With Mother’s Day this weekend, I’ve started to think of a beautiful, thoughtful gift to send. Flowers are one thing, but after a few days they fade and die. So I thought perhaps a flowering plant might be the answer. After a little research I discovered the Kalanchoe or Flaming Katy.
Kalanchoes (Flaming Katy) are the second most popular houseplant after the orchid, but very few people know their name. A sweet little succulent that has a variety of brightly coloured flowers, where it possibly get’s its name ‘flaming’ from. Available in an array of mood-boosting colours from vivid pinks, oranges, and yellows through to creamy whites and pale pinks. My personal favourite is the orange, such a happy colour!
The Kalanchoe is actually a succulent, and therefore is easy to care for – just a weekly water will do – and they will live happily in any sunny room in your home. Not only that, they are night time oxygenators which means they release oxygen at night, helping to keep your home healthy, which we can all do with a bit of right now.
How to look after your Kalanchoe:
- Water: As a succulent, they need very little water, just once a week. Water moderately throughout the summer and reduce watering in the winter. Let the soil surface dry out between watering, and in the winter, the plant can almost dry out – they thrive in the low humidity of winter households. Watch the fleshy leaves for signs of water distress.
- Light: They prefer bright, sunny locations, especially during the summer growing season. During the winter, consider a south-facing window.
- Temperature: They prefer warmth. So a bright sunny room will do.
- Soil: An ordinary potting soil mix is fine.
- Fertiliser: Feed bi-weekly in the summer with a liquid fertiliser, or use slow-release pellets.
- From May – September (when there is no risk of frost) they will also live happily outside in pots on balconies or terraces.
I bought these in my local Sainsbury’s for just £2 each, and you can buy them also in other supermarkets and florists too. With just a weekly water, Kalanchoes will stay in bloom for up to 10 weeks! Now that is value for money!
If you are quick you can get one in time for Mother’s Day, or just to cheer yourself up when working at home.
For Kalanchoe care information and style inspiration, visit Always Kalanchoe www.kalanchoe.nl/en or follow on Instagram @alwayskalanchoe.
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