The Cooper Spoons Succulent ‘Kalanchoe Orgyalis’

What characteristics are you looking for in a new house plant if you are a new plant lover? If you are still undecided, this article might be perfect for you. Look back on the reason why do you want a new plant baby? Usually, the answer to which type of plant you should get already lies in that question. Having a plant has emotional, mental, and physical benefits for us humans. Focusing on each plant’s appearance, origin, and care requirements will find a perfect plant for us. In this article, we will get to know more about Kalanchoe Orgyalis. Continue reading this article and get familiarized with the care and story of this plant.

Origin

Kalanchoe Orgyalis is native to South and Southwestern Madagascar. It naturally grows in shrubs on rocky outcrops and dry soils.

Features Of Kalanchoe Orgyalis

This plant is slow-growing. Kalanchoe Orgyalis is noted for its oval, bronze-colored, delicate sandpaper-like covered leaves. As the plant matures, the lower leaves change their color to silver. The change in color as the leaves mature is a beautiful contrast to the new leaves. Because of this, it is also known for its common name, “Cooper Spoons”. It can grow up to 6 feet tall, but it is usually seen as a small succulent. It blooms from late winter to early spring and produces clusters of flowers that are color yellow. Kalanchoe Orgyalis is easy to care for; however, they require some effort to thrive.

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 Orgyalis Care

Ideal Sunlight

Kalanchoe Orgyalis should be placed in a location that has full sunlight to partial shade. If placed outdoors, make sure that a shade is provided for extreme heat and coldness. For indoors, it is better to place them by the window where they can still get enough sunlight. This plant needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Temperature and Humidity

This type of plant prefers a temperature between 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If exposed to a temperature below 40 degrees for an extended period, the leaves might turn black and die. Regarding humidity requirement, the preferred humidity range of 50 to 90 percent.

Ideal Soil For Kalanchoe Orgyalis

Make sure that you use well-draining dessert sand or cactus potting mixture. Kalanchoe Orgyalis highly prefer soil with excellent drainage. If additional drainage is needed, add sand to your mixture. It is also advisable to use porous material like perlite.

Proper Watering

This plant requires proper watering. You may water it once a week when it feels too dry. Water sparingly is preferred over overwatering. Like most succulents, your plant will have difficulty surviving once it experiences overwatering. Overwatering can lead to root rot, a disease that hardly any succulents survive.

Potting Kalanchoe Orgyalis

Once your Kalanchoe Orgyalis starts to grow bigger than its original pot, that is a perfect indicator that you need to repot it. As always, a pot with proper and enough drainage holes is preferred. This ensures the Kalanchoe Orgyalis care by letting the water flow freely out of your pot. It is best to choose a clay pot.

Repotting

Repotting a Kalanchoe Orgyalis plant typically only needs to be done once every two years unless you notice a reason for it to be done sooner. When repotting this succulent, it’s best to use well-draining soil for the necessary drainage. This plant also does well in a gardening pot made of clay as that material provides good drainage. Just be sure that the pot you’re using also has draining holes in the bottom.

Aside from the necessary repotting every other year, your Kalanchoe Orgyalis should be repotted sooner if it has health or growth problems. Some of these problems may consist of large pest infestations, dangerous diseases, overgrown roots, poor drainage access, growth slowing, etc. Tip: It’s also recommended to repot this succulent after purchasing it due to the plastic pots from stores being too compact.

Feeding Kalanchoe Orgyalis

Feeding is not necessary. But you are fertilizing helps give your plant enough nutrients crucial for its growth. Use liquid fertilizer at half-strength, and make sure that you only feed your Kalanchoe Orgyalis during its growing season.

Pruning

Since Kalanchoe Orgyalis has a slow growth rate, pruning is not recommended. However, it is necessary to prune this plant to maintain its size. Remove yellow and wilting leaves. Pruning is vital as they encourage new growth. Naturally, the plant will continue to grow from its rosette in the center even after pruning.

Pests and Diseases

You only need to watch out for powdery mildew in cases you overwatered your Kalanchoe Orgyalis. If this happens, check if your plant has some spots that can lead to patches of dead cells. Generally, this only affects physical appearance. To avoid this situation, make sure that there is enough proper airflow. Kalanchoe Orgyalis can also develop aphids, which are tiny insects that suck the plant’s sap. Immediately remove aphids from your plant by picking them or spraying insecticidal soap.

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Kalanchoe Orgyalis Propagation

We listed down different ways how to propagate your Kalanchoe Orgyalis.

Propagation through cuttings

  • Use a clean and sharp knife or scissors to remove a stem from the mother plant.
  • Allow it to be callous for 2 to 3 days.
  • Place it on well-draining soil.
  • Water your baby plant whenever the soil is arid.

Propagation through leaves

  • Twist a leaf from the mother plant.
  • Make sure that the leaf stays on the stem.
  • Allow the leaf to callus for 2 to 3 days.
  • Place it on well-draining soil.
  • Water your baby plant whenever the soil is arid.
growing kalanchoe orgyalis from leaves
Propagation through leaves @Reddit

Propagation through offsets

  • Gently remove an offset from the mother plant.
  • Allow it to be callous for 2 to 3 days.
  • Place it on well-draining soil.
  • Once your baby plant develops 4 leaves, it is now safer to transfer it to an enormous container.

Final Words

All in all, this article aims to awaken your interest in a specific type of succulents called Kalanchoe Orgyalis. It is a beautiful plant that showcases a fantastic contrast of bronze and silver as the plant matures. Aside from its stunning features, many plant lovers like this plant as they are low-maintenance. We hope that you are now more prepared to take good care of your next plant baby through this article.

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