It started out small, but now is huge…almost frighteningly so, when it comes time to move it inside for the winter.
But even R (who fears a takeover) has been won over by the velvety leaves (at their best when just emerging, like these).
In an effort to tame the beast, I cut the secondary stem back a bit. As you can see, it is recovering nicely and looks like it may even branch out from the cut.
Encouraged by the ease with which I have propagated other Kalanchloes, I put the cutting in a pot on the windowsill.
It, too, is putting on new growth.
This plant bore the same name, Kalanchloe beharensis, on its label, but the form is quite different. Anybody know what the deal is there? The undersides of those leaves are quite warty. I bought one out of curiosity and put it in the same pot with the smooth-leaved one. It’s not looking terribly happy…maybe suffering from an inferiority complex.
I really love the strange, linear form with a few little poufs of leaves taken by this Kalanchloe fedtshenkoi. I have started and given away many cuttings from this plant and each one seems to take on a personality of its own.
Nicknamed ‘Paddle Plant’ or ‘Pancake Plant’, Kalanchloe thyrsiflora is just limping along. Mites love it and I have a hard time keeping ahead of them with soap spray.
Not so Kalanchloe orgyatum. This plant is another that has parented many starts. The new plants have a freshness that daddy lacks, with a reddish underside to the plump leaves. I guess I’ve never met a Kalanchloe I didn’t like, but the first one featured here gets my stamp of approval and ‘Favorite’ status, jumping on Danger Garden’s weekly favorite bandwagon.