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Kalanchoe pumila (Flower Dust Plant)

Flower Dust Plant, Dwarf Kalanchoe

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Kalanchoe pumila , dwarf kalanchoe, Flower Dust Plant

Kalanchoe pumila is an attractive and versatile succulent, perfect for adding texture and color to gardens or as a houseplant. Its low maintenance and drought tolerance make it a popular choice for a variety of gardening styles.

Kalanchoe pumila: An In-depth Look

Kalanchoe pumila, known as Flower Dust Plant, is a charming succulent with a sprawling habit and is renowned for its attractive foliage and flowers.

Native: This species is native to Madagascar, thriving in rocky and dry environments, influencing its drought-tolerant nature.

Plant Type and Habit: Kalanchoe pumila is a low-growing, spreading succulent. It typically forms a dense mat of foliage, making it an excellent ground cover.

Size: It grows to about 8-12 inches tall (20-30 cm) and can spread up to 24-36 inches (60-90 cm). Its compact size makes it suitable for container gardening.

Flowers: The plant produces clusters of small, vibrant pink to purple flowers that are very showy and add significant ornamental value. Flowering occurs in late winter to early spring, providing a burst of color when many plants are dormant.

Foliage: The foliage is a standout feature, with silvery-green leaves covered in fine hairs, giving them a frosty appearance.

Uses: Ideal for rock gardens, container gardening, hanging baskets, and as a ground cover. It’s also used as an ornamental indoor plant.

Award: Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

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

Toxicity: Kalanchoe species can be toxic if ingested, especially to pets like cats and dogs.

Deer and Rabbit: It is resistant to deer and rabbits.

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

Invasiveness: Kalanchoe pumila is not considered invasive and is typically well-contained in garden settings.

Benefits: Its primary 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 sun. Avoid prolonged exposure to intense afternoon sun to prevent leaf scorch.

Soil: Requires well-draining, sandy or cactus potting mix. Soil should be porous to prevent water retention.

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 them slightly moist.

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 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Plant of Merit
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean 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 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Plant of Merit
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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