Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana – Flaming Katy
Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana is a bushy succulent originating in Madagascar and the common name “Flaming Katy” derives from the original red species. Through years of hybridising however we can now enjoy this flowering houseplant in many other colours although its common name seems to have stuck with it.
I would consider this plant a good one for a beginner or a more experienced houseplant lover. It is not very demanding in its requirements and will bloom over a long period of time and at almost any time of the year.
Kalanchoes are available to purchase in flower all year round so it is a simple matter of choosing a colour and size of plant to suit your needs at the time. There is a good range of colours to choose from now with yellow, orange, white and various shades of pink available all in addition to the original red. Look out for the attractive bi-colour forms as well. Blooms will be either single or double so this increases the choice even further.
Being succulent plants Kalanchoes have thick fleshy leaves and these act as a water store. As the plant uses up the water supply from its compost, if it does not receive any further water it will call on its reserves and start to draw in moisture from its leaves. This makes this plant ideal if you are one of those people who tends to forget watering. Although it is best not to let your Kalanchoe get absolutely bone dry, it will not immediately curl up and die at the first sign of dryness. A sure sign that the plant needs watering is if the leaves start to shrivel.
Kalanchoe is one of the few houseplants that does not object to some bright light, making it ideal for a sunny windowsill. The foliage tends to take on a reddish hue when exposed to prolonged sunlight but this is not detrimental to the plant itself.