A world traveller in your own back garden

The name Kalanchoe is a Latin derivative of the Chinese word 'Kalan Chau'. The Kalanchoe grew there on the steppes in the wild, as well as in Madagascar and in South Africa. The Kalanchoe belongs to the Crassulaceae family. These are Succulents; this means that the plants have fleshy leaves or stems, usually with moisture containing thick leaves; hence Succulents. The Crassulaceae family is very large, there are many varieties and forms of which the best-known varieties are the multicoloured Kalanchoe blossfeldiana hybrids. The wild plant was brought to Paris, where it gained much attention.

So small, so cute, so colourful. It also attracted the attention of the German seed merchant Dr Robert Blossfeld, who already saw all of its great commercial opportunities then. In 1932 he introduced the Kalanchoe ‘Blossfeldiana' as an indoor plant but it would still take half a century before the plant broke through internationally. This was mainly due to the efforts of American, German, Danish and Dutch horticulturalists. Now Dutch growers and traders offer a broad range for indoor and outdoor use, with plenty of choice at your Garden Centre, at the market and from your florist.