Kalanchoe suarezensis

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Kalanchoe suarezensis H.Perrier

Crassulaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   10

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: ovate-lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: cruciform
Fruit: follicle

150B / c3d238 

Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: erect

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Saxifraganae
Ordo:
Saxifragales
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Kalanchoe suarezensis is a succulent perennial.

Contents

Naming

Kalanchoe suarezensis was described by Joseph Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bâthie. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Kalanchoe suarezensis is a species in the genus Kalanchoe which contains approximately 76 to 202 species and belongs to the family of the Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family). The type species of the genus is Kalanchoe laciniata.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 60 to 180 centimetres.

Leaves

Kalanchoe suarezensis is evergreen. The bluish green, simple leaves are opposite. They are ovate-lanceolate, crenate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Kalanchoe suarezensis produces panicles of erect, light-green cruciform flowers.

The perennials produce follicles.

Root System

Distribution

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10). Under glass use loamy potting compost with added gravel.

In summer the plants prefer protection from hot midday sun.

Uses

The perennials are suited for cultivation in a temperate house and hot house, the plants should be grown in semi-shade if cultivated outdoors. Suited as indoor plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • For healthy growth apply a compound fertilizer every 6 weeks during growth.
  • Water moderately in summer, give little water in winter.
  • temperature in winter should be 10°C.

Propagation

  • Sowing in early spring at 21 °C.
  • Cuttings in spring or in summer
  • Layering in spring or in summer


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Waxy fibres and honeydew on leaves and shoots indicate an infestation with mealybugs. Apply insecticide or control biologically with predatory ladybirds.

Honeydew, galls and distorted leaves are a sign for an infestation with aphids. Use an insecticide or control biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.

White tufts or white covering on the lower surface of the leaves indicates an infection with downy mildew. Remove affected plants and apply a fungicide. To prevent infection improve ventilation, keep the roots moist and do not water the plants from above.

Leaf blotches are a sign of a fungal or bacterial infection. Bacterial spots are rather angular and yellow-rimmed while fungal spots usually are rather rounded with an area of fruiting bodies. Destroy affected parts, additionaly apply fungizide it is is a fungal infection.

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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