Kalanchoe humilis 5.5cm
Kalanchoe humilis Britten - Καλανχόη
It is a very showy and decorative succulent, characterized by rosettes of fleshy ovoid leaves, of a blue-greyish color, and enriched with very evident purple or brown stripes and spots.
The foliage has borders with rounded teeth - another peculiarity, which, combined with the chromatic appearance, gave it the nickname of "surprise of the desert", to indicate, how its charm is truly unique!
It's a small low-growing succulent with very decorative leaves, also called 'Spotted Kalanchoe' for its green, oval leaves covered with irregular red, brown and purple dots and streaks.
During the cool autumn period the colors of the leaves intensify; for this reason it is advisable to keep it outside in autumn.
The upright panicle-shaped inflorescence is not particularly decorative.
Thanks to its low habit it is perfect as a table centerpiece or as a small bonbonniere.
- It likes very bright places, however, avoid direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 8 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately in spring and summer but only when the soil is completely dry and suspend it completely in winter.
- The best soil is a well-draining one, even better if further enriched with inert materials such as pumice, sand or lapilli.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.