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KALANCHOE blossfeldiana (CALANDIVA® SERIES)

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Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

KALANCHOE blossfeldiana( CALANDIVA® SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Calandiva® Flowering Kalanchoe, Flowering Kalanchoe

General Description

Flowering kalanchoe is a succulent tender perennial from Madagascar grown for its bright colorful blooms. Cultivars in the Calandiva® Series bear dense clusters of showy double flowers that resemble rose blossoms. Flowers may be red, orange, pink, purple, white, or combinations thereof. These clump-forming evergreens have thick, glossy, oval-shaped green leaves, often with scalloped red edges. The flowers naturally appear in winter and early spring, but greenhouse grown specimens are cultivated to bloom at all times of year. Flowering continues for at least 6 weeks.

For best growth provide bright light and average well-drained soil. It is wise to protect plants from scorching afternoon sun, especially in regions where summers are very hot. Most kalanchoes are drought resistant and sensitive to root and stem rot, so water sparingly.

It can be challenging to get flowering kalanchoe to re-bloom because flowering is triggered by short days and long nights. The best method is to provide ample and consistent natural daylight, which will allow the natural blooming cycle to take place.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Madagascar

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Purple, Orange, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No