Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kalanchoe's can be so krazy!!!!

Yeah! The majority of you were correct. The succulent picture I posted yesterday for Cactus Monday is a variety of Kalanchoe. I am not sure exactly what the name is because I think it looks different growing in the wild like this than in home cultivation.

Kalanchoe Serrata "Magic Tower."
These Kalanchoe plants are just growing all over the place in and amongst her pansy's, weeds (lol) and different color viola's. The babies just keep on falling off the edges of the leaves and replant themselves. And yes of course I took some home!

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi Purple Scallops

The Kalanchoe above has a wonderful trait that I believe quite a few of this species has. When a leaf of these plants drops on some slightly moist dirt they will develop tiny plants they will root and grow into new plants. Now most of my Kalanchoe's live in part shade during the day. Yes they get a few hours of full sun but not during the hottest time of the day. I think they will burn. They are pretty easy to grow and need to be treated like other succulents in that they need well draining soil and to water when just dry. If they start to drop lower leaves, give more water. Here are some other Kalanchoe's that I have.

Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang'

Kalanchoe luciae also called 'Flap Jacks or Paddle Plants'

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Kalanchoe Millotii

Kalanchoe panamensis

Kalanchoe marnieriana

Kalanchoe tubiflora Maternity plant

So there you go! There are many, many more varieties. Some look like a bouquet of flowers and some are really fuzzy. So give them a try!


Diana said...

Hi Candy,
Thank you for your comment on my blog. It made my day. Boy do you know your plants. I'm impressed.
Have a great day.

Julie said...

Hey Candy! You sure have a ton of gorgeous Kalenchoe! I just posted some (all the same type) on my blog, and I hope someone, maybe you, can ID them! LOL. I just found them out at my sons place and they are just so big and lushious looking...much like all of yours!!!!! Wowzers, is all I can say about your's, girl!!!!!

Evelyn said...

Aaah, I'd love some!

Mandy said...

Hi Candy...I'm not home so I don't have the scientific name, but the Kalanchoe with the serrated leaves you found on the road is called a Magic Tower. I have that one and then one with pink platelets that are sterile called Pink Butterfly. I bought it thinking it was just uncared for...wasn't I surprised! The bottom one also goes by the name Chandelier Plant, when I bought mine it had the Maternity Plant label also. Don't you just love the Fang! Great post...these are my favorites!

Catherine said...

Hi Candy! Yes, Mandy is correct, that first Kalanchoe is Kalanchoe Serrata "Magic Tower." I found it growing like wildfire by the side of the road on my way home from work one day in bumper-to-bumper traffic! Hehe...After weeks of gawking in wonderment, I finally stopped the car and collected a bunch of'em with a grocery bag. One thing I will say is, as amazing and beautiful as it is, it is pretty invasive. Those little beads rain down by the hundreds over a short amount of time and they sprout up new plants just as fast. Tip: When they get really tall and big their roots become enormous and dominate planters, I've also has to tear them out of my ground landscaping because they choke other plants. But, they're gorgeous and I love them... I also have the Pink Butterfly, pink version, they are stunning. I call them my dinosaur plants :)


Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

You are awesome Catherine! Thank you sooooo much for the name! And yes I am plucking them out here and there all the time!