Kalanchoe Laetivirens

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Looking for your next plant baby could be a tedious task. With the variety of plants around us, plants may look the same as each other already at one point or another. Aside from the plants’ appearances, it is also vital that you consider the care requirements of your ideal plant as a plant lover. It is essential to know what to expect and give to your plant. For this article, we will get to know more about a specific type of succulents called Kalanchoe Laetivirens.

Origin Of Kalanchoe Laetivirens

Kalanchoe Laetivirens is also known for its scientific name “Bryophyllum Laetivirens” and common name “Mother of Thousands” or “Mother of Millions”. This plant is a hybrid between Kalanchoe Laxiflora and Kalanchoe Daigremontiana. Kalanchoe Laetivirens is native to Madagascar and in regions with temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius.

Morphological Features

Morphological Features of kalanchoe laetivirens
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This is a very unusual succulent with large bluish-green leaves and baby plantlets around the edges. Kalanchoe Laetivirens leaves can grow up to 8 inches long and 3 inches wide. Usually, the leaves appear bell-shaped and have this dainty unique look. Kalanchoe Laetivirens blooms every early spring and produces pink bell-shaped flowers. It is a beautiful perennial succulent that stems from the root and branches out into rosettes. The name “Mother of Thousands” came from its small plantlets around the edges. Another fascinating feature of this succulent is its yellowish-red tinges on its terminal leaves and the reddish crest of the leaves’ edges.

Medicinal Purposes

Some studies reveal that Kalanchoe Laetivirens have soothing effects on wounds and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, Kalanchoe Laetivirens is good for burns, rheumatisms, rashes, and hypertension. Some proofs from traditional medicine pointed out that daily consumption of Kalanchoe Laetivirens fresh leaves is a treatment against cancer. However, part of Kalanchoe Laetivirens care is to note that it is toxic.

Toxicity

Almost all plants under the Kalanchoe genus can be toxic to humans and animals. Ensure that your pets and kids are not left unattended with this type of plant. Kalanchoe Laetivirens can cause severe skin and digestive problems when ingested.

Kalanchoe Laetivirens Care

Care for kalanchoe laetivirens
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Ideal Sunlight

Generally, Kalanchoe Laetiviren’s care is very minimal. However, sunlight plays a significant role in your plant’s survival. Take note that intense sunlight can burn Kalanchoe Laetiviren’s tip leaves. You will need to place your pot under light shade to receive the required amount of partial sunlight.

Temperature and Humidity

Part of Kalanchoe Laetiviren’s care is to place your plant at the optimum best temperatures ranging from 18 to 20 degrees Celsius during daytime and nighttime. If the temperature drops below 16 degrees Celsius, expect that your plant’s growth will be delayed, and you might experience blind eyes or no flowering. Generally, Kalanchoe Laetivirens prefers a dry environment as an extra moist environment might cause fungi. Indoor and outdoor humidity should not be maintained at high levels.

Soil Requirements

The soil for your Kalanchoe Laetivirens must be loose and ventilated. This type of soil helps ensure that your plant won’t experience overwatering and root rot. Make sure that the topsoil is completely dry before watering. You may purchase suitable succulent planting soil at your local garden center. Standard soil formulation is 4-part peat moss, 2-part perlite, 2-part volcanic rock, and 2-part vermiculite.

Proper Watering

A small amount of watering during your Kalanchoe Laetivirens growing season will suffice. During its dormant season, you need to water it less frequently. You may water your plant regularly during spring, autumn, and summer, and occasionally during winter.

Potting

You might need to re-pot your Kalanchoe Laetivirens every year. Usually, this type of Kalanchoe grows faster compared to others. When repotting, take extra care of the leaves as they tend to be brittle or easily snap. You may opt to use a clay pot with enough drainage holes to ensure that the water flows continuously out of your container.

Repotting

You might need to re-pot your Kalanchoe Laetivirens every year. Usually, this type of Kalanchoe grows faster compared to others. When repotting, take extra care of the leaves as they tend to be brittle or easily snap. You may opt to use a clay pot with enough drainage holes to ensure that the water flows continuously out of your container.

Pruning

You may opt for pruning to keep your succulents clean, tidy, and organized.

Fertilizer Needs

These succulents do not need fertilization. However, feeding your plant helps ensure that they get enough nutrients to thrive. It is enough to dilute the fertilizer by watering once a year.

Common Pests and Diseases

An environment with high temperature and humidity is an area that is easy to grow bacteria. Because of this, it is not surprising to find your Kalanchoe Laetivirens suffering from certain pests and diseases. Among the most common diseases are fatal black rot, sooty mold, and powdery mildew. Due to growing bacteria, it is advisable to sterilize your Kalanchoe Laetivirens at least once a month before summer. You may do this by simply spraying a carbendazim and water mixture on the ground parts of your succulent, such as its leaves and stems. In case you see certain molds or other unhealthy symptoms on your plant, it is advisable to isolate it immediately and to cut off the affected part.

In terms of pests, the most common ones are aphids, scale insects, spider mites, and white butterflies. Your Kalanchoe Laetivirens are prone to have these pests during the summer season. In case you are starting to notice any discoloration on your plants’ leaves, it is advisable to spray mild insecticide during the evening. Just a reminder, when treating a succulent with pests and other diseases, ensure that you place your plant in a well-ventilated environment. You may also opt to re-pot your Kalanchoe Laetivirens in case the pests are recurring. In doing this, don’t forget to use well-draining soil and dip the root of your plant for 1 to 2 minutes in insecticide.

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Kalanchoe Laetivirens Propagation

lanchoe Laetivirens Propagation
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Part of Kalanchoe Laetiviren’s care is proper propagation. This plant can be propagated through plantlets or cuttings. To make your propagation easier, below is the step-by-step propagation of your Kalanchoe Laetivirens.

Propagation by stem or leave cuttings

  • Choose a stem with leaves that are not blooming. Make sure that it is trimmed.
  • The best time to propagate through this method is between spring and autumn.
  • Trim the stem a few inches while making sure not to cut nodes or leaves.
  • Let the stem dry for 2 to 3 days.
  • Dip the stem in rooting hormone powder.
  • Plant it in a well-draining soil mixture.
  • After 2 to 3 weeks, your cuttings should start to develop roots.

Propagation by plantlets

  • Use the plantlets sprout from the leaf tips of the mother plant.
  • Take more than one plantlet as it quickly dies. Plantlets fall off easily, so do not worry that you are hurting the mother plant.
  • Gently remove the plantlets and let them dry for a few days in a plastic bag.
  • Place the plantlets gently on a soil surface at around 1 inch apart.
  • Cover the container with plastic wrap to keep the moisture in.
  • Place the container in a sunny place.
  • Make sure that the soil is moist and not wet.
  • Monitor as the plantlets grow.
  • You may now remove the plastic wrap once the plants grow too tall for it.

Final Words

After reading this article, we hope that you might consider Kalanchoe Laetivirens to be your next plant baby. This unusual but undeniably beautiful plant is an eye-catcher for many plant lovers. We hope that you are now ready and were able to familiarize yourself with the care requirement it needs.

Caring for other Kalanchoes is pretty much the same. Here are more Kalanchoes for you to grind:

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