Thursday, October 22, 2015


Although I have only ever grown them in pots or hanging baskets I am sure you could plant KALANCHOE as as border plant as well (see below).

My first kalanchoe was given me by my next door neighbour and it survives still.  I have bought several over the years and love the beautiful flowers of so many different hues.

Kalanchoe is a genus of about 125 species of tropical, succulent flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae, mainly native to the Old World.  Only one species of this genus originates from the Americas. 56 from southern and eastern Asia and 60 species in Madagascar. 

Most are shrubs or perennial herbacious plants, but a few are annual or biennial.  The largest Kalanchoe beharensis from Madasgascar, can reach 6 metres (20ft) tall, but most species are leas than 1 metre (3ft) tall.

These plants are cultivated as ornamental houseplants and rock or succulent garden plants.  They are popular because of their ease of propagation, low water requirements. and the wide variety of flower colours typically borne in clusters well above the foliage.


  1. I like them, but for some reason have never grown them. I wonder why not?

    1. Perhaps EC they are too easy to grow and not a sufficient challenge for you. You certainly do grow some very exotic plants.
      Why not buy just one kalanchoe and enjoy it?

    2. Easy to grow is high on my list of desirable attributes for a plant. Sadly there are too many things for which my green thumb is the black finger of death.

  2. Another of my favourites! I don't have any yet, but they're on my list to buy for the spaces I'll need to fill between the other succulents.
    My mum had heaps of these in her Port Pirie garden, a couple of dozen were in an old bathtub half sunk into the ground.

  3. Hari OM
    Oh yes I have had kalanchoe a few times over the years; here in Scotland in the early 1980s as houseplants - and then again in Asquith NSW in my garden! Sadly, my love of geraniums and pelargoniums won out and the kalas were ousted. Not without some regret... YAM xx