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Kalanchoe Pink or Widow's-thrill is an easy to grow succulent plant belonging to the Crassulaceae family and is mainly found in the tropical regions of Africa.
Kalanchoe pink is a flowering succulent. It belongs to the Crassulaceae family and is native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. It is often known as 'Pink Butterflies' for its flowers.
Kalanchoe is one of those plants which requires little care but rewards profusely. It is perfect for a laid-back gardener.
Kalanchoe likes abundant sunlight but direct sunlight in the hotter season can scorch the leaves. It is better to plant it in a sheltered region where it'll receive abundant sunlight while being protected from harsh afternoon rays.
The plant has attractive foliage with deep green, scalloped leaves. Hundreds of tiny pink butterfly-like flowers appear on the plant in winter and last till spring. The flowers make an attractive display and are long lasting too.
The plant does not require frequent watering. Watering once or twice a week should be enough. Check that the topsoil is dry before watering again. The plant is quite drought resistant but don't let it go dry for a very long time.
You can use sandy or loamy soil. Make sure that the soil is well-drained. Enrich the soil with organic material like compost or manure. Add a layer of mulch over the soil to maintain even temperatures. The container used should have appropriate drainage holes.
The plant grows up to 24 to 36 inches in height and spreads about 9 to 12 inches.
The plant does not require constant feeding. You can feed the plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer reduced to half its strength during the flowering season. Water the plant before fertilizing.
Spider mites, aphids and scale are common pests that are known to affect the plant. You can treat small-scale infestations with a wet cloth but I fit persists; treat the plant with appropriate organic pesticides. Overwatering can cause powdery mildew in the plant. So make sure the plant does not stand in water-logged soil.
Kalanchoe plant will add vibrancy wherever it is grown. It is mainly grown as an ornamental plant. You can grow it in your garden. It can easily be grown in containers indoors. The plant can grow in shady areas too. It is perfect for the porch with its bright inflorescence. In some areas, it is known to flower year-long.