ID for Kalanchoe please.

madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,675
My sister bought this back as a cutting from Sardinia a few years ago (something I have told her not to do anymore).
It is a Kalanchoe and had sort of identified it as K.fedtschenkoi (Lavender scallops).
However it has only ever grown tall and the leaves never spread out but stay close to the stem.
I keep it indoors.
Does anyone know if the ID is correct and why the leaves are like this.

“Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,675
    A gentle BUMP!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 3,737
    K. Laxiflora is similar too. It looks tucked up in drought survival mode. Does it open up if you increase water and feed? Care instructions seem hard to come by but I'd be tempted to take a few cuttings and try some with more regular watering and see what happens. Does it get plenty of sun where it's kept?
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,675
    Thank you.
    It has always grown like this never 'opening up'.
    Also gets plenty of sun and watered like my other succulents.
    I could try putting it in a shadier position,might even put it outside for the summer!
    These are all cuttings in the pot but could take some more and see if it branches out at all.
    K.laxiflora looks another possible ID for it.
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 3,737
    It's definitely an interesting plant. Did your sister say if it was growing that way when she took the cutting? I'm wondering if it might have inherited a mutation like the crested forms that some succulents produce. Maybe you could try the pure cat litter/pumice hydroponic method and see if it helps it to open up. Has it ever flowered at all?
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,675
    My sister just said it was growing in wild in Sardinia.
    It looks like it roots along the ground and then sends up shoots.
    It has never flowered and is in a succulent mix with cat litter.Will try watering more and see if that helps.
    Certainly an interesting plant!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,675
    edited 9 June
    The Kalanchoe has been watered,fed and put outside in a light position with only some direct sun and is now looking like a different plant altogether in just 4 weeks!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 3,737
    Wow what a difference that's made :o  It looks like a different plant now. It'll be interesting to see what it looks like when it flowers.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,675
    Nearly 6 months on from the last photo and the plant has really grown!
    Was outside until about a month ago and now resides in the unheated back porch.
    Rapidly outgrowing it's pot and even has flower buds.
    Will update when in bloom!!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 3,737
    It's looking good now. I wonder if it will get its lavendar colour back next summer when it gets more sun? Can't wait to see the flowers. :)
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