Kalanchoe Marnieriana

kalanchoe marnieriana

Kalanchoe Marnieriana a Unique Succulent

If you have been looking for a vibrant addition to your succulent garden, then 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. 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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Growing Kalanchoe Marnieriana Indoors

Kalanchoe marnieriana is easy to care for, and it can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It is recommended that you 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 some other succulents and can thrive as an indoor houseplant.

Sunlight Requirements for Kalanchoe Marnieriana

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 the partial sun or partial shade.

The best way to see that your plant receives enough sunlight is by keeping it outside in the morning hours. 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 it can tolerate shade well. Placing it close to a window from which sunlight comes through should be enough for this plant. To ensure that it blooms, it should be kept in darkness for a few hours every day.

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.

Soil Requirements

Kalanchoe marnieriana needs to be planted in a well-draining potting mix in order 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 it 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 come with sufficient nutrients. If you may think that your plant needs more, you can use a water-soluble fertilizer occasionally.

Kalanchoe Marnieriana
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Watering Requirements for Kalanchoe Marnieriana

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 winters, it can be watered once every 15 days. The frequency of water your Kalanchoe marnieriana should be measured by how dry the soil is. While watering the plant, make sure that 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.

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. You should see new growth within 4 to 6 weeks if you have properly propagated them.

Pests on Kalanchoe Marnieriana

Kalanchoe marnieriana is prone to infestation by bugs, especially mollusks and mealybugs. They can also attract snails and slugs that will consume parts of the plant and leave it looking disfigured. The best method of cleaning up an infestation by 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 need to ensure that you water it only when the soil runs dry to protect the plant.

Toxicity

Kalanchoe marnieriana can be toxic to both 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 serious gastrointestinal problems. It should not be consumed under any circumstances. In case a child or a pet consumes a part of the plant, contact poison control immediately and get their help.

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