Kalanchoe has many faces
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe) - a popular houseplant of the family Tolstyankovye (Crassulaceae) The birthplace of Kalanchoe is South Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the tropics of South America. Kalanchoe is a succulent plant, which is often grown both as a decorative flowering plant and as a medicinal one. More than two hundred species of Kalanchoe are known. According to modern classification, some species of Kalanchoe belong to the close genus Briofillum (Bryophyllum).
Types of Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe Blossfeld (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) - bushes up to 30 cm high with rounded leaves slightly wavy at the edges. It has small flowers of bright red color. The flowering process falls on March-June. There are varieties with yellow and orange flowers.
Kalanchoe Mangin (Kalanchoe manginii) Is a species with small lanceolate leaves, orange-red flowers, and long pedicels.
Kalanchoe Mangin is currently classified as Mangin Briofillum (Bryophyllum manginii).
Kalanchoe Degremona (Kalanchoe daigremontiana) - popularly called the "Doctor". It is a larger plant with leaves that have the shape of an elongated triangle. The length of the leaves reaches 20 cm, the color is gray-green with purple spots on the back. On the serrated edge, children are formed that can be rooted.
Kalanchoe pinnate (Kalanchoe pinnata) - a large plant up to 1 meter tall with an upright stalk and opposite leaves. The peculiarity of the species is that the lower leaves are oval with a corrugated edge, and the upper ones are pinnately dissected. Between the tubercles, children form.
Currently, Kalanchoe pinnate is classified as Cirrus bryophyllum (Bryophyllum pinnatum).
Conditions Required by Kalanchoe
Temperature. In winter, during rest, the temperature should fluctuate from 10 ° C with a dry content. In summer, it is best to keep the plant on the balcony or in the garden.
Lighting. Kalanchoe is a very photophilous plant. It requires bright intense lighting with direct sunlight. However, shading may be necessary on the south window during the hottest time of the day.
Kalanchoe care at home
Watering Kalanchoe. In summer and spring - moderate, reduced by autumn, limited in winter.
Fertilizer. It is fed every month from late spring to mid-summer with special fertilizer for succulents and cacti.
Kalanchoe transplant. It is best to transplant every year in the spring. The soil should contain turf, leaf, peat soil, sand and brick chips or birch coals.
Breeding. Kalanchoe can be propagated by seeds, brood buds, children, and also cuttings. The process of propagation of this plant is very simple.