The Unique Epiphytic Succulent ‘Kalanchoe Uniflora’

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Kalanchoe uniflora is a succulent belonging to the Kalanchoe genus and the Crassulaceae family. It is also known as coral bells or coral berries.

The origin of Kalanchoe Uniflora is from northwestern and northern Madagascar, where it enjoys growing in forests and vegetation.

Description Of Kalanchoe Uniflora

This plant trails down, making it perfect for basket hanging. It is famous as an indoor plant.

  • Stems: Stems root at the nodes. They are slender and prostrate. They climb up to 1 meter long.
  • Leaves: Leaves are fleshy and thick with green color. They grow up to 3.5 cm long.
  • Flowers: Flowers are bell-shaped and have reddish-purple color. They broom during winter.

Kalanchoe Uniflora Care

This plant does not need much care; it only needs to know the right conditions to grow in.

#1. Light

This plant can do well in natural and partial sunlight plant to be able to assume its full potential. Your plant should be under direct sunlight for about six hours. The sunniest areas are the southern and western sides. During summer, avoid direct sunlight because it causes the leaves to have sunburns because they hold a lot of water.

#2. Soil

The most suitable soil for this plant is sandy soil. It should also contain peat moss and perlite because it is well-draining and allows good aeration. Well-draining soil is a must because this plant has a susceptible root system that might rot due to overwatering.

The best PH levels should be between 6.0 and 6.5. The pH range is critical because it requires zinc and phosphorous, as this plant can be damaged by too much zinc and phosphorus.

#3. Placing Kalanchoe Uniflora

It can be an indoor or outdoor plant; as stated before, it is ornamental. You can place it on office desks and kitchen countertops. It can also be hung on walls and also on the balcony. Ensure it is in the right conditions and avoid frost at all costs.

#4. Watering Kalanchoe Uniflora

Kalanchoe uniflora species are succulents, they store their water, so they don’t require much. How much water the plant needs depends on the season but before you water the plant, make sure that the topsoil is dry. To prevent root rot. Use drip irrigation to ensure your foliage is as dry as possible.

#5. Fertilizer

Feeding Kalanchoe uniflora should be dependent on the season. Apply your fertilizer in the ratio of 3:1:3 until the buds are formed. Then change the balance into into2:1:4 during the flowering period. It is best to use water-soluble fertilizers every two weeks during the growing period. You can also use organic fertilizers, preferably fish emulsion.

#6. Pruning Kalanchoe Uniflora

This plant needs little or no pruning; if need be, prune your plant after it flowers. When pruning, pinch them back to where they attach to the stem.

#7. Temperature  

This plant does well under optimum temperatures. They should range between 18 to 20   degrees Celsius, low temperatures delay the plant’s growth and development, and it may cause the plant not to flower; it doesn’t like cold, so avoid placing it near drafts.

#8. Potting and repotting

The most important thing to consider when choosing pots for this plant is to ensure that it has drainage holes to prevent root rot. Repotting should only be done after two to three years.

#9. Rest period

At some point, the flowers begin to die. You should cut them off and allow your plant to dry. During this period, Kalanchoe uniflora does not require a lot of water. After a while, you will notice that your plant is developing some buds. There’s no specific season when this happens.

#10. Planting Kalanchoe Uniflora

You should consider several factors while planting, depending on where you grow it. Whether in open gardens or containers.

How you prepare your beds before planting

  1. Check the levels of your soil; always remember that it should be between 6 and 6.5
  2. Make sure you check the drainage of the soil. It cannot stand over-concentration of water as it can cause root rot.
  3. Remove the weeds and debris.
  4. Add fertilizer if the soil is weak. You may also add organic most matte
  5. Your bed should be 18inches deep

How to prepare your containers before planting

  1. Choose the container or the pot you are going to use. It should be large enough to allow the roots to develop well and balance the fully developed plant and the container.
  2. Make sure that all the containers have drainage holes.
  3. Put a mesh or broken clay pots to filter the soil.
  4. Before filling the container with soil, wet it first, so it is evenly moist.
  5. Fill the container halfway.
  6. Plant.
  7. Water the plant.

When planting perennials, the best time is during spring and fall, when there is no danger of frost. It also gives the plant time to root before winter kicks in. unless you are planting a more established plant, do not plant during summer or winter.

Planting container-grown plants

  1. Dig planting holes and space them correctly.
  2. Water the plant to make it easier to remove from the container and avoid damaging the roots.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, and separate the roots with your fingers if it’s too root-bound.
  4. Fill in the soil and water thoroughly, and keep the plant under shade until stable.

How to plant bare roots plants

  1. You should plant as first as possible to prevent the roots from dying.
  2. Dig holes and space them well.
  3. Plant and fill in with enough soil.
  4. Water your plant and protect it from direct sunlight until it roots.

How to transplant seedlings

Sometimes a fully grown plant can produce seedlings; you can transplant these seedlings. Below is how to do it.

  1. Dig hole and space well so that the plant gets enough room to grow
  2. Uproot your plant together with the surrounding soil as possible, using a trowel
  3. Replant it immediately
  4. Water and shade the plant

#11. Pests and diseases

Grown in the right conditions, Kalanchoe uniflora is prone to pests and diseases. It can attract some pests and diseases if you do not take care of it as you should. The common pests are mealybugs and aphids. Mealybugs suck the sap of your plant, causing the leaves to be yellow and fall off. They also cause fungal growth. Suppose you notice that your plant is mealybugs infested. Isolate the plant immediately to avoid spreading to other plants, use industrial insecticides, and use natural methods. Ladybeetles, for example, are natural methods of reducing the population.

Aphids damage the plant by sucking sap, and they might transmit viruses. They cause stunted growth and deform leaves and buds. They appear during fall and spring and reproduce at a very high rate. Isolate your plant and spray it using industrial pesticides to keep the aphids at bay. You can also use neem oil.

Its also not affected by diseases, but sometimes fungal infections may arise. Leafspots and patches characterize it. Remove the infected leaves immediately after you notice the spots to control this infection. You should avoid overhead irrigation, and you can also use fungicides.

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Kalanchoe Uniflora Propagation

Kalanchoe uniflora can be propagated mainly through leaf cuttings and seedlings.

#1. Leaf cuttings

  1. Cut a healthy leaf from the mother plant. You should make sure you use a clean pair of scissors to make a clean cut.
  2. Wait for the leaf to dry up a little bit and form a callous.
  3. Prepare your soil. Make sure it is well-draining, or you buy a potting medium.
  4. Plant your leaf cutting.
  5. Place your plant under a shade and an adequately lit space, and water it until you see signs of growth.

#2. Seedlings

  1. Prepare your soil, whether in the garden or the container.
  2. Lift your plant together with the surrounding soil.
  3. Replant immediately.
  4. Water the plant.
  5. Put under a shade.

Conclusion

Kalanchoe uniflora is a plant that requires minimal care and maintenance. Anybody can plant one. It’s ornamental, and its trailing and climbing stems make it even more special. Like many succulents, if kept in the right conditions, they can stay around for a long time.

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