Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies is an incredibly colorful variegated form of an old hybrid that was hard to track down its heritage. The original hybrid was known as 'Houghton's Hybrid', and was a cross between Kalanchoe diagremontiana aka the Mother of Thousands and Kalanchoe delagoensis (aka Kalanchoe tubiflora). At some point a variegated sport of this hybrid appeared and
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies came to be.
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Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies Info
||Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies
||Africa, Madagascar and some areas of Asia
||Tropicals and Tender Perennials. Cactus and Succulents. Evergreen.
||Tender. USDA 10a-11
Ecological Habits of Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies, commonly known as 'Pink Mother of Thousands' is an amazing, variegated form of Kalanchoe × houghtonii. Kalanchoe × houghtonii is originally a cross between Kalanchoe delagoensis and Kalanchoe daigremontiana. The succulent produces abundant tiny pink butterfly-like plantlets on its leaves. Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies does not have the ability to root from the plantlets because these plantlets lack chlorophyll and eventually die. The succulent does not require a lot of care and maintenance and can be easily grown indoors and outdoors.
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies Origin and Characteristics
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies is a hybrid that comes from another hybrid, the Kalanchoe x houghtonii, which comes from a cross between Kalanchoe daigremontiana y Kalanchoe delagoensis. The most notable feature are its beautiful pink suckers. that, as it does not have chlorophyll (remember that chlorophyll is a green substance that allows plants to photosynthesize and grow), unfortunately they do not survive. This hybrid, like all Kalanchoe, has a very fast growth rate And despite the fact that it reaches a height of 40-50cm, it can be grown in a pot throughout its life.
How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies
How to Grow Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies are fun to grow from cuttings. The vegetative stems produce the best plants and root quickest. Take a 2- to 3-inch (5-7.5 cm.) section and strip off the bottom couple of leaves. Let the cutting sit out in a warm, dry location to form a callus on the end. Plant the cutting in pre-moistened peat and perlite up to the first leaf. Enclose the entire pot in plastic to form a little terrarium and conserve the moisture. Place the pot in a bright window with indirect light. Cuttings will root in 14 to 21 days and are then ready to transplant.
To take the leaf cuttings, remove the leaf from the plant in such a way that it is a clean pull and no part of it should remain attached to the plant. Set aside the cuttings at a warm dry place for a couple of days to develop callous. Avoid keeping the cuttings for too long they will lose all the moisture.
To propagate new plants, fill the pots with a cactus potting mix. Place the plant parts at the top of the moist potting soil.
Keep sprinkling water on the cuttings for the first few days to keep the soil and cuttings moist. But make sure do not overwater and also avoid exposure to direct intense sunlight.
Once the plants are established in the soil cut short the water supply and care for them like mature succulents.
How to Care for Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies
Sunlight is the most essential requirement for the growth of Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies. It requires full sunlight to partial shade to grow. Indoor succulents must be kept near a bright sunny south-facing window for 5 to 6 hours a day.
Kalanchoe pink butterflies thrives best in well-draining soil. You can use a standard succulent or cactus potting mix that is readily available in the market. Make sure you use pots with good drainage holes to allow the excess water to drain properly.
Water the Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies plants growing in the ground approximately once per week, depending on local weather. Water container-grown plants when the soil begins to feel dry. Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies is relatively drought tolerant but will benefit by occasional watering.
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies prefer to grow at a warm temperature. It can’t tolerate frost. Make sure to pot Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies indoors in those regions where the night temperature goes below freezing. Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies can't stand freezing temperatures at all. If you are growing Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies outdoors make sure to protect them from frost injury by using frost clothes when the temperature goes below freezing.
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies grows well at all levels of humidity. For indoor succulents, the humidity at room temperature is just fine for their healthy growth.
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies does not require any supplemental nutrients. Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies gets plenty of nutrients from the potting soil that is sufficient for its normal growth. However, it can get benefit from an extra dose of essential nutrients. You can feed your succulents biweekly with a balanced liquid succulent fertilizer mix.
Pruning Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies is a very simple task. Just take clean gardening shears or scissors and sterilize them by rubbing with alcohol. It will reduce the risk of likely transfer of infection through contaminated tools. Gently remove the unwanted parts of the succulent.
Uses of Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies
Landscape UsesKalanchoe Pink Butterflies
is mainly grown for its attractive pink foliage. This succulent will be a great treat to Kalanchoe succulent lovers. Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies
will make a great addition to succulent gardens, landscaping, and container gardens.
Varieties of Kalanchoe
While there are tons of different kalanchoe varietals out there, only a few are well-suited to life as a houseplant. The most popular (and widely-available) options include:
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana: The most popular type of kalanchoe, blossfeldiana features large flower heads and is available in a variety of colors. They naturally bloom in the spring, though they can be forced into flowering throughout the year.
Kalanchoe manginii: This plant varietal features fleshy leaves and bears large, bell-like pendant flowers. Moist air is an essential component of its prolonged flowering.
Kalanchoe porphyrocalyx: Also known as Pearl Bells, this varietal consists of slender, rectangular leaves and purple pendant flowers.
Kalanchoe beharensis: This kalanchoe type is prized for its large, velvety leaves, which come in pale silvery green.
Kalanchoe pinnata: This kalanchoe variety is characterized by fleshy green leaves and bears tiny plantlets along its margins.
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies Common Pests/Diseases
Mealybugs and aphids can be occasionally seen attacking Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies
. To get rid of these insect pests, rub the parts of this succulent with isopropyl alcohol, or use a neem oil spray. Avoid overwatering because they hate standing in water. Excess of water can cause root rot and encourages fungal growth on the roots.
Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies Companion PlantsKalanchoe Pink Butterflies
also do not play well with other plants in that they have a very demanding root system. Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies
need plenty of root space from other plants and particularly do not compete well with grass.