The Ornamental Beauty of the Kalanchoe Millotii Plant
If you’re new to houseplants and don’t have much of a green thumb, then the Kalanchoe Millotii is the succulent for all your plant-related problems. It’s resilient, doesn’t need much care, and blossoms beautifully without you needing to do much.
But that doesn’t mean you have to do nothing. Wondering how to take care of your Kalanchoe Millotii? Let’s check out seven ways to do just that!
What Is the Kalanchoe Milloti?
Succulent plants like Kalanchoe Millotii are indigenous to dry regions of Madagascar. These shrub-like plants can grow up to a foot tall (12 inches) and have scalloped, murky green leaves, typically covered in thick felt.
Because the Kalanchoe Milloti is small, evergreen, and drought-resistant, it makes for the ideal indoor plant, no matter the climate.
How to Care for Kalanchoe Milloti
If you’re new to houseplants and don’t have much of a green thumb, the Kalanchoe Milloti is perfect for you. Drought-resistant and indoor-friendly, you really can’t go wrong with Milloti.
Here’s how you can take care of it:
1. Let There Be Light
Sunloving Kalanchoe thrive in a sunny landscape, but avoid keeping them in direct sunlight because it can sear the leaves off your plants, especially in arid regions!
So, put your succulents in areas with some mild shade to shield them from the sun’s intense rays during the day. You can also choose window sills that get enough light throughout the day to keep them happy.
And even though the Kalanchoe Millotii needs six hours of direct sunlight daily to thrive, it can get by with less. Just be sure to rotate your plants every so often so each side gets consistent light.
2. Be Wise with Watering
Kalanchoe Millotii needs to be watered carefully. However, because they’re a species of drought-tolerant plant, you must be careful not to overwater them. Always wait until the soil is completely dry before watering them again.
Why? Because overwatering can result in root and leaf decay and even cause fungal growth. This fungal growth can quickly infect the whole plant. However, if the plant does not get enough water, the leaves will wilt and eventually fall off if you don’t give it enough water.
But if you’re looking for a stick-to estimate, remember that succulents like Kalanchoe Millotii thrive in low light and should be watered once every two weeks.
3. Invest in Succulent-Friendly Soil
Being unable to transport water from its roots into the earth like most plants, the Kalanchoe Millotii requires a soil mixture with good drainage.
Any succulent-friendly soil mixture will work well for Kalanchoe Millotii. Since succulent plants are susceptible to overwatering, succulent soil mixtures have excellent drainage properties, which is exactly what these plants want.
You can also create succulent-friendly soil at home by combining sand and a mixture of peat moss and clay in a 1:1 ratio. Most succulents love this combination. You can reduce the sand content if the potting mix is too loose.
4. Free From Fertilizers
The Kalanchoe Milloti is a hardy plant and grows well using the nutrients already in the soil. Fertilizer is typically not needed. However, you can use a slow-release fertilizer once a month to make your plant appear lush and healthy.
You can even use a liquid fertilizer and mix it in the soil.
If you live in a region with cool winters, when Kalanchoe Millotii succulents fall dormant, spring is the ideal time to fertilize your plants. However, before fertilizing your Kalanchoe Millotii succulent plant again, wait until all observable signs of frost have vanished.
Warm conditions are ideal for Kalanchoe Millotii. They blossom in the summer because they adore the sun.
And although they can endure the winter’s cold, the temperature should not fall below 55˚ F. You must bring your plants indoors if you reside in a region with severely cold winters to save them from freezing.
However, if you cannot bring your Kalanchoe Millotii indoors, you can keep it warm by covering it with a frost cloth.
6. Temperature and Humidity
Tropical plants like Kalanchoe Millotii succulents need enough warmth and humidity to survive. Too much humidity can cause rot or create mold.
So, the best temperature for these plants is between 65˚ and 80˚ F (18˚ and 27˚ C) during the day and between 60˚ and 65˚ F at night. Kalanchoe Millotii plants must be kept in this temperature range. That’s because the plant will not grow below 55˚ F (13˚ C) and may perish above 95˚ F (35˚ C).
Also, don’t allow them to get too hot or too chilly, and place them away from any doors or windows with drafts that make it feel colder inside than outside.
7. Diseases and Pests
There aren’t many pests or illnesses that could harm Kalanchoe Millotii plants. However, they are susceptible to mealybugs and aphids, just like all succulents. Regularly checking the plant’s leaves will help you keep an eye out for these pests.
And if you find them, spray a pesticide on the leaves to get rid of these pests. Neem oil is an excellent option if you’re looking for an organic way to eliminate these pests. However, use a diluted version of the oil, or you risk burning the plant.
How to Propagate Kalanchoe Millotii
Succulents like Kalanchoe Millotii can be grown by taking leaf and stem cuttings. Less time and effort are needed for leaf-cutting propagation than for stem propagation.
However, both techniques yield healthy plants when employing high-quality leaves or branches clipped in the spring (before new growth emerges). Let’s take a look at what to do:
1. Take the Cutting
Kalanchoes can be propagated well in the summer or spring. However, they often won’t produce flowers this time of the year because they’re busy saving energy up for the upcoming bloom. However, you can steer some energy toward new growth.
So, choose a mature, healthy stem that isn’t in bloom — it must have at least two or three leaves and be several inches long. Make an even cut right above (or below) a stem node or leaf using your knife blade or clippers.
You can also make use of propagation to nip back those lanky stems because Kalanchoe is vulnerable to etiolation. By doing this, you’ll be able to cut the right stem while also removing the plant’s undesirable growth.
2. Let the Cutting Dry
After you’ve cut an ideal propagation stem, leave it out to dry. The callous that will develop where the stem was cut will shield it from rot and illness.
It can take a couple of days for the stem to dry out, depending on the thickness of the plant.
3. Plant It
Succulents require a soil mixture that drains efficiently — and soil for succulents is the best way to go. Also, these plants’ roots do not like water immersion, so use a pot with drainage holes.
And while you can place several Kalanchoes in a single pot if it’s large enough, remember that the young cuttings will need room to grow. So, choose a pot for each to give them room to grow.
Plus, when you’re doing the planting, lightly press each cutting into the earth to ensure the stems stand upright. It’ll help it get optimal sunlight.
Also, remember that your cutting will truly take off in a humid environment. So, put a plastic ziplock or another bag over the pot to add more moisture to your plant. However, cut a few openings in the bag to allow air circulation.
4. Let It Grow
Put your cutting in an area with bright, filtered light. However, because the leaves of Kalanchoe plants are susceptible to sunburn, keep them out of direct sunlight. Always maintain a temperature of at least 50° F.
Plus, make sure the soil is moist by using a bottle of spray or occasional watering. And water your Kalanchoe trimming only when the soil in the pot is beginning to dry out.
Why You Should Grow Kalanchoe Milloti In Your Home
Kalanchoe Milloti and other succulents, which are drought-tolerant plants, make excellent houseplants and are quite simple to grow.
And while the Milloti loves the sun, it can easily thrive indoors — if given generous light. Plus, in the summers, the Milloti plant sprouts gorgeous clusters of greenish-yellow flowers, making it the perfect ornament.
FAQs About Kalanchoe Milloti
1. Does Kalanchoe produce new leaves to reproduce?
Yes. Kalanchoe, like other succulents, can reproduce through leaves that fall and take root in the ground.
2. Where are Kalanchoes cut?
The plant should be cut right where the stem meets the soil.
3. Does Kalanchoe prefer the sun or the shade?
Kalanchoes, like most succulent plants, thrive on bright, sunny days.