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Products > Kalanchoe 'John Bleck'
Kalanchoe 'John Bleck'

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (K. daigremontianum x K. tubiflorum)
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Kalanchoe 'John Bleck' - An upright growing succulent with a central stem to 2 feet tall with succulent green leaves that have red serrated margins and interesting triangular auriculate basal lobes that rise perpendicular to the leaf surface. From the top of the stem arises a 12 to 18 inch tall branching inflorescence holding clusters of pendulous flowers with light purple calyces and orange petals. Plant in full to part sun and irrigate occasionally to very little. Hardiness is not well known but has withstood light frosts and should be hardy to between 25-30 F. Will produce plantlets at the bottom of the hastate leaf bases. We received this plant from noted aloe breeder John Bleck, who received it labeled as Kalanchoe peteri but as it didn't match the description of this species he speculated that it was actually a hybrid, possibly between Kalanchoe daigremontianum and K. tubiflorum.. Both of these species are ones that were once placed in the Bryophyllum genus and produce plantlets on the leaf tips as this one does - this plant has the foliage more like Kalanchoe daigremontianum but with flowers more similar to K. tubiflorum. We are certain that this plant has a valid cultivar name, but until such time as we discover what it is, we are call it by the name of the person we received it from.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Kalanchoe 'John Bleck'.