Houseplant of the Month – Kalanchoe
Single-flowered, double-flowered, rose-flowered and Bells are just some of the different types of Kalanchoe available. And you’ll find them in a kaleidoscope of colours ranging from vibrant hues like red, yellow, orange, fuchsia and purple to softer tones such as ivory, white, light yellow, soft pink, salmon, soft orange and soft red.
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, also known as Flaming Katy, is one of the most well-known varieties of this flowering houseplant. It has glossy, oval, succulent leaves and a profusion of bright, bold blooms. The flowers are composed of constellations of little stars in clusters and they can last for many weeks. From the Bells range is Kalanchoe ‘Magic Bells’, which has pale green flowers that dangle like bell-shaped grapes.
The Kalanchoe is a member of the Crassulaceae family and did you know that, like Echeveria, you can grow them outside? From the middle of May through to the middle of September when temperatures range from about 10 to 30 degrees Celsius, they’ll happily bloom in gardens, balconies, terraces and patios!
When buying Kalanchoe, look out for the brand names Calanday, Calandiva, Diamond Kalanchoe, Favorita, Gardenlina, Goodie, Grandiva, Le CHIC, Rosalina, Special Kalanchoes, Taranta and Tisento.
Care wise, Kalanchoes like to be kept in good light, but not direct sunlight. It’s best to only water them when the surface compost is dry, usually about once a week. Ideally, feed them with plant food once a fortnight to promote flowering.
INSTAGRAM PHOTO COMPETITION
I’m delighted to announce a special Instagram Photo Competition featuring the Kalanchoe!
Post your images of flowering Kalanchoes on Instagram with the #UnderTheKalanchoeSpell hashtag and you could be in with a chance of winning £300 worth of Kalanchoe plants! For full details, please click here. I can’t wait to see your photos!
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)