*decorative pot not included
Kalanchoe hildebrantii is known as ‘Silver Spoons’, and for once the common name really suits. The spoon-shaped leaves are covered with short silver hairs on top and bottom. It looks great with blue chalk sticks, Senecio serpens. The other Kalanchoe spoon is Kalanchoe orygyalis, perfectly named ‘Copper Spoons’. The leaves are silver on the bottom and copper or cinnamon-coloured on top. These make an upright little shrub-shape to about 30cm or so.
The best way to kill any of these Kalanchoes is to over-water them. Water only if the mix is dry when you stick a finger in it. If you put the pot you bought the plant home in directly into an ornamental pot, don’t forget to tip out any excess water after it rains.
Like other succulents, these Kalanchoe are easy to propagate to increase your supply or to share with envious friends. Lay a few leaves on a bed of sandy propagating mix (you’ll need to slice the back of midrib of K. beharensis in a few places so ensure contact with the mix) and leave them in a light but protected spot – don’t water them. In a month or so they will have grown roots and will develop into new plants.