Kalanchoe Tubiflora

kalanchoe tubiflora

Plants and Benefit of Taking Care of Them

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, have support in 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 an instant plant-parent.

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 succulent that might be perfect for you.

Succulents

It is no secret that succulent plants are one of the most common and loved types of plants. Succulents don’t require much 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 in 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.

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Growth, Appearance and  Blooming

Kalanchoe tubiflora can grow approximately up to 30 to 40 inches or 3 feet, with a spread of 25 inches. Leaves can grow up to 5 inches and mostly cylindrical in shape but usually not identical. Its flowers are clustered and usually orange to reddish during winter. However, don’t 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 get rid of mosquitos. Despite the precaution it requires, Kalanchoe Tubiflora is a blooming ornamental plant. Its unique appearance makes it an eye-catching ornamental plant.

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Kalanchoe Tubiflora Care Tips

Soil and Watering

The secret to a long-lasting Kalanchoe Tubiflora is proper draining. One must ensure that the soil used is composed to properly reduce water retention. When watering the plant, don’t let the soil be wet for an extended period of time. For summer or a regular day, it is okay to water the plant at least once a week. During winter, change the watering schedule to every two weeks.

Light Requerments

In terms of 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 definitely 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 as a result of too much sun exposure.

Potting

It is also advisable to use terracotta pot for your Kalanchoe tubiflora. It is because terracotta pots prevent root rot, which is 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.

Propagation

For propagation, it was mentioned a while ago that Kalanchoe tubiflora could reproduce through budding. You’ll just have to wait for a miniature/ bud to appear and then separate it from its mother and transfer it to a growing pan.

Flowering

Kalanchoe tubiflora normally blooms during the winter and can last up to 6 months. The ultimate temperature to make it bloom is at 60 Fahrenheit. You can stimulate the flowering by lessening the sunlight requirement and water intake of the plant. 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 mostly thrive outdoor but if you take good care of the plant it can grow as an indoor plant as well.

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 inhibits 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 it also can have greater medicinal potential.

We hope that through this article, you were able to learn more about Kalanchoe tubiflora and might consider it as your next plant. Let’s put into perspective knowing more and exploring different plant species and make our gardening more adventurous!

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