Simone is a cultivar of the kalanchoe plant that originates from Madagascar. Kalanchoe is a succulent that blooms in the winter. There are many different cultivars of this plant, some with red, yellow or pink flowers. Simone was developed to have white flowers and the plant will grow between 1 to 1 1/2 feet tall. It can be grown outdoors in gardening zones 10 and 11 or grown indoors as a houseplant if you have sufficient light. Simone is quickly gaining popularity in the United States for its winter flowering and compact size.
Fill a small seed-starting flat with damp vermiculite. Place seeds on top of the vermiculite and press them down into it. The seeds are very small and you will be germinating more than one plant.
Cover the tray with plastic wrap and place in a warm area that receives bright, indirect light for about 10 days. Remove the plastic wrap as soon as you see the seedlings start to appear.
Mist the seedlings with a spray bottle to keep the vermiculite moist. Do not over-water or the tiny roots will rot and kill the plants.
Weed out the seedlings to the strongest one or amount of plants that you want to grow. They should be large enough to plant in five to seven weeks.
Fill a small flower pot with drain holes to within a half inch of the top of the pot with a mixture of half peat moss and half perlite.
Use your finger to make a hole in the center for your seedling and set the seedling in. The top of the seedling's roots should be even with the top of the soil. If you cover the stem with soil it will cause stem rot.
Water the soil when it starts to feel dry. Do not allow the foliage to stay wet for any period of time. Under-watering is better for succulents than over-watering but you don't want it to become completely dry.
Fertilize with a houseplant fertilizer once the roots have become established and you start to see significant growth. Follow manufacturer's directions on the amount to use for your plant.