Getting To Know The Unique Marnier’s Kalanchoe ‘Kalanchoe Marnieriana’ (Kalanchoe Panamensis)

If you have been looking for a vibrant addition to your succulent garden, your search is over – Kalanchoe marnieriana will do the job well. This is a unique succulent with a blue-green color. It has thin leaves that are rounded and grow in groups up a tall stem. The leaves can gain a pinkish edge that looks beautiful.

Kalanchoe marnieriana is commonly known as Marnier’s Kalanchoe, or Kalanchoe panamensis. It can grow up to 18 inches or 45 cm and spread across 36 inches or 120 cm. This succulent can bloom, and you will see red flowers when it does.

Kalanchoe Marnieriana flowers
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Kalanchoe Marnieriana Care

Kalanchoe marnieriana is easy to care for, and it can be grown both indoors and outdoors. You should grow them indoors if you live in a cold area. Kalanchoe marnieriana is very susceptible to the cold and can die if the temperature drops too low. They do not need as much sunlight as other succulents and can thrive as indoor houseplants.

#1. Sunlight Requirements

Kalanchoe marnieriana, like most other succulents, needs ample sunlight to thrive. Unlike many succulents, they should not be placed in the full sun. It grows best under partial sun or partial shade.

The best way to see that your plant receives enough sunlight is by keeping it outside in the morning. The afternoon sun is too harsh and may cause sunburns. If your Kalanchoe marnieriana receives too much sun, its leaf spots will become very prominent. If that happens, make sure that you move your succulent to the shade or buy sunshades so that they remain protected.

A lack of sun can be compensated by using a grow light. Ensure that these plants do not spend too much time under them since too much light will cause more harm than good.

Kalanchoe marnieriana thrives when it gets 5 to 6 hours of partial sun and can tolerate shade well. Placing it close to a window from which sunlight comes through should be enough for this plant. To ensure it blooms, it should be kept in darkness for a few hours daily.

A warmer temperature is ideal for Kalanchoe marnieriana. They grow well when the temperature is between 20 and 29 ºC. This plant does not tolerate the cold well. Freezing temperatures can kill the succulent. If you live in a cold region, make sure that the plant stays indoors, and the temperature inside is warm enough. Since they need little sunlight, they will grow well indoors during winters.

#2. Soil Requirements

Kalanchoe marnieriana must be planted in a well-draining potting mix to grow properly. Any standard cactus potting mix available in the market should suffice. You may add clay, coarse sand, perlite, or pumice to the mix to improve drainage. It is very important that the soil you plant in drains well; otherwise, it may lead to water-logging that will eventually kill the plant.

Kalanchoe marnieriana does not need fertilizers since most potting mixes have sufficient nutrients. If you think your plant needs more, you can use a water-soluble fertilizer occasionally.

Kalanchoe Marnieriana
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#3. Watering Requirements

Succulents do not need too much water to survive, and Kalanchoe marnieriana is no different. Its water needs depend on the weather, humidity, and being grown indoors or outdoors. Kalanchoe Marnieriana is quite resistant to droughts and can thrive in dry climates. During summers, it should be watered once every 7 days.

It can be watered less frequently if it is placed indoors. During winter, it can be watered once every 15 days. The frequency of water in your Kalanchoe marnieriana should be measured by how dry the soil is. While watering the plant, ensure you are soaking the soil until it is moist, and only water the plant again once the soil seems dry.

If you live in a place where it is humid, you should not water your Kalanchoe marnieriana often. Over-watering causes damage to the plant – by encouraging rot and the growth of harmful fungi.

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#4. Potting and Repotting Requirements for Kalanchoe Marnieriana

This type of plant doesn’t need much repotting. Generally, you may only need to re-pot your Kalanchoe Marnieriana every two years. Repotting is only required when your plant grows bigger than its original pot. It is also advisable to re-pot if you have a newly bought plant to ensure that there are no pests and to give your plant a better pot properly. Usually, store-bought plants don’t come with quality pots. Use well-draining soil and a pot with enough drainage holes for your Kalanchoe Marnieriana to thrive. Repotting also helps to ensure the drainage quality of your soil. Below is the step-by-step guide on how to re-pot your Kalanchoe Marnieriana.

  • Remove the succulent from its previous pot to re-pot your plant without damaging its roots.
  • Shake off your Kalanchoe Marnieriana to remove the excess soil.
  • Transfer the plant to a fresh potting medium.
  • You may avoid watering your newly re-pot Kalanchoe Marnieriana for the first few days to let the roots recover.

When To Prune Kalanchoe Marnieriana

Your Kalanchoe Marnieriana might not require too much pruning. However, it is advisable to prune a plant whenever pests attack it and when there are visible dead or dying leaves or stems. Removal of dead or dying leaves helps better growth for your Kalanchoe Marnieriana. Pruning is also helpful in maintaining your plant’s size and shape. Remember always to use clean and sharp garden shears or knives. It is also vital to avoid over-pruning as it weakens your plant and will hinder growth.

How To Propagate Kalanchoe Marnieriana

To propagate Kalanchoe marnieriana, you may use stem or leaf cuttings. Make sure that the leaf or stem you intend to use is healthy. Before potting the cuttings, allow them to dry for a few days.

You can use a rooting hormone if you want faster growth, but you don’t need to do that. Use a well-draining potting mix and place the cuttings in it. Make sure that you are misting the potted cuttings several times a day for the first few days. The cuttings will also need plenty of indirect sunlight to thrive. If you have correctly propagated them, you should see new growth within 4 to 6 weeks.

Pests on Kalanchoe Marnieriana

Kalanchoe marnieriana is prone to infestation by bugs, especially mollusks and mealybugs. They can also attract snails and slugs that consume parts of the plant and leave it looking disfigured. The best method of cleaning up an infestation of bugs is using alcohol to wipe off wherever they can be found on the plant. To prevent snails and slugs from attacking Kalanchoe marnieriana, you can use diatomaceous earth at its base.

Kalanchoe marnieriana can also develop fungal growth if you overwater it. You must ensure that you water it only when the soil runs dry to protect the plant.

Toxicity

Kalanchoe marnieriana can be toxic to animals and humans and should be kept away from pets and children. The leaves, roots, and flowers – all have toxins that can have a negative effect on the rhythm and rate of the heart. It can also cause severe gastrointestinal problems. It should not be consumed under any circumstances. If a child or a pet consumes a part of the plant, contact poison control immediately and get their help.

Final Words

Through this article, we hope that you are now excited to get your own Kalanchoe Marnieriana. This rare and beautiful blue-green succulent will bring some color to any space. Aside from its very unique appearance, what’s also interesting about this succulent is that it doesn’t need much. With enough sunlight, proper watering, occasional pruning, and feeding, your Kalanchoe Marnieriana will thrive. We hope we were able to keep you curious about the endless types of succulents you may add to your garden or house plant collection. We can’t wait to see you fall in love and take good care of this your succulent at home.

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