Penwiper Plant, Pen Wiper Plant, Spotted Kalanchoe, Penwiper, Baby Penwiper
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Kalanchoe marmorata Baker is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Kalanchoe. It was named and described by John Gilbert Baker in Gardener’s Chronicle & Agricultural Gazette in 1892.
I bought this nice Kalanchoe marmorata from Elizabeth Li through the Facebook group Cheap Cactus and Succulents on April 6, 2018. I had selected a Sedum spathulifolium subsp. pruinosum ‘Cape Blanco’ and she said she had other plants. Most of what she had were really nice Echeveria. Since I have problems with some Echeveria species during the winter, I chose this Kalanchoe marmorata. She shipped the plants from California on Monday the 9th and they arrived on Friday the 13th. Both plants arrived safe and sound and were well-rooted.
The Kalanchoe marmorata has very thick leaves, kind of rubbery, with brownish-purple blotches. The leaves have a weird sticky feeling that is hard to explain. Common names include Penwiper Plant, Pen Wiper Plant, Spotted Kalanchoe, Penwiper, and Baby Penwiper. They are native to West and Central Africa where they grow up to 48″ tall but in pots, they normally grow to about 16″.
Origin: Central and West Africa
Zones: USDA Zones 10B-11 (35 TO 40° F)
Size: 16” tall
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained soil. Potting soil amended with extra grit, pumice or perlite.
Water: Average water needs during the growing period, sparse in winter.
Since I just bought this plant I don’t have any personal experiences to share. I went to the Llifle (Encyclopedia of Living Forms) website for more information.
Llifle says, “This is a very healthy plant and easy to grow. It needs a fast draining mix. Keep it where it is bright, sunny, warm and airy but protect from mid-day sun. Water well during the summer with dry periods between watering. During the winter, keep them rather dry, not completely. The leaves become redder with the cool nights of the winter, but will need protection from the cold during hard freezes.” Somewhat edited…
They also say the Kalanchoe marmorata produces starry white, four-petalled flowers, sometimes tinged with pink, “profusely from the end of winter to early spring.” They are short day plants blooming when they have less than 12 hours of light per day.
By the time warmer temperatures arrived and stayed, I moved all the potted plants outside for the summer. By that time, most of the leaves had fallen off of the Kalanchoe marmorata. I knew it would be OK, though, because it had two new leaves and an offset.
On July 4 I moved most of my potted plants to the front and back porch. I had a Japanese Beetle invasion which completely changed the light where the plant tables had been (under a Chinese Elm Tree the beetles loved).
The Kalanchoe marmorata definitely seems to be out of the woods now. It is doing much better and had 12 leaves when the above photo was taken on August 29. The leaves grow in groups of four.
I moved the plants inside where the succulents are enjoying the winter. Spring will soon be here and they can go back outside.
At some point, I will cut the main stem off a few inches below the lower leaves and re-root it and put the offset in its own pot. I may wait until next spring because I think I better leave well enough alone for now. As long as it is happy and doing well…
I will continue adding more photos and information as long as it likes me.
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