Visit The Milky Widow’s Thrill ‘Kalanchoe Laxiflora’

The plant Kalanchoe laxiflora, otherwise known as the Milky Widows Thrill, is a shrub-looking succulent from Madagascar. This succulent is from the Crassulaceae family, and it is perfect for adding to gardens, home settings, or even use for landscapes as it pairs great with rocks and other succulents.

Kalanchoe laxiflora typically will not reach a height any taller than around 20 inches due to them being a smaller succulent species. The plant features light green leaves, except for said leaves turning more gray or white, with reddish tips. Little orange flowers can appear blooming off the leaves’ tips during the blooming season.

Kalanchoe laxiflora succulents can be planted indoors or outdoors, as long as the temperatures remain safe. With that being said, a Kalanchoe laxiflora is relatively easy to care for and will rarely need attention. Nonetheless, it is essential to know what care instructions are vital for the health of the succulent. Read on to understand further the simple guidelines that should be considered when owning a Kalanchoe laxiflora.

Kalanchoe Laxiflora Care Guidelines

Soil Recommendations

Kalanchoe Laxiflora succulents do work better with a specific type of soil; however, there are two ways an owner can do so. A thicker soil, such as a cacti-based soil, or coarse sand, moss, and perlite mixture will suffice. Regardless of which mixture, make sure it is well-draining soil to reduce the chances of overwatering, leading to further complications.

Blooming Season & Dormancy

Consistent blooming happens during the springtime when temperatures are starting to get warmer. During this time, owners will notice those orange flowers beginning to bloom right before the plant goes dormant during the summer months.

Reminder: Watering should also happen less frequently during dormancy.

Sunlight Requirements

Kalanchoe Laxiflora requires bright sunlight conditions, whether indoors or outdoors; however, temperatures should be considered (refer to Temperature Requirements for more information on safe temperatures). If your succulent is indoors, it should be placed near a well-lit window where it will receive the necessarily needed hours of sunlight daily. If the sun seems to be hitting the succulent with hot rays, move the succulent away from the window for a few hours, or hang a sheer curtain for safety precautions.

Temperature Requirements

From what you’ve read in the Sunlight Requirements section, you may have assumed that Kalanchoe Laxiflora prefers warm temperatures. That is correct! These succulents flourish greatly when surrounded by warm temperatures. Specifically, temperatures ranging from 61 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit are vital for these succulents. Thus, temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit can potentially scorch the plant’s leaves, while temperatures below 61 degrees Fahrenheit can freeze the plant.

Watering Kalanchoe Laxiflora

Overwatering is a severe issue that Kalanchoe Laxiflora tend to experience when you water incorrectly; therefore, establishing a steady (and healthy) watering routine is essential. Kalanchoe Laxiflora requires times of neglect when it comes to watering habits – this succulent should only be watered once a week or possibly even once every two weeks. It all depends on how quickly your succulents soil is drying up. The succulent may need watering more frequently during the summertime, whereas less during the fall and winter months.

Feeding Kalanchoe Laxiflora

This species of succulents do not necessarily require fertilizing, as much as they appreciate it from time to time as a little boost. If you fertilize your Kalanchoe Laxiflora, it is best to use a liquid 20-20-20 mixture. This means the fertilizer possesses 20% each of potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus.

Common Problems, Pests, & Diseases

As mentioned in the Watering section of this article, overwatering is the most significant and most-common problem that Kalanchoe Laxiflora owners experience with their succulents. Following overwatering, serious causes of root rot and decaying leaves and stems can begin to appear – these problems can become harder to fix if you do not deal with them as soon as possible.

As for pest infestations, Kalanchoe Laxiflora succulents are not too likely to experience such issues; however, there is always a possibility that a few mealybugs or aphids will make an appearance now and then. They’re not typically considered infestations in these cases, although they can become much more prominent if not treated. Tip: Untreated infestations can potentially attract bigger pests such as slugs or snails, so try to treat the affected area immediately after noticing.

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Propagating Kalanchoe Laxiflora

Kalanchoe Laxiflora can be propagated using two standard techniques – leaf cuttings propagation or stem cuttings propagation. Both techniques are simple and entirely safe for the well-being of both the parent plant and the propagated plant. Read on to discover the few simple steps to complete either technique successfully.

Leaf Cutting Propagation

Step 1: Cleanse a pair of gardening shears thoroughly and have your new pot and appropriate soil ready to go.

Step 2: Choose the leaf you’re willing to cut off the parent plant. Ensure that the chosen leaf is fully healthy.

Step 3: Carefully cut off the leaf and leave it in a cool, dry place to callous for a few days.

Step 4: Plant the propagated leaf cutting in the new gardening pot with the correct soil and water it.  

Stem Cutting Propagation

Step 1: Cleanse your gardening shears thoroughly. Sharp scissors are also an option for this technique.

Step 2: Depict which stem you want to cut off of the parent plant. Carefully cut the stem, leaving a few inches of the stem at the base of the parent plant.

Step 3: Cleanse the stem if it needs to be. A light rinsing of water will suffice.

Step 4: Set aside the stem cuttings in a dry place for a few days to allow it time to callous.

Step 5: Plant the propagated stem cutting in the new pot and water it.

Final Words

To conclude this article, I hope that this piece has been informational to all readers, and hopefully, it has answered any questions you’ve had. As you can see, Kalanchoe Laxiflora succulents are one of the easiest succulents to own – and care for! Whether you’re planting it outdoors in addition to a beautiful landscape or indoors to set a nature-like vibe in any room, it’s hard to pass up on such an easy-going plant. Especially on that, you can intentionally neglect for a bit! Thanks for taking the time to read this article, and good luck with your Kalanchoe Laxiflora!

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