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Fantastic is Right

Posted by kaktuskris 5 (barharbor75@yahoo.com) on
Tue, May 8, 12 at 18:42

I believe they call this 'Fantastic,' for good reason in my book.

Christopher


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WOWSER,I love that-----Is it a kalanchoe,crassula or what?? Inquiring minds Need to know.
Kathi


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Soooo handsome, I'm a pushover for nice variegation. Is this K. thyrsifolia?


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Yes, Karen, it is, the variegated form known as 'Fantastic.'

Has some lovely red colouration on the lower leaves.

Christopher


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I am pretty sure that this is actually K. luciae 'Fantastic'. It's mislabeled nearly everywhere it's sold, but K. thyrsifolia is actually nearly completely green and less exciting.


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Get that thing outside so it can get more of the red coloring. Is Maine still freezing on the coast? It will take a light frost if it is dry and similar to the normal K luciae. Winter sun is what makes it color up beautifully. Check for the hardiness ratings. K. luciae will withstand 29 F easily. Mine survived a QUICK dip to 27 but the leaves were damaged and it had to come back from the core. Texas does quick dips and does not stay their usually.


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That is a gorgeous plant!! Gee, I didn't notice that reddish coloring on the edge of the leaves until I went back and looked! I still consider myself a newbie because if I wanted to puchase this plant I'd spend all my life looking for one without and red in it! That is what is so hard for me to learn...all the variations a single plant can have.


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Thanks for the comments! I do like this plant.

I went with the name Kalanchoe thyrsiflora 'Fantastic' because the growers who developed this plant, Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery, list it as that, incorrect though it may be.

I will have to try to get it outside once this cool rainy New Hampshire weather improves.

Christopher


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Nice plant. This is what it will look like with more light.
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Oh dear! Now I'm just lusting for that plant! Simply gorgeous! I'm such a sucker for any plant with red in it. We just took a trip to a couple of nurseries to the south of us, but did not see this plant there. I suspect I may need to hunt it down at shows.

Penny


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Christopher, I was thinking the Bar Harbor in the email was a hint that you lived in Maine. I used to live in NH up just south of Conway. COLD for succulents!


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Put this outside in the sun today, see if any more red develops...

Wanton, I am at the opposite end of NH, near the MA border, but still cold.

Christopher


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