Hands up – who is a dismal failure when it comes to nurturing green pockets around the home? Me, me! I wish I could say our home is a tranquil oasis of emerald leaves but I’d be lying. Thankfully I’ve been reintroduced to the amazing Kalanchoe plants, otherwise known as Flaming Katy. So far it seems that even my uninitiated green fingers are able to look after them and dare I say help them to thrive.
I use the word reintroduced because there was one on my bedroom windowsill when I was little and I swear it had more lives than a cat. The reason that they’re so easy to maintain is because they are actually succulents, albeit brilliantly coloured and beautiful. Quite different to the succulents that have taken the domestic plant world by storm recently.
Amazingly versatile and readily available, Flaming Katy are the second most popular houseplant behind the orchid just with a lesser well-known name. I was very kindly sent three different colours by the tropical native’s champions ‘Always Kalanchoe’, a website dedicated to the plants and tips for keeping them in beautiful condition.
With so much of the house still to be renovated, the main colours that feature are blush pinks and coppers so I chose my Flaming Katy in cream, pale pink and bright orange. And they literally work everywhere. The cream one has found a home in our spare room after a little stint on the landing windowsill which is soon to be replaced. The pink is living on a chest of drawers in our bedroom. And the orange? Well, it’s been on our bathroom windowsill (excuse the leading!), on my desk in our office and on my dressing table in the bedroom.
As you can see, no dead buds or leaves in sight so I’m quite sure that Flaming Katy can make houseplant experts of us all. What about you, do you have any of these gorgeous plants at home and if so I’d love to see your #flamingkatystyle
Thank you so much to Always Kalanchoe for kindly gifting the Flaming Katy in return for a feature on the blog and the wonderful local florist Buds of Bickley for providing the plants locally.