Succulent of the month: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

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Originating from Madagascar, it belongs to the Crassulaceae family and its common names include flaming Katy and florist kalanchoe.

How to grow When grown indoors, plants need a warm room, bright, indirect light, and should not be overwatered. As a garden plant, it needs well-drained soil and can grow in sun or semishade. If plants become spindly, they need more sunlight. With a lot of sun, the leaves may become tinged with red. Do not let the soil dry out completely because the leaves will turn yellow and start to shrivel. Reduce watering in winter. To prolong flowering, remove dead flowers and feed with a liquid fertiliser during the flowering period. As an outdoor container plant it will do best with morning sun and afternoon shade.

Different types The multi-petalled ‘Calandiva’ is a new variety of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana and has the same growing and care requirements.

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