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Care of the plant Kalanchoe uniflora or Coral bells.

Care of the succulent plant Kalanchoe uniflora or Coral bells

The genus Kalanchoe, family Crassulaceae, comprises 100 species of succulent plants native to Asia, Africa and Europe. Some species are: Kalanchoe uniflora, Kalanchoe tomentosa, Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, Kalanchoe pumila, Kalanchoe marmorata, Kalanchoe longiflora, Kalanchoe daigremontiana, Kalanchoe beharensis, Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, Kalanchoe manginii, Kalanchoe pinnata, Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi.

Common names: Coral bells, Coral berry, Kitchingia. This species is native to Madagascar. Scientific synonyms: Bryophyllum uniflorum, Kalanchoe ambrensis, Kitchingia uniflora.

They are succulent plants with a hanging habit that reach 45 cm (1.47 feet) in height. The leaves are opposite, fleshy, bright green or greyish and reddish in color, have a rounded shape and are 2.5 cm (0.98") long. The showy and abundant hanging flowers of red or pinkish color appear in inflorescences at the tips of the branches. They can bloom from mid-winter to early spring.

They are used in hanging pots under trees and as indoor or greenhouse plants. In regions without frost they are used on rockeries and edges.

Kalanchoe uniflora prefers a semi-shadow exposure when young and full sun when adult. Indoors they prefer a lighted exposure without direct sun in the middle hours of the day. They do not tolerate frost.

The soil can be a commercial cactus substrate or a mixture of coarse sand, loam, and coarse gravel.

They are very resistant to drought plants; water regularly in spring, summer and fall waiting for the substrate to have completely dried. In winter water once a month.

Fertilize monthly with mineral fertilizer for succulents from mid-spring to late summer.

Prune lightly after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are plants quite resistant to pests and diseases but sensitive to excess humidity.

They propagate by cuttings and from seeds sown in early spring.

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Kalanchoe uniflora
Kalanchoe uniflora