KALANCHOE

KALANCHOE

The Kalanchoe genus includes around 100 succulent species native to Madagascar that belong to the Crassulaceae family. They are very resistant plants characterized by fleshy leaves and stems. They are ornamental both for their leaves and for their flowers. Kalanchoes are hardy plants that tolerate drought and also temperatures a few degrees above 0°C. They are used as indoor plants and in flower beds and rock gardens. Among the most common species is Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, a small plant with fleshy leaves and inflorescences borne at the top of long stems. Its flowers can be yellow, red, or orange and red. Potting compost must have an equal mix of peat and sand in equal quantities, so as to obtain a soft and draining substratum that prevents waterlogging. Do not water too much so as to allow the substratum to dry out between one irrigation and the other. Feed once a month, with ternary (NPK) soluble fertilizers, dissolved in water. Kalanchoes are very resistant to disease and to parasites. One must, nevertheless, be very careful to avoid waterlogging (which can make the roots and neck rot) and the attack of mealybugs (which can be eliminated by brushing the leaves with Vaseline oil.

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