Kalanchoe 'Pink Butterflies'
Pink Mother of Thousands
Bryophyllum 'Pink Butterflies'
Kalanchoe 'Pink Butterflies' is an incredibly colorful, variegated form of Kalanchoe х houghtonii. The original hybrid is a cross between Kalanchoe daigremontiana and Kalanchoe delagoensis. The difference between the parent plant and K. 'Pink Butterflies' is that both parents of the original hybrid are "viviparous," producing hundreds of tiny plantlets on their leaves that readily fall from the parents and take root with little to no effort. K. 'Pink Butterflies' while still producing copious quantities of tiny, pink, butterfly-like plantlets on its leaves, have lost their ability to root from plantlets. Sometimes a couple might take, but in general, no. They are pink because they lack chlorophyll. Thus like any variegated plant that lacks chlorophyll, they simply die.
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.
Kalanchoe 'Pink Butterflies' is a variegated form of an old hybrid that was hard to track down its heritage. The original hybrid Kalanchoe х houghtonii was a cross between Kalanchoe daigremontiana and Kalanchoe delagoensis. At some point, a variegated sport of this hybrid appeared, and K. 'Pink Butterflies' came to be.
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