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Kalanchoe pumila Flower Dust Plant succulent care and propagation information

Kalanchoe pumila

Flower Dust Plant

This succulent is well-known for its medicinal properties. It is bright green with light spots, and has small spikes on the outer edges of the leaves.
Considered synonymous with Aloe barbadensis.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Can be grown indoors if given enough light

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

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

    Plant grows up to 36″ (91 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings and leaves

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Actively grows in Spring and Fall

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Kalanchoe pumila “Flower Dust Plant”

Kalanchoe pumila “Flower Dust Plant” is a great addition to rock gardens or hanging baskets. As it grows, it spreads out as a small shrub. It is native to Madagascar.

Watering

Kalanchoe pumila “Flower Dust Plant” 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

“Flower Dust Plant” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° 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).

Pairs Well With

Sedum clavatum

How to Propagate Kalanchoe pumila “Flower Dust Plant”

Kalanchoe pumila “Flower Dust Plant” can be propagated from stem cuttings or leaves, although you may experience the best success with stem cuttings.

Cuttings

To grow “Flower Dust Plant” from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Leaves

To propagate “Flower Dust Plant” 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.

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