Little Kalanchoes demonstrate big word: Phenology

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Fraxinus (a.k.a. Fraxy or "get out of there, you!") says she can tell us all about phenology, in the improved snap and crunch of a Kalanchoe that grew where wind, cold and lots of sun kept it stout. It's probably also loaded with extra defensive chemicals that can alter the taste, but she loves to learn such differences! 

Winter's a fine time to catch up on ideas

So many thoughts glimmer attractively as we pass by during the busy growing season, but rarely do we have time to follow them to their promised light.

For instance, did growing conditions make a huge difference between two clones of Kalanchoe? We gave away one of three cuttings received from a friend and want to check now on what we thought we saw. We couldn't be sure until we arranged to put the two back side by side.



Phenology: The study of the influence of climate on biological phenomenon such as variations in fur, bark, or flower.





Look! The one on the left grew in a warm room four feet away from a south facing window, which was shaded by a porch roof.
The other (right) grew cold and relatively bright
on a south facing metal windowsill.

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The colder, brighter plant has thicker, sturdier stems (arrows, below), more of its varieties' coloration on leaf tips, and smaller, tougher leaves. The warmer plant is larger with more fragile stems and less "chocolate" spotting.