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Kalanchoe bracteata (Silver Teaspoons)

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Scientific Name

Kalanchoe bracteata Scott-Elliot

Common Names

Silver Teaspoons

Synonyms

Kalanchoe bracteata var. bracteata, Кalanchoe nadyae

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Kalanchoeae
Genus: Kalanchoe

Description

Kalanchoe bracteata is a small compact shrubby succulent plant, up to 4 feet (1.2 m). The ovate leaves are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, with a slight point at the tip and short petioles. Typical K. bracteata has a silvery pubescence, there are varieties with smooth leaves. Kalanchoe orgyalis and K. bracteata are similar looking and sometimes mistaken for each others. They are distinguished by their flowers, but the pubescence of K. bracteata can be identified with its 3 angled, two lobed hairs. Kalanchoe hildebrandtii is another close species that can be distinguished by stalkless leaves and small white flowers. The flowers of K. orgyalis are yellow with greenish lobes while those of K. bracteata are red or orange-red. K. bracteata forms plantlets on the flower stem.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Kalanchoe care is minimal but be cautious about light levels. Strong southern light can burn the tips of the leaves. Place pots in partial sun to light shade areas when growing Kalachoes.

The flowering varieties are highly rewarding for their colorful and long-lasting flowers. 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. Don't let fall below 55 ºF (13 ºC). An ordinary potting soil mix is fine. Feed bi-weekly in the summer with a liquid fertilizer, or use slow-release pellets.

These small plants require repotting every few years. When repotting, take additional care in handling as the leaves are somewhat brittle and can snap easily. Clay pots work exceptionally well for planting Kalanchoes. Ensure pots can drain well, and saucers can empty easily… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe

Origin

Native to South Eastern Madagascar.

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