Table of Contents
- 1 What is a Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi?
- 2 How to Care for a Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Succulent
- 3 FAQ
- 4 Other Kalanchoe plants to consider
- 5 References
What is a Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi?
Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi, also known as Lavender Scallops, is a gorgeous succulent flaunting its scalloped green leaves.
The plant was named in honor of a Russian botanist named Boris Fedtschenko.
The leaf edges are lavender-colored. The variegated version of this plant has cream-colored variegation.
This tiny succulent looks lovely as a desk or windowsill plant, but you can also use it as an outdoor landscape accessory.
It belongs to the Crassulaceae family, and it’s a forgiving houseplant. This plant is for forgetful or amateur gardeners.
This miniature succulent reaches a maximum height of 12 inches as a potted plant, but outdoors as a garden plant, the stems can reach up to 2 feet in height.
It grows multiple fleshy leaves in a rosette form, has upright stems, and even produces tiny pink loose clusters of flowers that add to the beauty of this plant.
The blooming occurs in late spring or early summer, and the pink blooms are bell-shaped. Each flower bloom is about 1 inch in length.
This succulent variety goes by several names, including Variegated Lavender Scallops, Gray Sedum, Kalanchoes Stonecrop, and South American Air Plant.
This plant is named after Boris Fedtschenkoi, and it belongs to Madagascar.
In contrast to other plants, the Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi is 10 times more water-efficient than important crops like wheat because it catches the majority of its carbon dioxide during the night, when the air is colder and more humid.
How to Care for a Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Succulent
Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi is a succulent found in Madagascar and used to drier and cooler weather. Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi is a low-maintenance plant that requires little attention. The plant can be propagated through stem cuttings or seedlings.
You can grow this succulent outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b for an eye-catching display.
It prefers temperatures between 64 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (18 and 20 degrees Celsius) as an indoor plant.
In addition, Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi is a frost-sensitive plant, so avoid leaving it outdoors in cold weather.
Luckily, this variety is not fussy about the air humidity levels, so it will thrive almost anywhere in your house.
This succulent should be kept on a windowsill where it gets bright light.
Getting the light requirements right during the summer season is extremely important for the growth of this plant.
This succulent thrives better under natural light than under grow lights.
Place it near south or west-facing windows indoors. It can grow under the shade of tall plants where it receives partial sunlight.
Avoid keeping it under low light for an extended period, or the plant will not grow properly.
The intensity of light on this plant is responsible for the color of the scalloped edges and cream-colored variegation.
However, it would be best to protect it from harsh direct sunlight as it can damage the foliage.
Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi is a drought-tolerant plant, and the succulent leaves can store moisture.
Unlike some other plants that need regular watering, this tolerant plant does not need much water, even during the hot summer months.
Be cautious about watering as this plant is sensitive to overwatering.
It would be best to water this succulent once a week in hot weather. But always allow the potting soil to dry in between waterings.
The watering frequency depends on several factors, but you have to water the Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi only when the top few inches of potting soil are dry.
Reduce watering when the Lavender Scallops plant is not growing actively.
Soil and Fertilizer
Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi needs a well-draining, porous soil mixture that guarantees protection from overwatering.
Young Fedtschenkoi plants are prone to root rot infections. If any mold starts growing in the soil, it will halt its growth.
Create a porous potting mix using sand and perlite or a premade succulent mix.
Fertilizing will help plant growth, so feed the Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi once or twice a week in the growing season. Fertilized plants also grow thicker leaves.
Soluble fertilizer works best for potted succulents. Do not feed it in winter; otherwise, you might end up killing this tiny succulent.
Only two pests can create issues for this hardy houseplant; spider mites and mealybugs.
These can be removed by spraying with water, but if the bugs keep reappearing, you can use neem oil or rubbing alcohol.
Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi should be repotted once a year.
The growth rate of your tiny plant will increase as repotting improves the growing conditions.
Repotting should be done carefully to avoid damaging the roots or the leaves.
This is such a pretty succulent variety that you will not be satisfied with a single plant.
Propagation will help you add more Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi to the houseplant collection.
This unique succulent produces tiny plantlets on the edges of its leaves, which allows you to propagate it using just leaves.
Another approach is to take a few healthy leaf cuttings from the mother plant and leave them in an outdoor area. Let the cuts heal under the sun.
Make sure you handle the plant with care while taking leaf cuttings.
Using a rooting hormone solution is optional. Newly propagated leaves will start growing within 2-3 weeks.
Propagate Variegated Lavender Scallops leaves in a succulent, porous soil mix that drains well.
This succulent can also be propagated via seed propagation. The seeds are collected from the blooms.
Wait for the flower blooms to dry before using them for seed collection.
Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi should be pruned to remove any leggy growth on the upright stems.
As the plant ages, some leaves will start withering, which should be pruned to conserve plant energy.
How fast do Lavender Scallops grow?
Lavender Scallops plants are slow-growing. After a year or two, it will most likely only grow to a height of 12 inches. Gardeners wishing for a little houseplant plant with rich, dark green leaves might consider these to add to their succulent garden.
Can you propagate Lavender Scallops?
Seeds, cuttings, division, or the plantlets of the Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi that emerge on the container’s edges are the most efficient means of propagating. If you want to plant this variety in the ground, the stems will drop and produce new offspring. Lastly, this plant will not do well with water propagation as a water-sensitive succulent. It would be best if you propagated it in a porous soil medium.
Are Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Plants Toxic?
Yes, lavender scallop plants are indeed toxic when ingested. You should definitely keep these plants away from small children and pets.
How often should I water Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi?
Every few days, dip your finger in the dirt, and as soon as the top 2 inches of soil are completely dry, it’s time to water your Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi. If your plant is indoors, you can probably get away with watering every two or three weeks, but make sure you check on it often.
Other Kalanchoe plants to consider
Lavender Scallops is a compact succulent adorning your houseplant collection with scalloped leaf margins. In suitable warm climates, Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi makes a perfect ground cover.
Below are just some examples of other Kalanchoe plants you might want to grow. Also, do check out our more comprehensive list of various types of kalanchoe succulents.
- Kalanchoe marnieriana: More commonly named the Marnier’s Kalanchoe, this succulent is known for its flowers. If the brightly colored leaves and interesting shape of this plant’s leaves aren’t enough to convince you to grow it in your garden, the bright pinkish-red flowers that bloom in the spring might.
- Kalanchoe tubiflora: Most know this plant as the “Mother of Millions” or “Chandelier plant.” It’s one of the most interesting types of succulents because they produce a ton of little plantlets that can grow into new plants on their own. There are so many of these plantlets that grow along the edges of their leaves, it is no wonder it’s called the “Mother of Millions” plant.
- Kalanchoe beharensis: You might know this as the Velvet Elephant Ear, Velvet Leaf Plant, and Felt Bush. These nicknames come from the fact that the leaves have a shape and size that look like elephant ears. They are hardy plants that can be grown outside that look great in your landscaping, yard, or garden.
Lindsey Hyland grew up in Arizona where she studied at the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. She continued her gardening education by working on organic farms in both rural and urban settings. She started UrbanOrganicYield.com to share gardening tips and tactics. She’s happy to talk about succulents and houseplants or vegetables and herbs – or just about anything in a backyard garden or hydroponics garden.