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A very interesting giant specie, inch thick jointed stems are waxy, as are the opposite pairs of fleshy, succulent leaves. Terminal inflorescence of yellow flowers from dangling four-sided box-like bracts yields a multitude of plantlets. Propagation: Bulbils coming after the flowers, underground stolons.
Native to South Africa, the Cotyledon orbiculata is a small shrub that grows up to 2-5 ft tall. Highly ornamental, its foliage consist of wide and fleshy green leaves that have a unique shape, often resembling a pig's ear, hence the common name.
Under the right conditions, this small shrub also produces large, eye-catching blossoms that can be of varied shades of red and crimson as well as vinous. These vibrant and intense colors attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the Cotyledon plants.
Cotyledon, being a diverse genus, has a wide range of temperature requirements. In USDA zones 9-11, these small shrubs can prove to be a very good choice for gardening. They require full sun and moderate water, planted in well-drained soil. In colder regions, they can be grown in containers and kept indoors during winter months. In such cases, keep the soil just damp.
The Cotyledon orbiculata is an easy care and low maintenance shrub and is ideal for small landscape areas, or for adding an interesting, sculptural touch to the rock or herb garden. With a moderate yet regular watering regime and good drainage, these lovely plants can brighten up any corner of your garden, providing you with a gorgeous display of vibrant flower colors to enjoy.
Echeveria is a large genus of succulents in the Crassulaceae family. The genus Echeveria is named after the 18th century Spanich botanist Atanasio Echeverria Codoy. Several of these species are outstanding garden plants.
x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' - Graptopetalum paraguayense X Echeveria gibbiflora
Pachyveria - hybrids between the Pachyphytum and Echeveria
Kalanchoe beharensis need full sun to part shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. Water sparingly at all times. The use of fertilizer is discouraged. They thrive in nutrient poor soils (equal amounts of loam and sand with gravel added for drainage). The stems are usually unbranched and may reach a height of 10 feet or more. Propagation: Kalanchoe beharensis is propagated by the removal of plants around the base of the main plant and by leaf cuttings. K.B.'Fang' is named for the stippled, fang-like texture on the underside of its leaves. A superb cultivar of beharensis. Habit of growth is similar to beharensis but the leaves are smaller. The leaves have brown margins in ideal light.
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a small shrub typically grown as an annual in cooler climates. It is a symmetrical plant with 2-5 feet tall and dark green leaves, and bears brightly colored flowers in the late autumn to early winter. The four petal flowers come in a a wide range of shades, from dark reds and pinks to oranges, golds and whites.
The plant enjoys full sun, but does tolerate some shade. It requires moderate amounts of water throughout the warmer months, but care must be taken not to overwater it, as too much can weaken the plant and make it susceptible to pests and diseases.
In cultivation, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is best suited to USDA zones 9-11 and can be grown in cooler climates as an annual in pots. When planting, ensure the area is sheltered from strong winds and provides plenty of sun, and select a fast draining soil mixture, such as one with a large proportion of perlite and/or sand. For best results, regularly fertilize and water, and bring the potted plant indoors during the colder months.
This small shrub is tolerant of flooding and frost, however, it is not cold hardy and extreme temperatures can cause significant damage to the branches and foliage. In order to protect the plant, it is best to either bring it inside, or to place in a sheltered and sunny spot.
This small shrub reaches heights of 2-5 feet and thrives best in full sun and moderate water. Kalanchoe attractive foliage makes it popular for container growing and as a houseplnat. It prefers somewhat dry and well-drained soil of moderate fertility. Foliage is evergreen, fleshy and decorated with soft scallops. Flowers are usually visible in spring and, depending of hybrid type, come in a variety of flowers, including yellow, white, pink, orange and red.
For best results, a bright spot near a window with some protection from midday and afternoon sun will provide the best balance between light and warmth. Mist the leaves frequently to encourage adequate moisturizing during the warmer months. Having more blooms requires more sun, so if the flowers start to fade, provide more light.
Kalanchoe is also a great choice for growing in a container and adding some beautiful color to your porch, balcony or terrace. It is also a good choice for a shady spot, in those areas plants may not live through exceptionally cold or rainy winters, or they may die back and become dormant during especially harsh winters.
For colder regions, Kalanchoe plants can be potted and grown indoors, where temperatures stay above frost. Place your Kalanchoe plants in a bright and warm spot, away from cold drafts. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not wet, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out before watering. Use a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during summer, but don't fertilize during the cold winter months. Kalanchoe plants are very tolerant of the coastal environment and can handle the salt air, so feel free to keep your houseplants outside provided they are in a container.
Native to Madagascar and commonly known as the “Madagascar Tree,” Kalanchoe dinklagei is a unique succulent plant with unique foliage, making it an eye-catching specimen. Usually grown as a large shrub 5-10 ft tall, it can reach heights of up to 20 ft and form a small tree.
Kalanchoe are sun-loving plants, and they thrive when given full sun exposure. When young, they can be grown in direct or diffused light, although direct sun in the late morning or early afternoon is recommended. Water should be moderate, minimum once a week in the growing season, but soil should be allowed to dry between waterings. Overwatering will cause yellowing and rotting of leaves and stems.
Kalanchoe dinklagei produces fragrant pink and white, off-white flowers in early spring. These flowers can cascade delicately down the sides of the container.
Kalanchoe dinklagei can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11 and is suitable for growing in containers. Keep in mind that in cooler climates, extreme temperatures should be avoided, so overwinter indoors or in a warm location. Plant Kalanchoe in well-draining, nutrient-rich potting soil, and in a pot that has drainage holes. Place the pot in an area where they can receive full sun, and remember to water moderately, allowing soil to dry between waterings. If you are growing Kalanchoe in a colder climate, you can move the pot indoors and maintain in a warm, humid environment. For best results, refrain from fertilizing too often as this can cause leaf urling.