The plant that resembles a flowery version of a forest fire when it blooms with its orange and reddish flowers – Flaming katy. Native to the Madagascar islands, this plant is an inexpensive houseplant that has been considered herbal and is used to treat infections and as an anti-inflammatory substance. This plant is appreciated in Chinese culture as it symbolizes prosperity in the country. The flaming katy has been a favorite of many plant parents as it is affordable as well as a plant with a long life that stays with you through many years. Won’t you try bringing prosperity to your home through these plants as the Chinese say?
Common name: Flaming Katy / Widow’s Thrill / Christmas Kalanchoe
Scientific name: Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana
Size: A slow grower in nature, this plant reaches a mature growth of about 40-45 cm tall and can cover an area of about 50 cm.
Maintenance: These succulents are low maintenance. Perfect for beginners who want to try gardening.
Toxicity: It is best if you keep this plant out of reach from kids as well as your beloved four legged buddies. It is toxic to both humans and pets alike. Ingesting this plant accidentally might cause severe digestive problems and more.
You must water these plants only when the soil is completely dry. And when watering, do water graciously to break the dry spell.
These plants require less direct sunlight compared to other succulents - 1-2 hours of direct exposure is enough. Other times partial shade does the trick. Many people play with light settings to manipulate the blooming of the plant to their liking.
The flaming katy can survive a soil with fewer nutrients, given that it does not compromise on its ability to drain water. It will be better if you get soil that is specially made for succulents.
High humidity can result in yellowing of the leaves. They might even wilt away if you do not get the situation in control. Keep these plants in a surrounding with dry air.
Basic all-purpose fertilizer spray once in a couple of months is enough for the plant. To encourage a good flowering, you can fertilize the plant during fall. Do not fertilize during winters or when the flower blooms.
Using cuttings is the best way to propagate these plants. Trying seed germination will be a very impractical way to go about it, rather buying a new plant is better as they’re relatively cheap. The cutting used should be about 7 cm long and let it dry out before repotting it.