I had a beautiful leafy, bright red flowering Christmas Kalanchoe (pronounced “kal-un-KOH-ee”). Note past tense “had”. I was first attracted to the vibrant clusters of flowers at the nursery but they never reappeared after I brought it home. After three years that lush plant is now spindly and not so easy on the eyes. Deep down I’ve hoped the Kalanchoe would somehow “fade away” so I wouldn’t have to be responsible for it any more.
It’s trying hard to stay alive so my guilt is preventing me from tossing it out (it could also be the separation anxiety I suffer from when disposing my things). But, after some coaxing from my boyfriend to put it out of it’s misery and grow new plants from cuttings I’ve decided to give my brown thumb another test.
The Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana (also known as Christmas Kalanchoe, Florist Kalanchoe and I love this name – Flaming Katy) is a succulent native to Madagascar and was introduced in Potsdam, Germany in 1932 by Robert Blossfeld 1932. It produces clusters of small flowers above dark green, waxy leaves in single and double flowering varieties. The flowers come in many bright brilliant colours like white, pink, fuchsia, red, yellow, gold, orange, etc.
From what I gather, they are actually easy to maintain, even for beginners. Well I’ll be darned! This “pre”-beginner has some work to do before reporting back…