Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, known as the Palette Plant, is a beautiful succulent native to South Africa. Many people are attracted to this plant because it requires very little care and can be easily propagated. In this article you will learn how to propagate, grow Kalanchoe thyrsiflora or Pallet Plant and its care.
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a succulent of the genus Kalanchoe and the family Crassulaceae.
The plant forms rosettes with rounded, fleshy leaves that reach about 15 cm in length. The leaves are grayish green with red margins.
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a tall-stemmed flowering succulent with yellow flowers and red-edged leaves that die back after flowering.
How to propagate Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Select healthy leaves and cut them off leaving a small stem. Let the leaf dry out on a flat, shaded surface for at least two days before planting it in the ground.
Plant the Kalanchoe leaf in a pot with its base barely buried in the ground. Always keep the substrate moist and leave the pot in a place where it receives light but no direct sun.
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora will root from edges and move into pots or beds when it develops an established root system.
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora succulents will grow new plants from the ground. They are called offshoots when they grow from a parent plant and can be propagated by planting them separately.
First, cut the flower stem from the base of the new baby plant. Use a clean, sterile knife to cut the clusters from the stem. Cut close to the base leaving a small part of the stem.
It is necessary to wait about 3 days for the tips to dry before planting them. Once dry, you can go ahead and plant the cuttings in the ground. This is important to avoid possible diseases in future plants.
They should be planted in a container with good drainage, at least 10 cm deep. It is best to use a sandy rooting mix – you can buy it or use 3 parts sand to 1 part garden soil.
Moisten the soil, but do not waterlog it. Keep your plants in a warm place, out of direct sunlight.
Water regularly, but sparingly, and you should have new plants in about 8-10 weeks.
You can check if your plants are ready for transplanting by tugging them lightly. If you feel a slight resistance, the roots have formed.
Care and cultivation of Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora (pallet plant)
They don’t like direct light, especially in the hottest part of the day, where they can burn easily.
However, if you live in an area with cool summers, it can tolerate partial shade or morning sun for short periods without excessive leaf scorch.
The level of sunlight can change the coloration of Kalanchoes, making them more attractive to the eye.
When grown indoors, Kalanchoes are excellent plants to place near a window that provides plenty of light during the day.
You should not grow Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora in a shady area that does not receive sun for at least six hours a day, as this will cause them to grow long legs and without leaves.
The Kalanchoe plant is a succulent plant, so it thrives in dry, arid environments.
It requires little to no water, as the soil needs to be allowed to dry out between watering cycles.
If you notice your Kalanchoes wilting or falling off, that’s a sign they need more water.
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora plants are sensitive to excess water and rot quickly in humid environments.
It should be watered in the morning, when the plant will have time to dry out before nightfall.
Be sure to avoid growing Kalanchoe thyrsiflora in an area where water collects and does not drain properly or too quickly, which can cause it to topple over for lack of support.
The best potting soil is one that consists of equal parts potting soil, sand and perlite. Other suitable options are a mixture for cacti.
temperature and humidity
The temperature and humidity requirements of Kalanchoe thyrsiflora are the same as those of most succulents.
This means they need bright exposure but not direct sunlight, with temperatures between 10°C and 29°C during the day and 55-65% relative humidity at night.
It is recommended to fertilize Kalanchoe thyrsiflora plants every few months. This will help the plant stay healthy and maintain a green coloring to its leaves.
It would be best to feed them with liquid fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. To look at: How to Make Compost and Liquid Organic Fertilizers
Fertilize them before winter and after they go dormant in the fall, but not during their active growing season.
Kalanchoes are sensitive to high nitrogen levels, so the use of urea as a fertilizer should be avoided. Always dilute any form of soluble fertilizer by first mixing one part to four parts water and apply.
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a succulent that does not need to be repotted often.
If you start small enough, you may be able to limit yourself to repotting once every two years.
If the plant has already developed a large root system, once every three to four years.
Prune Kalanchoes by cutting off dead, diseased, damaged or clumped leaves with a sterilized blade.
As they mature and become established, they can be pruned once a year in late spring or early summer, before new leaves appear. To look at: Guide to Properly Pruning Succulents
Plagues and diseases
They have few pests and diseases, but should still be protected from them with an organic insecticidal soap spray for general pest prevention and to quickly treat infected areas before they spread outside.
Pests to which Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (popsicle plant) is susceptible include: spider mites, whiteflies, scale insects and thrips.
Some common diseases that Kalanchoe thyrsiflora can contract are: powdery mildew, botrytis blight, Fusarium wilt.
These diseases develop due to excessive humidity, they are fungi that attack the plants, if you see symptoms use a fungicide to treat them. To look at: Fight against plant fungus, homemade fungicide recipes
How to care for Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora in winter
Growing Kalanchoe thyrsiflora in winter is very easy. They survive well in dry, warm environments, with sunlight and lots of drafts.
In winter, they should be watered sparingly or not at all to avoid fungal diseases.
Kalanchoes also need about six hours of light per day during this time.
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora care becomes complicated once temperatures drop below 10 degrees C outdoors with sustained cold weather lasting longer than a week or two.
It is best to bring Kalanchoes indoors where there is a window near the plant.
A Kalanchoe will die if left inactive for too long in cold conditions and does not have access to sunlight.
If the Kalanchoes are outside in very cold weather, water them sparingly to avoid wet or excessive disease.
Is Kalanchoe thyrsiflora poisonous?
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is toxic to humans and animals.
Eggplant can be toxic to humans and pets if ingested or causes skin irritation.
It should not come into contact with the mouth, eyes, nose or other sensitive areas of the body.
It is recommended to wear gloves when handling Kalanchoe thyrsiflora plants and to wash your hands thoroughly after handling them.
It is essential to keep Kalanchoe thyrsiflora away from children and pets.
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