Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a member of the Kalanchoe genus and was first described by botanist Michel Adanson in 1763. It is said to have received its name from a Chinese species of the plant.
This plant has green, glossy leaves, which have scalloped edges. These can become tinged with red when exposed to direct light for an extended period. Although these thick leaves can seem quite strong, they are in fact slightly brittle and will break easily if mishandled.
The Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is native to Madagascar and will bloom at temperatures of between 15 and 16 degrees Celsius. Because it originated from a warm climate, it does not require too much watering and can retain moisture in its leaves for significant periods of time.
This plant typically starts to bloom in December of each year and so if purchasing the plant for its floral display, this is the best time period in which to buy it. The blooms should last for about 6 to 8 weeks, if they are well cared for.
The Kalanchoe genus is a member of the Crassulaceae family and the species is blossfeldiana. Of the 125 variants of Kalanchoe, the blossfeldiana is one of the most popular.
Keep this plant out of strong, direct sunlight; although exposure to the morning sun is fine. The Kalanchoe is best kept in a shady setting. From the end of spring to the beginning of autumn, feed the plant with a monthly dose of fertiliser.
Did You Know?
Although the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana was originally grown in Madagascar, it was named after a man named Robert Blossfeld in 1932, after he introduced this plant to the rest of the world.