Would you like to have a fragrant houseplant, which will not be fastidious in care? If yes, then don’t take your time to decide, with no doubt , you found your plant— it is Kalanchoe. It is not only perfect decoration on your window, it is also very useful for medicinal purposes.
This houseplant is a succulent and come to us from tropics of South Africa — Madagascar Island. It was spread widely in India, China, Taiwan, Indochina, Mexico, Brazil, South and Central America. Now the biggest mystery for botanists is how this plant got into the territory of Europe. There is an opinion, that merchants brought Kalanchoe from East Asia at the end of the 19th century. On the island of Madagascar, Kalanchoe is able to germinate, forming a whole flowering carpet. Open sunny area helps kalanchoe adapt to different types of soil. Of course, nature perfectly copes with its role and saves all its creations.
For owner of this beautiful plant is better to follow simple recommendations to maintain the beauty of Kalanchoe.
How to care about Kalanchoe
- Temperature control
In the hot period of summer, the Kalanchoe adapts to any conditions and temperature. But in winter, the plant needs to limit watering (once a month) and move it to a room where the temperature does not exceed 12°C. Avoid placing plants near cool windowsills.
Kalanchoe likes an abundance of direct sunlight throughout the day. The sunny side of the window is perfect for Kalanchoe to grow. In summer, in the afternoon, the pot with kalanchoe may be moved into shade.
In winter Kalanchoe does not require shade even on the southern window-sill. If you grow Kalanchoe Blossfeld, then you need a longer daylight day in winter time. With artificial lighting, this plant can bloom even in winter.
- Air humidification
Kalanchoe is very resistant to dry air. Air humidification is necessary only for hygiene purposes — once a week.
- The transplant period of the plant
Kalanchoe loves slightly acidic or neutral soil. Transplant is carried out in the spring. Purchase soil and birch coals will help protect your Kalanchoe from external irritants and fungi. Also, during growth, this plant needs to be rejuvenated by cutting off the shoots or shortening them.
- Plant nutrition
It is necessary to fertilize a plant once a month. For this well suited fertilizer for cacti and succulents. It is desirable to fertilize strongly blossoming Kalanchoe, for more magnificent flowering.
House flower, depending on the variety, has several methods of reproduction: seeds, using cuttings.
The number of Kalanchoe exceeds two hundred species. Among them, it is easy to distinguish a medicinal plant, in which the stem and leaves are bright green, have a dense structure.
The leaves and stems contain more than 90% of the liquid — juice, rich in vitamins. The high content of vitamin C and vitamins of group P in Kalanchoe makes it incredibly useful for the human body.
The benefits of Kalanchoe for humans
External use (ointment):
— possesses bactericidal and antibacterial abilities;
— accelerates cell regeneration in case of skin burns;
— well nourishes hair follicles;
— removes puffiness under eyes;
— kalanchoe smell helps to establish sleep;
— cleans the air from germs;
— softens and heals the skin;
— kalanchoe juice copes with the swelling of the legs;
— accelerates blood clotting and heals wounds;
Internal application (juice):
— juice removes toxins from the body;
— helps with acute dental pain;
— juice reduces cholesterol in the body;
— helps with inflammatory processes in the body;
— relieves ear pain;
— strengthens the immune system;
— well removes bile from the body;
— copes with toxins;
— kalanchoe leaves relieve abdominal cramps, relieve fatigue;
— helps with respiratory diseases and sore throat;
— strengthens bones.
If, suddenly, your child is sick with ARVI, then a better remedy than Kalanchoe juice is hard to find in the national medicine chest.
Application for nasal congestion:
– dilute the Kalanchoe juice 50/50 with water; instilled 3-4 times a day.
Kalanchoe Degremon is used in the form of:
– juice diluted with water.
Ointment with Kalanchoe for external use:
1. Freshly squeezed juice (35 ml) mixed with petrolatum 25 g and lanolin 25 g
2. The resulting ointment must be stored in the refrigerator.
Juice preparation method:
1. Needs to take the densest leaves, usually located at the bottom of the stem.
2. Cut the leaves in a container with water for 5 -7 days in the refrigerator.
3. After a week, chop the leaves and squeeze the juice with gauze cloth.
Kalanchoe juice must be used within the next 7 days after production.
Kalanchoe knowingly received the name “Tree of Life“. Kalanchoe is not only pleasing to the eye with its fragrant flowers, but also is able to provide first aid for minor skin lesions, and mild cold.
ATTENTION! Self-medication can be dangerous to your health. Before use, consult with your doctor.