Kalanchoe laciniata (L.) DC.
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Fir Tree Kalanchoe
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This species is native to Morocco, eastern, southern, and southwestern Africa, Arabian Peninsula, and southern India. It occurs in open bushland, scrub, and margins of thickets at elevations from 1,480 to 6.650 feet (450 to 2,000 m).
Kalanchoe laciniata is a succulent plant with a reddish, erect, usually simple stem and thick fleshy green leaves that vary in shape. It grows up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall. Leaves are petiolate, usually compound or dissected, rarely undivided or 3-lobed. Leaflets are ovate, lanceolate, or linear, with regularly toothed or serrated margins. They are up to 5.6 inches (14 cm) long and 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide. Flowers are fragrant and vary in color from yellow and yellow-green to orange. They appear in summer in dense flat-topped clusters forming a panicle-like, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall inflorescence.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Kalanchoe care is minimal but be cautious about light levels. Intense sunlight can burn the tips of the leaves. Place pots in partial sun to light shade areas when growing Kalanchoes.
The flowering varieties are highly rewarding for their colorful and long-lasting flowers. They prefer bright, sunny locations, especially in the growing season. Water moderately from fall to winter when the growth is most active. Reduce watering during the hottest summer months when the plants are mostly dormant and winter when the growth slows down significantly. Let the soil surface dry out between waterings. Watch the fleshy leaves for signs of water distress. An ordinary potting soil mix is fine. Feed bi-weekly during the growing season 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe.
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