Maybe a plant is all we need? Plants can reduce stress level, boost a person’s mood, make us more creative and productive, cleans the air around us, and produces oxygen. All these benefits, of course, support how pleasant in the eyes plants are. We surround ourselves with these breath-taking magnificent gifts of nature.
Isn’t it the perfect time to gather our pot and shovel and start digging? In this chaotic time, having a hobby helps us all to survive. Aside from painting, writing, cooking, singing, etc., many of us have turned into instant plant parents.
Admit it or not, we are projecting our survival mechanism by taking good care of plants. It helps us to be more responsible, ensuring that it gets enough sunlight, watering, and checking once in a while if it was blooming in our given environment. In this article, we will discuss a specific type of succulents that might be perfect for you.
It is no secret that succulent plants are one of the most common and loved types of plants. Succulents don’t require much more attention and maintenance than other plants, but it also doesn’t mean that they can be left alone on their own. A mixture of enough tenderness, love, and care is always a key to taking good care of our plants.
Kalanchoe Tubiflora General Information
Kalanchoe Tubiflora is a succulent plant from the Crassulaceae family. It is also known as the mother of millions or the chandelier plant because of its appearance.
Kalanchoe Tubiflora has a lot of buds. These buds are self-propagating plantlets that are growing on the edges of each leaf. The buds develop on their own. The plant parent may transfer these buds into a propagating bed and allow them to grow some roots. Once the roots appear, you can plant them directly into the soil, and now you have a new mother plant.
Kalanchoe Tubiflora’s scientific name is Bryophyllum Delagoensis. It is derived from the Greek words Bryophyllum meaning “sprout”, and Phyllon, meaning “leaf”. It originated from Asia, Madagascar, and Africa.
Growth, Appearance and Blooming
Kalanchoe Tubiflora can grow up to 30 to 40 inches or 3 feet, with a spread of 25 inches. Leaves can grow up to 5 inches and are primarily cylindrical but usually not identical. Its flowers are clustered and usually orange to reddish during winter. However, do not let the plant deceive you by how lovely it looks. Kalanchoe Tubiflora is considered a poisonous plant.
For some countries like Australia, it is a pest as they are poisonous to calves. Since it has a toxicity level, it is also popular in getting rid of insects. Therefore, some individuals keep it in their area to eliminate mosquitoes. Despite the precaution it requires, Kalanchoe Tubiflora is a blooming ornamental plant. Its unique appearance makes it an eye-catching ornamental plant.
Kalanchoe Tubiflora Care Tips
Soil and Watering
The secret to a long-lasting Kalanchoe Tubiflora is proper draining. One must ensure that the soil is composed to properly reduce water retention. When watering the plant, don’t let the soil be wet for an extended time. It is okay to water the plant at least once a week for summer or a regular day. During winter, change the watering schedule to every two weeks.
Regarding light requirement, Kalanchoe Tubiflora was said to thrive even in a shaded environment. If it’s indoors, make sure also to rotate the plant once in a while so you get the sunlight exposure to the whole plant. Kalanchoe Tubiflora grows quicker when placed in an area with enough sunlight. When placed outdoor, check your Kalanchoe Tubiflora once in a while if it’s acquiring dark spots. This is to be alert for possible sunburn due to too much sun exposure.
It is also advisable to use a terracotta pot for your Kalanchoe Tubiflora. It is because terracotta pots prevent root rot, a common struggle for Kalanchoe Tubiflora, especially when it is over-watered. The terracotta pot allows moisture to escape, ensuring that there is no stuck water inside and providing good quality soil for your Kalanchoe Tubiflora.
For propagation, it was mentioned a while ago that Kalanchoe Tubiflora could reproduce through budding. You’ll have to wait for a miniature/ bud to appear, separate it from its mother, and transfer it to a growing pan.
Kalanchoe Tubiflora blooms typically during the winter and can last up to 6 months. The ultimate temperature to make it bloom is 60 Fahrenheit. You can stimulate the flowering by lessening the plant’s sunlight requirement and water intake. After flowering, it is normal for the plant to be dried up and might eventually die.
All in all, Kalanchoe Tubiflora is a low-maintenance plant. It will mainly thrive outdoors, but if you take good care of the plant, it can also grow as an indoor plant.
You can use liquid fertilizer to feed the plant but in minimal amounts. You can do this twice or once a month.
Kalanchoe Tubiflora thrives in warm environments and can tolerate high temperatures but not in excess. Therefore, placing it under a partial shade would work best if planted outside. It may not be affected by full sun, but the tips can get affected if exposed to scorching midday sun for long hours.
The plant, however, hates cold temperatures. It’s advisable to place it indoors instead of in outdoor gardens if living in cold climates. During the cold season, you need to move the plant indoors.
Having its natural habitat as generally hot and dry, it’s advisable to repot during the warm seasons. During winter, the plants tend to be dormant; thus, when you repot it, the plant may not recover.
If your plant has overgrown its current pot and you are looking for a pot to repot it, go for the next available size. A huge pot would not be a good idea as it would mean more soil than is necessary, leading to more water being retained. The increase of moisture in the soil will cause the roots to rot, and eventually, the plant will die.
As with other succulents, the soil needs to be porous and well-draining to allow a good flow of water and air. A typical cactus mix that you can buy in local stores would work. You could also make your mix by adding grit and perlite. Take two portions of your soil and add a portion each of grit and perlite. Grit and perlite will make your soil more porous.
Well-draining soil is vital when growing this plant to avoid stagnant water and too much moisture, which causes root rot and, consequently, death of the plant.
When repotting your plant, you will need the below items
- A bigger pot with drainage holes
- Fresh soil that is porous
- Sterilized cutting tool
Follow the below steps when you are repotting:
- Prepare your pot by putting soil about halfway
- Slide the plant from its old pot carefully so you don’t damage its roots and leaves.
- Shake off old soil from the plant.
- Using your sterilized cutting tool, trim any dead roots and unhealthy stems.
- Place the plant in the new pot and fill it with the remaining soil.
- Water the plant adequately.
- Place the plant outside under a partial shade or inside near a window where it can access adequate light.
Potential Health Benefits
Exploring the potent health benefits of Kalanchoe Tubiflora started in Southern Brazil. It serves as a medicinal plant. There was a study that links Kalanchoe Tubiflora extract to inhibit cell proliferation by affecting the mitotic apparatus. The extract is mixed with other essential ingredients, and through observation and deliberate formulation, it might create an anticancer agent. If proven true, Kalanchoe Tubiflora’s extract was said to reduce the viability of different cancer cells.
This development just shows how important it is for us to nurture our natural resources. Mother earth continually supports us to maintain healthy lives. A lot of medical breakthroughs still depend on natural resources or extracts, and without these ingredients that mother earth supplies for us, we won’t be able to progress. That proves that Kalanchoe Tubiflora wasn’t just an ornamental plant that is pretty to look at but also can have greater medicinal potential.
Generally, this plant is a low-maintenance succulent. Given the right conditions, as we have seen, the plant can grow throughout the year. It makes a great addition to your outdoor garden, and you can use it to adorn your interiors.
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