The characteristics of kalanchoe thyrsiflora
- Type: flower and flowering plant
- Height: up to 1.50m
- Flower color: white, pink, red, yellow
- Desired exposure: sunny
- Type of soil: humiferous, sandy
- Foliage: persistent
- Interview : significant light requirement
- Sanitizing: no
Origins and characteristics of kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Originally from Madagascar, kalanchoe (kalanchoe) is a perennial succulent belonging to the crassulaceae family. Grown indoors as an apartment or garden plant in a mild climate, it is adorned with pretty yellow and red flowers in late winter and early spring.
It is very common among florists. Easy to grow, this succulent plant requires very little maintenance. If given the right growing conditions, the kalanchoe can live for years.
In summer, take out your kalanchoe thyrsiflora and place them in a flower bed. The outdoors will do him good and this creates an original massif in your garden. We also very often use kalanchoe to create compositions. You can combine it with other plants in your garden such as ivy, ficus, begonia, cypress, fuschia, etc.
There are a multitude of species with varied ports and foliage. The most common varieties are Brossfeld Kalanchoe (kalanchoe blossfeldiana) with red and pink flowers, the Grémont kalanchoe (kalanchoe daigremontiana) known for its long, crenellated leaves and kalanchoe thyrsiflora appreciated for its very decorative foliage.
Note that the leaves of some kalanchoe species are poisonous. Avoid leaving your pots or planters within the reach of children or animals.
Kalanchoe is a succulent plant that is mainly grown in pots. Planting is carried out in April, whether in a pot or in the ground if you prefer to have it in your garden.
The plant appreciates well-drained soil, not too wet. Add potting soil or heather earth mixed with coarse sand or perlites to have a properly drained soil.
Install your kalanchoe in a sunny place to promote its growth. The ideal location for this plant? Behind a well exposed window for indoor cultivation.
The room temperature should also be tempered. Kalanchoe does not tolerate temperatures below 5 to 7 ° C.
Maintenance of kalanchoe
Kalanchoe loves light and sun and can therefore be placed behind a window without suffering (except during very hot weather). During flowering, a supply of liquid fertilizer is recommended every fortnight. To encourage the multiplication of new flowers, remove the wilted flowers and repot it every year in the fall or after flowering periods.
The good health of a kalanchoe depends largely on watering. It should be watered otherwise its leaves may rot at the base. Wait until the soil is completely dry between each watering. Generally, 1 to 2 waterings per week are enough during flowering, 1 to 2 waterings every two weeks outside and 1 to 2 waterings per month in winter.
Multiplication of kalanchoe
Kalanchoe propagates easily by cuttings in the fall, by cutting the end of a stem by 8 cm. After having left it dry for a day, soak it in the hormone of cuttings and install the stem in a pot containing special potting or sowing potting soil. To ensure rooting, keep the cuttings warm and light.
Diseases, pests and parasites of kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Kalanchoe is a plant very rarely affected by diseases. However, it can be attacked by floury mealybugs, especially at the stems and leaves.
If these attack the roots, the plant becomes weak and its growth is stopped. Do not hesitate to use beer or methylated spirits to eliminate them.