Kalanchoe bracteata aka hildebrandtii

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Kalanchoe bracteata aka hildebrandtii

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Kalanchoe bracteata aka hildebrandtii, commonly called “Silver Teaspoons”, has attractive silvery-gray pubescent leaves held opposite each other on the stems. It forms a small open shrub over time with leaves year-round. In spring and summer this plant blooms on panicles with orange-red cruciform flowers.

The plant should be fertilized every six weeks during growth. Kalanchoe bracteata aka hildebrandtii can become leggy with age, but can be pruned to create a more dense growth pattern. Leaf burn occurs with frost so plants should be protected from freezing weather. It can easily be propagated by taking stem cuttings and replanting them, and can also be grown from seed.

A native of South Eastern Madagascar and the Comoros, Kalanchoe bracteata makes a nice contrast to plants with dark foliage and is great in pots or as an accent or even a small border hedge in the dry garden. It is also appropriate for succulent and cactus gardens in near frost-free climates, and does well in light shade in hot interior climates to full sun elsewhere.

Kalanchoe bracteata aka hildebrandtii is drought tolerant, but tolerates some irrigation in well-drained soils, especially during the growing season in summer.

Kalanchoe bracteata aka hildebrandtii was described by George Francis Scott-Elliot.

Horticultural Data

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Names and Synonyms: Kalanchoe hildebrandtii, Kalanchoe nadyae
Common Names: Silver teaspoons
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: South Eastern Madagascar and the Comoros
Height: 2-4′
Width: 2-4′
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: High heat tolerance
Light Requirement: Light shade in hot interior climates to full sun elsewhere
Water needs: Kalanchoe bracteata is drought tolerant, but tolerates some irrigation in well-drained soils, especially during the growing season in summer.
Maintenance: Prune to shape as desired
Uses: Kalanchoe bracteata makes a nice contrast to plants with dark foliage and is great in pots or as an accent or even a small border hedge in the dry garden. It is also appropriate for succulent and cactus gardens in near frost-free climates.
Propagation: It can easily be propagated by taking stem cuttings and replanting them. It can also be grown from seed.
Problems: Occasional problems with mealybugs and aphids when grown as a houseplant.

Research Links:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/63387/
http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=3237
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/125414/
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Crassulaceae/Kalanchoe_bracteata.html
http://en.hortipedia.com/wiki/Kalanchoe_bracteata

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There is a minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders. All plants shipped bare root. Other sizes may be available for pick up from our growing grounds in Fallbrook, CA. For more information, give us a call at 760-990-4762.
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