Kalanchoe Humilis – Everything You Need To Know About This Beautiful Varigated Succulent

Kalanchoe Humilis is native to Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique. This type of plant grows well on rocks, rocky islands, and river falls. It is also known as the “Desert Surprise”.

Features of Kalanchoe Humilis

It is a stunning succulent known for its pale green leaves, marked with purple or maroon spots. Kalanchoe Humilis grows up to 3 feet tall. The stems have few branches, are woody at the base, color purple, and grow up to 8 inches long. The leaves are egg-shaped and arranged in upright rosettes. They can grow up to 5.5 inches long and 2.4 inches wide. Kalanchoe Humilis blooms in the mid-summer season. It produces flowers in the colors purple, green, or red. The flowers are erect and branched up to 12 inches. Generally, the plant has a striking appearance that makes it a fantastic addition to any indoor and succulent outdoor gardens.

Kalanchoe Humilis Care

#1. Ideal Sunlight

It is advisable to place the plant outdoors during the summer season so it can enjoy the sun as it thrives best in bright sunny places. The plant can grow under full to partial shade sunlight. If you experience scorching temperatures, it is advisable to place this succulent indoors or under partial shade to avoid damage to your plant. If placed indoors, make sure that it is near bright sunny windows. This is to ensure that your Kalanchoe Humilis is still getting enough sunlight.

#2. Temperature and Humidity

Staying in a warm temperature is preferred by this plant. It cannot also tolerate freezing temperatures, so you might need to place it indoors during the winter season. Avoid placing it in a location that experiences cold temperatures below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

#3. Soil

Your Kalanchoe Humilis will thrive in a well-draining soil mixture. You may opt to use the regular succulent soil, or you may prepare your potting mixture. Mix 40 to 50 percent sand or grit with peat moss for your mixture. Make sure that you avoid using a clay potting medium. Using clay is not healthy for your plant as the water will accumulate and cause your roots to rot.

#4. Watering

You do not need to worry so much about not watering. It is better to underwater succulents than to overwater them in most cases as they do not usually survive. Check if the topsoil is already completely dry before watering.

#5. Potting

It is advisable that once the plant grows more extensive than its pot, you will have to transfer it to a bigger pot every year. This is for your Kalanchoe Humilis to grow fuller. Aside from choosing a pot with suitable drainage holes, you may also add pebbles or broken pot shards to aid in drainage. Drainage holes are significant because they avoid overwatering and unwanted water retention on your container.

#6. Fertilizers

Your Kalanchoe Humilis might require fertilizer during its growing season. It helps in supplying nutrients such as Calcium, Magnesium, and Iron. You may feed this plant every two weeks or weeks when it is not growing. You may use a fast-acting soluble or a slow-release fertilizer. Fertilizing will only be beneficial if you water this plant properly.

#7. Pests and Diseases

This type of plant is resistant to diseases and pests. However, check your plant for aphids, scale, spider mites, and nematodes. Common symptoms to check if pests attack your plant is to check the leaves for any torn or bites. To remove these pests, use non-toxic insecticides.

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Kalanchoe Humilis Propagation

This plant can be propagated through stem or leaf cuttings. For easy reference, here’s a step-by-step guide we prepared for you.

Propagation by cuttings

  • Choose a stem or leaves that have no blooming flowers; make sure they are trimmed
  • The best time to propagate through this method is from spring to summer
  • Trim the cuttings a few inches while making sure not to cut nodes or leaves
  • Let the cuttings dry for 2 to 3 days
  • Dip the cuttings in rooting hormone powder
  • Plant it in a well-draining soil mixture
  • After 2 to 3 weeks, your cuttings should start to develop roots

Final Words

As we end this article, we hope you are now excited about your own Kalanchoe Humilis. It is a rare beautiful succulent that only requires minimal care. Its beautiful purple to reddish and green colors is a refreshing look from the usual succulents we knew. This plant mostly survives in a warm environment with proper soil, watering, and fertilizer. You do not need to worry about not frequently watering your plant or not pruning.

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