Kalanchoe thyrsiflora - 20 seeds

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora - 20 seeds

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Like most of the southern African Kalanchoe species, Kalanchoe thyrsiflora forms a basal rosette of large rounded, fleshy leaves, which are grayish cream with red margins. Plants reach about 60 cm, and the erect, upward-facing, tightly arranged leaves are without petioles. The rosettes send up dense inflorescences to 1-1.3 m, which are coated with a white powder. On the inflorescence the lower leaves are rounded and become smaller as they ascend along the flowering stem. The dense inflorescence has small tubular flowers approximately 15 mm long. The flowers are greenish with yellow recurved lobes and appear from February to June. The flowering may persist for a long time on the plant until the whole plant eventually dies.

The light brown and very fine seeds can be sown on a sandy medium and then lightly covered.  The following medium usually works well with most succulents: 4 parts coarse river sand, 4 parts fine river sand, 1 part sieved well-rotted compost, 1 part perlite, 1 part vermiculite

Always treat seeds with a pre-emergence fungicide as seedlings often suffer from fungal diseases and may die rapidly after germination. 

Remember that these plants are from rocky areas and prefer a similar garden habitat with plenty of direct sunlight in order to thrive.