Winter succulents


Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Winter succulents

Camera : Kodak EasyShare C195
Taken in my dining room (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)
The only thing flowering in my succulent garden now is Kalanchoe rotundifolia and some Erigeron… These little succulent flowers last for weeks in a vase.
Displayed in an Antique early 20th Century silver vase. Next to it is vintage a Silver Tea Caddy, also early 20th Century.

Kalanchoe rotundifolia flower. It seems to like the cold, all the plants are flowering profusely! (June 2017)
Indigenous to Southern Africa, Kalanchoe rotundifolia is widely distributed in South Africa and Zimbabwe and grows best in light or dappled Shade. It is traditionally used by the Zulu as a charm ‘to make one invisible’.
This is an easy plant to propagate from both seed and cuttings. The seeds of these plants are very fine and must be collected as soon as they are ripe before they disperse. The best time to sow these seeds will be early spring in order to give them plenty of time to grow before late autumn. Sowing may be done either in seedling containers or directly into the garden.

Ideal cuttings for propagating are semi-hardwood and soft tip cuttings. Cuttings should be planted into river sand and there is no need to apply root-stimulating hormones. Each leaf is capable of producing a new plant when it drops to the ground. The rooted cuttings or seedlings must be planted in dry, shady conditions.

My mother plant from which I’ve taken several cuttings and they are now spread all over the garden.
Family: Crassulaceae
Afrikaans: Nentabos

8th September 2017 – FEATURED in “Indoor—Your Living Space”
18th September 2017 – FEATURED in “The Art of Still Life”

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