Kalanchoe beharensis "Maltese Cross" - Velvet-leaf

Kalanchoe beharensis

Kalanchoe beharensis is one of the more interesting Kalanchoes that I have grown. The leaves are about 8 inches long by 4 inches wide, triangular, and are thickly covered with dense brown, felt-like hairs. It is a native to Madagascar.

Blooming Time: Our specimen has never bloomed in the 8 years we have been growing it.

Culture: Kalanchoe beharensis need full sun to part shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. Water sparingly at all times. The use of fertilizer is discouraged. They thrive in nutrient poor soils (equal amounts of loam and sand with gravel added for drainage). The stems are usually unbranched and may reach a height of 10 feet or more.

Propagation: Kalanchoe beharensis is propagated by the removal of plants around the base of the main plant and by leaf cuttings.

Kalanchoe beharensis "Maltese Cross" was featured as Plant of the Week April 14-20, 2000.

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