The Donkey Ear plant is a slow-growing, rich-looking plant that can reach maturity in six years and it will be 12 to 18 inches tall by then. The plant has bronze-green, maroon-splotched leaves that are coated with white wax.
This Donkey Ear plant is a Kalachoe species, also known as the palm beachbells. Keep reading this article, as it will assist you to become an expert in parenting this stunning plant.
- What Is Donkey Ear Plant?
- Donkey Ear Plant Care
What Is Donkey Ear Plant?
The Donkey Ear plant is a succulent that is also known as Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri. This plant’s leaves resemble donkey ears and that’s how it was named. The plant can produce yellow and red flowers from its 18-inch tall spikes and it will naturally die back after flowering.
Donkey Ear Plant Care
Donkey Ear plants do not require too much attention but neglecting it can cause serious harm to your houseplant. Proper care should be exercised for your plant to grow healthy.
– Water Requirements
You should use the ‘deep and thorough’ method when watering your Donkey Ear plant. Irrigate the plant slowly until you see the water coming out through the draining holes. In summer, water your Donkey Ear plant once every week. Reduce the watering to once or twice a month in winter because the rate of evaporation is slow due to low temperatures.
You should allow the top two inches of the potting mix to dry completely before the next watering. You can use your finger to check the soil moisture by pressing it into the potting mixture. If your finger feels the moist soil, your Donkey Ear plant is not ready for more water. If the potting mix is dry, consider watering your plant.
Donkey Ear plants are drought resistant so they can tolerate underwatering. Avoid overwatering because its well-being can be in jeopardy. The pot should have drainage holes so that excess water can escape, leaving the plant sitting in well-moistened soil that is not soggy.
– Light Requirements
Partial shade and filtered light can make the Donkey Ear plant live a happy life. Although the Donkey Ear prefers bright indirect light, six hours of full sun per day will do justice as the plant loves the sun also.
The morning sun is preferable as it is less likely to scorch the plant leaves. The waxy covering also protects the leaves from sunburn if the plant is not exposed to direct sun for prolonged periods.
If the windows of your house are not providing enough light, consider getting a grow light. You should follow the instructions in the manual on how to use the grow light for best results. Do not place the light too close to the plant to reduce the risk of burning the plant foliage.
We recommend you get the grow light that provides a blue spectrum. Your Donkey Ear plant wil