Kalanchoe hildebrandtii Baill.
Kalanchoe gomphophylla, Kalanchoe hirta
Kalanchoe hildebrandtii is a shrubby succulent plant, up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall, with woody stems and lovely smooth silver-grey leaves. K. hildebrandtii and Kalanchoe bracteata are similar looking and sometimes mistaken for each others. They are distinguished by their flowers. K. hildebrandtii has white flowers that are not as attractive as the red ones of K. bracteata. Flowers are very small and bell-shaped.
How to Grow and Care
Kalanchoes are not particularly hard to grow, and the flowering varieties are highly rewarding for their colorful and long-lasting flowers. Many people discard the plants after the bloom is over, but this isn’t really necessary. Simply cut off the flowering head, let the plant rest with reduced water, and resume its normal care. It should flower naturally in spring. Professional growers force Kalanchoes to bloom throughout the year (they are a short-day plant).
The two pendant Kalanchoes make excellent hanging plants. They prefer bright, sunny locations, especially in the summer growing season. During the winter, consider a south-facing window. Water moderately throughout the summer and reduce watering in the winter. Let the soil surface dry out between waterings, and in the winter, the plant can almost dry out. Watch the fleshy leaves for signs of water distress. They prefer warmth. Do not let fall below 55ºF (12.7ºC). Feed bi-weekly in the summer with a liquid fertilizer, or use slow-release pellets.
Many kinds of Kalanchoe will produce tiny plantlets along the leaf margins that can be individually potted up… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe.
Native to southern and south-western Madagascar.
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