Mediterranean succulents - Kalanchoe and Kalankoe

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The Kalanchoe (or Kalankoe, it is the same plant) are succulents with hanging bell flowers. They have shapes and original colors. This genus of succulent is very heat and sunshine resistant, but some of them don't like cold weather. They may be planted in ground but the most sensitive must be protected. Bring it inside before the first night frost! The Kalanchoe need no particular care, they grow by themselves! Of course, they can live indoor the whole year, but they prefer spend their times, outside, at the end of spring to the end of autumn. Give them water once a week and very few in winter. Don't forget the soil of a Kalanchoe must be kept moist if the succulent is in a container: there is no risk of frost!

 

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Kalanchoe beharensis:

The kalanchoe beharensis or " elephant's ear Kalanchoe" is one of the very large succulents. Its leaves are rigid but soft as velvet and hairy covered. They protect the succulent and recover the water. It loses its lower leaves in summer and forms a plant that can reach 3 meters high.

Kalanchoe beharensis cares:

kalanchoe beharensis exposure: full sun for mature plant or part sun. kalanchoe beharensis cold hardiness: -2 C. Moderate watering all time. Kalanchoe beharensis propagation: by stem cuttings or by a piece of leaf cuttings.

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Kalanchoe beharensis

Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang':

The Kalanchoe beaharensis 'Fang' is a cultivated variety from the Kalanchoe beharensis. This succulent is less hight. The leaves tend to brown. This plant is named  for the" fang like" texture on the underside of the leaves.

Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang'cares:

Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang' exposure: full sun for mature plant or part sun. kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang' cold hardiness: -2 C. Moderate watering all time. Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang' propagation: by stem cuttings or by a piece of leaf cuttings.

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Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang'

Kalanchoe daigremontiana:

Kalanchoe Daigremontiana is a succulent with dark spotted leaves. This prolific Kalanchoe is able to grow full sun and doesn't need watering. In summer, its "babies" are hung at the leaves. This plant can be confused with Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii'

Kalanchoe daigremontiana care:

Full sun (preferable) exposure; moderate watering for plant in container (unecessary in ground); frost hardiness: -4C (25F); propagation  by vegetative reproduction

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Kalanchoe daigremontiana
Kalanchoe delagoensis:

The leaves of the Kalanchoe delagoensis are very surprisisng. They looks like matches. This succulent creates a rod of about fifty centimeters, after which the flowers hang bell-shaped. Light brown leaves with black spots. Very prolific. The culture of this species of Kalanchoe is easy on the Mediterranean coast. The Kalanchoe delagoensis reachs one meter tall easily.

Kalanchoe delagoensis cares:

Kalanchoe delagoensis exposure. Kalanchoe delagoensis hardiness: -2C (28F). Moderate watering all time. Kalanchoe delagoensis propagation: by vegetative propagation.

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kalanchoe delagoensis

Flower of Kalanchoe delagoensis
Flower of Kalanchoe delagoensis
Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi:

Kalanchoe fedtchenkoi grows in any soil and forms a little bush. Velvety to the touch, the red margins leaves are bluish green and 5cm long. The Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi reaches 50 cm high.

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi cares:

Kalanchoe fedtchenkoi exposure: Mid shade or full sun. Kalanchoe fedtchenkoi hardiness: -4 C (25 F). Kalanchoe fedtchenkoi watering: moderate all time. Kalanchoe fedtchenkoi: propagation: by stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, and vegetative propagation.

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kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Hanging bell flowers of Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi:

Kalanchoe fedtchenkoi hanging bell flower

Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri

The Kalanchoe gastonis bonnieri is a medium succulent. It reachs 30 cm hight, without the flower. The leaves are rigid. They are green and dark spotted. They are they are jagged when the plant is mature.

Kalanchoe gastonis bonnieri care:

Full sun exposure, Kalanchoe gastonis bonnieri hardiness: 0C (32F); moderate watering, but keep wet soil.

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Juvenile Kalanchoe gastonis bonnieri
Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii':

Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii' grows tall with jagged leaves on which sprout new small plants.The leaves are medium green above and blotched with purple underneath.
Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii' elongates vertically upwards by as much as 30 cm, at the flowering season (winter) and becomes a one meter tall succulent. This plant can be confused with Kalanchoe daigremontiana.

Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii' cares:

Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii' exposure: Mid shade or full sun. Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii' hardiness: -4 C (25 F). Moderate watering all time. Remove the 'Babies', this is a very invasive plant. Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii' propagation: by stem cuttings or vegetative propagation.

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Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii'
Purple hanging bell flowers of the Kalanchoe 'Houghtonii':

Kalanchoe houghtonii hanging bell flowers

kalanchoe laetivirens:

Kalanchoe laetivirens is a succulent with green and rubbery textured leaves. It is native from Madagascar.

Kalanchoe laetivirens care:

Kalanchoe laetivirens exposure: part sun or full sun. Kalanchoe laetivirens hardiness: -2 C (28 F). Moderate watering. This Kalanchoe can become invasive.

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kalanchoe laetivirens
Kalanchoe laxiflora

The Kalanchoe laxiflora is a small kalanchoe (30 cm tall) with brown and green leaves. This succulents looks like the Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (look at the leaves). The main difference is the flower. The Kalanchoe laxiflora is a hardy Kalanchoe.

Kalanchoe laxiflora care:

Full sun exposure; Kalanchoe laxiflora hardiness: -4C (25F); moderate watering. Kalanchoe laxiflora propagation: stem cuttings.

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Kalanchoe laxiflora
Orange flower of the Kalanchoe laxiflora
flower of the Kalanchoe laxiflora
Kalanchoe luciae:

The Kalanchoe luciae become a big succulent of 80 cm. This Kalanchoe has large and rigid leaves. The old ones become red at sun, in winter. The leaves are red margined. The young leaves are covered by a white bloom. The stem is 4 cm large and rigid.

Kalanchoe luciae care:

Kalanchoe luciae exposure: full sun or part sun; Kalanchoe luciae hardiness: -2C (28F), moderate watering all time

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Kalanchoe luciae
Kalanchoe marmorata:

The Kalanchoe marmorata is a 30 cm tall succulent, when it is growing in container. It reachs 130 cm into the wild. The leaves are green (sometimes yellow in winter) with purple markings.

Kalanchoe marmorata cares:

Kalanchoe marmorata exposure: Mid shade or full sun. Kalanchoe marmorata hardiness: -2 C (28 F). Watering: moderate all time. Kalanchoe marmorata propagation: by stem cuttings.

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kalanchoe marmorata

Kalanchoe marnieriana (syn: Kalanchoe humbertii):

The Kalanchoe marnieriana is a 30 cm tall succulent. This plant forms a small shrub. The leaves are pale blue, and red margined. They are glabrous and ovoid. The Kalanchoe marnieriana can form aerian roots.

Kalanchoe marnieriana care:

Full sun exposure; Kalanchoe marnieriana hardiness: -2C (28F); moderate watering, but it is better to keep a moist soil. Propagation by stem cuttings or vegetative reproduction.

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Kalanchoe marnieriana
Kalanchoe marnieriana orange flower
Kalanchoe marnieriana
Kalanchoe millotii:

Small kalanchoe with pale green and hairy leaves. Be careful with the hardiness!

Kalanchoe millotii care:


Kalanchoe millotii exposure: full sun. Kalanchoe millotii hardiness: 0C (32 F). Moderate watering all time
Kalanchoe millotii
Kalanchoe orgyalis (Syn. Kalanchoe antanosiana):

This succulent is also called Kalanchoe orgyalis 'Copper Spoons'. The Kalanchoe orgyalis have a bronze coloured dust on green leaves. They are short hairy.

Kalanchoe orgyalis care:

Kalanchoe orgyalis exposure: Mid shade, part sun or full sun. Kalanchoe orgyalis hardiness: -2 C (28 F). Watering: moderate.

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Kalanchoe orgyalis (Copper spoons)
Kalanchoe humilis (kalanchoe 'Partridge'):

The Kalanchoe humilis has purple stripes on its green and rigid leaves. In summer a flower spike with small purple blossoms appears from the center of the open rosette

Kalanchoe humilis (or Kalanchoe 'Partridge') care:

Kalanchoe humilis exposure: part sun or full sun. Kalanchoe humilis hardiness: -2 C (28 F). Moderate watering all time. Kalanchoe humilis propagation: stem cuttings.

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kalanchoe humilis

Kalanchoe pinnata:

The Kalanchoe pinnata is a succulent with green leaves. They are red jagged. The leaf is medium (15 cm x 6), slim but rigid. The stem creates red branches if the plant is located full sun. This succulent is 30 cm, and it is in observation.

Kalanchoe pinnata care

Full sun exposure; Kalanchoe pinnata hardiness: unhnown (probably 0C or 32F); maoderate watering.

Kalanchoe pinnata
Kalanchoe pumila:

The Kalanchoe pumila is a low Kalanchoe with blue grey leaves and pink flower. It can be used like a groun cover. Sweet succulent.

Kalanchoe pumila care:

Kalanchoe pumila exposure: part sun or full sun. Kalanchoe pumila hardiness: -4 C (25 F). Moderate watering all time. Kalanchoe pumila propagation: stem cuttings.


Kalanchoe pumila
pink flower of the Kalanchoe pumila:

pink flower of Kalanchoe pumila

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa var. rhombopilosa:

The leaves of the Kalanchoe rhombopilosa are very brittle. They are green, for the youngest, or brown, for the old one. They look like a triangle. This small succulent doensn't like the low temperatures.

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa care:


Kalanchoe rhombopilosa exposure: Part sun or full sun. Kalanchoe rhombopilosa hardiness: 0C (32 F). Moderate watering all time. Kalanchoe rhombopilosa propagation: leaf cuttings.

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Kalanchoe rhombopilosa
Kalanchoe sexangularis:

The Kalanchoe sexangularis is 80 centimeters tall, with rubbery textured leaves which turn really red at sun. The Kalanchoe elongates vertically upwards by as much as 30 cm at the flowerin season (winter).

Kalanchoe sexangularis care:

Kalanchoe sexangularis exposure: full sun or part sun; Kalanchoe sexangularis hardiness: -2C (28F), moderate watering all time; Kalanchoe sexangularis propagation: by stem cuttings.

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Kalanchoe sexangularis

Yellow flower of Kalanchoe sexangularis
Flower of Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe suarezensis:

Kalanchoe suarezensis is a Kalanchoe native from Madagascar which grows on limestone. This succulent,when it is mature, is 50 cm hight. The leaves are green and thick but are not flreshy. They support the "babies" at the end (it is usual for many Kalanchoe). The stem is 3 cm in diameter.

Kalanchoe suarezensis care:

Full sun exposure; moderate watering, Kalanchoe suarezensis haardiness: 0C (32F); propagation by vegetative propagation or stem cuttings
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Kalanchoe suarezensis
Kalanchoe synsepala:

The Kalanchoe synsepala is a rare Kalanchoe with rigid and green leaves with red margins. Mature, this succulent creates some arching runners (stolons) where the offsets are hanging.

Kalanchoe synsepala care:

Kalanchoe synsepala exposure: full sun or part sun; Kalanchoe synsepala hardiness: -2C (28F). Moderate watering all time (the soil must be wet).

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Kalanchoe synsepala
Kalanchoe synsepala flower
Kalanchoe synsepala
Kalanchoe tomentosa:

The Kalanchoe tomentosa has a dark grey and hairy leaves with gold edges. It can reach 80 cm and blooms in summer.

Kalanchoe tomentosa  care:

Kalanchoe tomentosa exposure: full sun for mature plant or part sun. Kalanchoe tomentosa hardiness: -2 C (28 F). Moderate watering all time. Kalanchoe tomentosa propagation: by leaf cuttings or stem cuttings.


Kalanchoe tomentosa
Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier':

Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' has a dark grey and hairy leaves with brown chocolate edges. It can reach 80 cm and blooms in summer.

Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' care:

Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' exposure: full sun for mature plant or part sun. Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' hardiness: -2 C (28 F). Moderate watering all time.Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' propagation: by stem cuttings or leaf cuttings.

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kalanchoe tomentosa 'chocolate soldier'
Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier':

The colour of the leaves of Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' can be different. On the picture, at right, there is a Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' with green leaves, and this is a leaf cutting of a grey leaf kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate soldier' (at left).


 

kalanchoe tomentosa 'chocolate soldier'

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