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The Donkey Ear plant is invasive in many places around the United States. It has been found growing in almost all states including, Florida, Illinois, Alabama, California, etc.
Also called Palm Beachbells, Giant Kalanchoe, Good Luck Leaf, Leaf of Life, Life Plant, Miracle Leaf, Sprout Leaf Plant, Sprouting Leaf, Tree of Life.
Kalanchoes are not particularly hard to grow, and the flowering varieties are highly rewarding for their colorful and long-lasting flowers.
Donkey Ears are monocarpic plants. They usually die back after flowering, but they produce new plants, or pups, you can replant to replace the original plant.
Growing up to 18 inches tall and wide with ovate-lanceolate leaves that can be enormous, up to 20 inches long. The leaves are bronze-green covered with a waxy white covering to look overall gray-green and splotched with maroon-brown blotches.
The terminal inflorescence begins to rise in the fall to grow up to 3-foot tall stalk that branches near the top with several clusters of pale peach-colored buds that darken and become the calyces holding the darker reddish-salmon petals with flared tips and yellow interior.
In determinate inflorescences the terminal flower is usually the first to mature (precursive development), while the others tend to mature starting from the bottom of the stem. This pattern is called acropetal maturation.
When flowers start to mature from the top of the stem, maturation is basipetal, while when the central mature first, divergent.
They generally flower in fall and early winter, and their red and yellow flowers entice hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other insects into the garden.
Donkey Ear Kalanchoe make excellent hanging plants. They prefer bright, sunny locations, especially in the summer growing season.
These donkey ear-shaped leaves often have small plantlets developing along the leaf margin. The plant will
produce epicuticular wax, a powdery white film you see on the surface of the leaf. This waxy film
Donkey Ears grow indoors or outdoors very well. Light, warmth, moisture are the three keys. These plants are from a warm
Drainage is critical so containers with drainage holes are paramount. Many prefer to clay terracotta pot in unless the plant is to be used in a hanging basket.
Water moderately throughout the summer and reduce watering in the winter. Let the soil surface dry out between waterings, and in the winter, the plant can almost dry out.
You can feed the plant bi-weekly in the summer with a liquid fertilizer, or use slow-release pellets.