrition and light.
- If you notice that the leaves darken in the basal area, it is a sign of too much humidity, either from the environment or from irrigation.