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Kalanchoe laetivirens – Mother of Thousands

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Scientific Name

Kalanchoe laetivirens Descoings

Common Names

Mother of Thousands, Mother of Millions

Synonyms

Bryophyllum laetivirens

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Kalanchoe laetivirens is a very unusual succulent plant with large, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide, bluish-green leaves with baby plantlets all around the serrated edges, giving them a dainty, unique appearance. It often send up a tall spike of bell-shaped, pinkish flowers in early spring.

Photo via lapshin.org

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. 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). An ordinary potting soil mix is fine. 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.

Origin

Native to Madagascar.

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