Kalanchoe Humilis is a huge succulent shrub with distinct and striking traits that make it easy to identify. When planted in a rock garden or large tub, kalanchoe humilis succulents can reach a height of 90 cm.
It has pale green leaves with maroon or deep purple patterns on them. In most cases, you can see these markings in horizontal stripes. Its flowers are tiny, purple to green, and bloom mid-summer on an erect, branching inflorescence up to 40 cm tall. This plant is originally from Tanzania, Mozambique, and Malawi. It is summer dormant and not cold hardy.
Scientific Information of Kalanchoe Humilis
Scientific name: Kalanchoe humilis
Genus: Kalanchoe Adans
Species: Kalanchoe humilis
Common name: Tiger
Height: 90 cm
Width: 30.5 cm
Flower Color: purple to green
Blooming Season: mid- summertime
Leaves: 13 cm long; 6 cm wide
Facts to Know About Kalanchoe Humilis
Light: direct sunlight to partial shade
Temperature: zone 8a; -12.2 degrees Celsius or 10 degrees Fahrenheit
Water: minimal irrigation
Soil: porous soil
Fertilizer: Liquid fertilizer; pellet fertilizer
Potting: clay pot
Propagation: seeds, cutting, leaves
Toxicity: Leaves are toxic; roots are highly toxic; blooms are the most poisonous portion
Hybrids and Cultivars
The Houghton’s hybrid plant was formed by crossing K. diagremontiana with K. delagoensis to create the first hybrid of the kalanchoe humilis.
Because its leaves fall frequently and re-grow in the ground with minimum intervention, this hybrid offers numerous advantages over the original plant.
Kalanchoe Humilis “Tiger” General Care
You will be relieved to find that kalanchoe humilis is a relatively simple succulent to maintain.
Like other succulent plant kinds, it does not need to be watered, pruned, or fed regularly, making it excellent for anyone with a hectic schedule.
Kalanchoe humilis prefers warm, sunny conditions with plenty of natural light for the majority of the day. For your plant to live and grow to its most excellent capacity, it needs at least six hours of sunlight per day.
If you wish to grow it indoors, you should put it near a south-facing window in the winter. It is risky to plant your succulent in the ground because you would not move it around your garden. Instead, consider growing your kalanchoe humilis in a container.
Allowing your kalanchoe humilis to grow in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit is not a good idea. They are not cold-hardy and will perish fast if exposed to subzero temperatures for more than a few hours.
If your succulent is outside, bring it inside during the winter since the frost will cause the leaves to freeze and burst. Your plant might get a scar if you scare it.
During the summer, you will need to water your succulents frequently, whereas, in the winter, you will only need to water them occasionally. All you have to do is touch the soil with your fingers to learn how to identify when your succulent needs water. Watering your plant if the soil is wet is not advised. You can water your succulent if the soil is arid.
Overwatering your plant might result in root rot and powdery mildew. These diseases are difficult to reverse, so it is always best to be safe than sorry, especially in succulent plant care.
Remember! Instead of watering your plant from the top, water it from the bottom.
Bottom watering will prevent sickness and infection from spreading. Not only should succulent plants be watered from the root, but so should other garden plants.
Soil for Kalanchoe Humilis
Kalanchoe humilis requires porous, well-drained soil to thrive. It is critical to put this succulent in the right soil mix, as compacted soil is difficult for these plants and can smother them.
Another critical consideration is that the succulents pot should have numerous drainage holes at the bottom to allow all surplus water to escape.
If you want your succulents to grow even healthier and lusher, fertilize them to give them an extra boost of nutrition. Feed your succulents every two to four weeks or once a month with liquid fertilizer or slow-release pellets.
Maintenance and Grooming
Since you can use Kalanchoe humilis as a houseplant, it needs little upkeep. To maintain a tidy look, remove spent flowers known as the deadheading.
While if kept as an indoor plant, this plant can accumulate dust. So to remove dust, gently spray its part with water at watering time.
Pest and Disease of Kalanchoe Humilis
Kalanchoe humilis is a plant that is pest and disease resistant. Mealybugs, aphids, and scale can all infect your plant if it is growing outside.
You should inspect your succulent for indications of infestation regularly and eliminate any bugs that you find. You can get rid of the pests with a vigorous water stream, but you will have to resort to soap sprays and other light insecticides if that does not work.
Succulent growers should be aware that they have the potential to make their plants sick. Overwatering is one of the most common root rot causes in plants, and poor soil and pot drainage exacerbate the problem.
Root Rot Symptoms to Watch for:
1. It is wilting
2. Yellowing stems and leaves
3. Brown stems and leaves
4. Wet or squishy leaves or stems
If your plant has suffered from root rot, or you fear it has, you should re-pot it in dry, well-drained soil. You should also make sure that the container you use for your succulent has plenty of drainage holes.
Overwatered succulents may develop powdery mildew. Your kalanchoe humilis will stop producing flowers and shows symptoms similar to root rot.
Kalanchoe Humilis Propagation
You can use cuttings, seeds, and offsets to reproduce kalanchoe humilis. Succulents are simple to produce, but they require a lot of patience and strict adherence to the instructions. Learn how to propagate your plant from seeds, cuttings, and offsets in the sections below.
Let us pretend you wish to grow kalanchoe humilis from seed. You can either buy high-quality seeds from your local garden center or cross-pollinate two kalanchoe humilis from your garden in that instance.
Follow these methods to acquire a high germination rate if you have enough seeds to grow:
1. Combine cactus potting soil and fine potting soil in a mixing bowl. Wet the soil with warm water until it is damp.
2. Sow the seeds one-inch-deep and roughly an inch apart in the soil.
3. Dry the tray for up to 10 days in indirect light.
4. Do not allow the seeds to become colder than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. It can take up to ten days for seeds to germinate.
You can propagate Kalanchoe humilis through cuttings by removing a considerable portion of the original plant’s stem. It would help if you ideally trimmed a part of the plant above a healthy leaf. Allow a healthy stem from the main plant to callous over for up to a week before planting it in well-drained soil after removing it with a sharp, sterilized knife.
Can you notice slight rosette offsets at the base of your plant if you look closely? You can remove offsets and propagate your plant if your plant has started to produce them.
Remove the rosette offset with a sharp, sterile knife or sterile pair of scissors and set aside for up to two days in a warm, dry area. Place the offset on well-drained soil after allowing it to form callous over for a few days.