Is donkey ears a succulent?
Kalanchoe gastonis bonnieri is a fast-growing succulent with waxy coated, maroon-spotched leaves that extend up to 20″ long. Plantlets develop at tip of leaves which will either drop to the ground or weigh the main leaf down, so the plantlets will take root.
How do you care for a donkey ear succulent?
The succulent needs a moderate level of watering throughout the summer. However, the plant needs less water in winter. Water only when the top 1” or 2” inches of soil start to dry out. Feed the plant twice a week in summer, using a liquid fertilizer or a slow-release fertilizer.
Do donkey ears bloom?
After growing about a year or more, donkey ears can send up tall bloom stalks bearing pink bell-like flowers in calyxes with four green petals. Reports say that the flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Most gardeners will want to grow this plant as a container plant in full sun to light shade.
What kind of plant has a donkey’s ear?
Botanically called Kalanchoe Gastonis-Bonnieri (kal-un-KOH-ee gas-TON bon-nee-ER-ee), donkey ear plants are annual/biennial succulents and a member of the Crassulaceae family and the Sedoideae subfamily. This Kalanchoe plant is native to Madagascar and is called the “Donkey Ear” because of the resemblance its leaves share with donkey’s ears.
How often do you water a donkey ear plant?
Donkey ear plants have fairly low water requirements. The succulent needs a moderate level of watering throughout the summer. However, the plant needs less water in winter. Water only when the top 1” or 2” inches of soil start to dry out. Feed the plant twice a week in summer, using a liquid fertilizer or a slow-release fertilizer.
How long does it take donkey ear plant to bloom?
The flowering process usually lasts for approximately two months, after which the succulent begins to die back. Donkey ear plants enjoy full sun or partial shade. However, if placed immediately in the sun, the leaves may burn and die. Therefore, place the plant in an area where it receives part sun or filtered light.
When is the best time to prune a donkey plant?
The drought-tolerant plant is able to be pruned at any time of the year. Always allow the soil to dry before giving another dose of irrigation. Keep the soil moist, but avoid overwatering at all costs. Bring the donkey plant indoors when the temperature gets freezing cold.