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Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (Lavender Scallops)

Lavender Scallops, Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi

Lavender Scallops, (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi
Lavender Scallops, (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi
Lavender Scallops, (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi, commonly known as Lavender Scallops, is an attractive and versatile succulent, ideal for those looking to add a touch of color to their plant collection. Its low maintenance and drought tolerance make it a popular choice for a variety of gardening styles.

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi: An In-depth Look

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi is a visually appealing and interesting succulent. It is recognized for its scalloped, fleshy leaves with a soft lavender hue and upright growth habit. It’s a popular succulent due to its colorful foliage and ease of care.

Native: Native to Madagascar, it thrives in rocky and arid environments, which influences its drought-tolerant nature.

Plant Type and Habit: This succulent is characterized by its upright, branching growth habit. It often forms clusters and can spread outwards, making it a good ground cover or container plant.

Size: It typically grows to about 12-18 inches in height (30-45 cm) and can spread similarly wide, depending on its growing conditions.

Flowers: Produces clusters of small, tubular, pink to red flowers on tall stems, adding an ornamental touch. Flowering occurs in late winter to early spring, bringing color when many plants are dormant.

Foliage: The foliage is the most striking feature, with scalloped edges and a mix of green and lavender colors.

Uses: Ideal for succulent gardens, rock gardens, container plantings, and as an accent in mixed borders.

Hardiness: It’s suited to USDA zones 9-11 and prefers a warm, dry climate.

Toxicity: Kalanchoes contain compounds that can be toxic if ingested, especially to pets.

Deer and Rabbit: It is resistant to deer and rabbits due to its succulent nature and toxicity.

Drought: Highly drought-tolerant, reflecting its adaptation to dry, rocky environments.

Invasiveness: Not considered invasive and is typically well-contained in garden settings or pots.

Benefits: The main benefits are ornamental, with attractive foliage and flowers. It’s also low-maintenance and suitable for xeriscaping.

Growing Tips

Light: Prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Can tolerate some direct sunlight, but avoid harsh midday rays to prevent leaf scorch.

Soil: Requires well-draining, sandy or cactus potting mix. Good aeration is crucial to avoid root rot.

Water: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Reduce watering in the winter during the plant’s dormant period.

Fertilizer: Fertilize with a diluted, balanced fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer). Fertilize once a month or as per the product instructions.

Pruning: Pruning is generally not needed but can be done to shape the plant or remove dead leaves.

Propagation: Easily propagated from leaf cuttings or offsets.
Plant the cuttings or offsets in well-draining soil and keep slightly moist until they establish.

Pests and Diseases: Watch for pests like mealybugs, aphids, or spider mites. Be vigilant about root rot, which can occur in overly moist conditions.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Kalanchoe
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Kalanchoe
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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