The marniers kalanchoe is a type of succulent that appears as a nice blue-green color. When happily stressed the edges of the leafs will turn more of a pink color which can be used as one of the many indicators health. This species (like most Kalanchoes) are easy to propagate, and require little water. Which makes them perfect for a beginner starting out with succulents.
|Lighting||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
|Water||Water when soil is completely dry.|
|Propagation Methods||Stem Cuttings, seeds, and/or Leaf Cuttings|
|Soil Type||Well Draining|
Full Sun to partial shade is best for this succulent. You will know when it’s receiving adequate light in two ways:
- The leaves will become pinkish around the edges
- The plant will grow towards the light. If it’s not receiving enough light, the plant can become elongated and/or grow in awkward directions to receive more sunlight (e.g. the branch does basically 180 degree turn)
As with most succulents, this plant needs very little water. During the spring/summer, I tend to water it around once a week. During the fall/winter months I may push it out to watering every two weeks as they don’t need nearly as much water in the winter.
As you’re trying to figure out a watering schedule for this plant, there’s a few things you can look for:
- Are the leaves sufficiently plump and a full bluish/green color? If they appear translucent at all, then it’s a sign that you may be over watering the plant.
- Is the soil wet at all? A common way to test this is by sticking your finger deep into the soil as the top layer of soil could be dry, but the lower levels might still be retaining water. So be sure to check a little ways in before deciding to water.
- If aerial roots start appearing, then you may increase watering frequency (or amount you give when watering). Aerial roots are usually a sign that they need more water or sunlight.
There’s a few ways to propagate the plant, and fortunately they’re almost all easy to do. If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend avoiding seeds for the time being, they tend to be a bit more frustrating to get right and you’ll have a lower success rate. However, the other methods are just as satisfying and will give you larger offspring faster.
- Leaf Propagation – For this, you just need to carefully twist a leaf off and watch it slowly grow pups. I usually get around 2-4 pups for every leaf, but some may not make it.
- Stem Cuttings – Simply cut a branch of the parent plant. Give the cutting a few days to callous over to prevent infection/rot. Once its calloused over, then you may plant it. It should develop roots in a few weeks.
- Seeds – I have not personally tried producing this species from seed, but you’ll need to have patience to get a fully grown plant from seed. Plus, you need to ensure the right conditions for the seed to germinate. For most succulents, you want a humid/warm environment, but not fully wet. To do this, I usually try placing the seeds in pot with soil and encapsulating the pot in a zip lock bag.
There’s a few reasons why I would consider owning this species (and for the record I own it and enjoy it).
Easy to keep alive
This plant requires little oversight/maintenance to keep alive. I spend more time enjoying the aesthetics then I do worrying about if I’m doing everything right. Which is one of the reasons why I would recommend this plant to beginners. This plant also has a lot of noticeable signs when it needs attention.
Easy to Propagate
The easiness in which you can propagate this species is one of the reasons why I enjoy owning this species. It has allowed me to learn propagation methods so that I can take the technique to other species that are a little more sensitive when trying to propagate.
This plant grows leafs while extending the stem, which makes creates an interesting dynamic where the entire plant looks like it’s reaching for the light.
Like any species, there’s always downsides to owning them. Below are the ones I’ve found throughout my ownership of the Kalanchoe Marniers.
Requires Grooming To Maintain Appearance
Like most succulents, aesthetics can be affected if proper care is not maintained. This can become particularly troublesome if lighting and/or watering becomes an issue. If watering is the issue, you’ll notice aerial roots will start appearing. Cleaning this up can be a pain. However, when lighting is an issue you’ll have the plant bend and elongate to the brightest area. This bending/elongating is not easy to resolve without creating a cutting to remove the affected pieces.
This is a double headed feature of the species that can be seen as good or bad. I tend to place this on the negative side, simply because it can become overwhelming as it propagates on it’s own. Proper grooming and you can keep it looking great (and you’ll have something to share with your friends)