Not all plants are green in the same way. But you can rest assured that the growers of the colourful Kalanchoë fully meet the strictest standards set by the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI).
This international platform ensures the cultivation and breeding of the Kalanchoë is exclusively done in line with the FSI standards. This doesn’t just make the Kalanchoë a very cheerful addition to both your home and garden, but means it’s definitely good for the planet too.
Ultramodern, well-insulated greenhouses are equipped with efficient heating systems, energy-saving screen installations and computer-controlled climate control. The plants grow under optimal conditions, with minimal input from heat, electricity and water with nutrients. Mechanised systems for potting, internal transport and processing of the plants make the work easier and certainly also contribute to good working conditions.
Kalanchoë growers also make optimal use of the CO2 released by the industry. This subsequently provides a fantastic contribution to reducing the climate problem. Heat which isn’t immediately needed is temporarily stored for use at a later stage. Any electricity produced which is not required on site will either go to a colleague or the grid.
The water systems used by the companies are completely closed. Any water – including the added nutrients - remaining after a watering session (drain water) is filtered and passed through a disinfection installation, after which it’s suitable for reuse.
Kalanchoës are strong plants and are not particularly susceptible to pests and diseases when they are cared for correctly. Where necessary, these are mainly combated with agents which will have the lowest possible environmental impact, or they’ll be biologically controlled with enemies and agents of a natural origin.
Kalanchoë growers and their suppliers have been working hard at reducing the use of peat in potting soils for years, and to partly replace this with sustainable alternatives, such as wood chips, coconut fibre and coconut chips. An additional advantage of these latter products is that the Kalanchoë growers also contribute to the sustainability of coconut plantations in India and Sri Lanka, to name but a few. It appears the plants grow incredibly well on their ‘waste’. Making this a genuine win-win situation.
Sustainable at home
It’s certainly not difficult for consumers to keep their Kalanchoë beautiful, strong and healthy at home for a long period of time. Water the plants sparingly and allow the top layer of soil to dry between waterings. Use any plant food with caution too, as the Kalanchoë, as a succulent, naturally doesn’t require a great deal extra. And once you’re done with your Kalanchoë, you can easily dispose of it with your green waste for composting. Another reason why the Kalanchoë is a plant to immensely enjoy from ‘cradle to grave’.