Plant Care Donkey Ears

Donkey Ears

3.7 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Donkey Ears has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Donkey Ears has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Donkey Ears

Plants in the Kalanchoe genus are native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. They range from rubbery green leaves, to leopard print, and some are even fuzzy! The word Kalanchoe comes from the Cantonese name for these plants, pronounced Ka-lun-koh-ee in English. Their succulent leaves help store water during droughts, so they'll be just fine if you skip a watering or two (it happens!).


Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri

Also known as

Palm Beachbells

How to care for Donkey Ears


How often to water your Donkey Ears

Water needs for Donkey Ears
0.5 cups
every 12

Donkey Ears needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Donkey Ears

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Donkey Ears in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Donkey Ears: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Donkey Ears love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Donkey Ears does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Donkey Ears in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Donkey Ears

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Donkey Ears: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Donkey Ears after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Donkey Ears

Donkey Ears

Donkey Ears

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Donkey Ears has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Donkey Ears has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Donkey Ears has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Donkey Ears has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Donkey Ears has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Poohbie212 avatar
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 1,159 XP
globe Orlando, FL

Self propagates!!! 🙌🏽🤩

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Mccall avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,981 XP
globe Salt Lake City, UT

I e only had her for a few days but she was sad when I got her. But direct sunlight and water perked her right up and she’s much happier. Such a cool plant. I love the huge leaves. And it appears she starting to grow new ones already.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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