Friday, April 24, 2015

The Very Maternal, 'Mother of Thousands' Kalanchoe



My cousin, Pat, sent me these pictures today so that I could identify her plant. Common names can vary and I have seen similar kalanchoes called Mother of Thousands, which makes sense. This fascinating Kalanchoe will develop masses of baby plants all along the edges of its leaves!  I believe this is a hybrid that is related to the Kalanchoe daigremonitiana, which has the same phenomenal way of reproducing. What will those botanists hybridize next?

Kalanchoes are easy-to-grow succulents and all produce flowers, some more showy than others. These handsome and robust natives of Tropical Africa and Madagascar are great for beginners. When repotting, if you add just enough sand, to regular potting soil, so that sand is about 10% of the mixture, that would suit them well.  Special soil mixes for cacti and succulents should work well also. 

 Care Instructions--
  • Requires direct sun for the strongest growth.
  • Water when the top of the soil if quite dry.  Water thoroughly. 
  • Fertilize regularly. 

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Thanks, Pat!