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Kalanchoe humilis

This Kalanchoe is a large succulent shrub. Its green leaves are variegated with purple or maroon spots. It shows off its colors best in full sun. Watch for purple flowers in the summer.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) tall

    Plant grows up to 4″ (10 cm) wide

  • Zone 8a (Minimum 10° F | -12.2° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by cuttings, leaves, seeds

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Kalanchoe humilis

Kalanchoe humilis is a beautiful, variegated succulent that is excellent for beginners. It grows well in rock gardens, as well as container gardens. Its flowers attract hummingbirds to your outdoor garden.

Watering

Kalanchoe humilis has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

Kalanchoe humilis is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 10° F (-12.2° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere).

How to Propagate Kalanchoe humilis

Kalanchoe humilis is an easy succulent to propagate from stem cuttings and offsets.

Cuttings

To propagate Kalanchoe humilis from cuttings, use a sharp, sterile knife or pair of scissors and cut a piece of the plant just above a leaf on the stem. Allow it to dry for a couple of days, and place in well-draining soil.

Leaves

To propagate this succulent from leaves, twist a leaf from the mother plant. Be sure that none of the leaf remains on the stem, or you will have a smaller chance of success.

Allow the leaf to dry out for several days so that the end callouses over, and then place on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil is completely dry.

Seeds

To propagate Kalanchoe humilis from seed, sow your seeds in a well-draining soil. You can grow Aloe seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.

Pairs Well With

Senecio radicans “String of Bananas”

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