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!).

Taxonomy

Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri
Kalanchoe
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

Palm Beachbells

How to care for Donkey Ears

💦 Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Donkey Ears thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Donkey Ears Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Donkey Ears requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Donkey Ears Light Requirements →

Donkey Ears Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Donkey Ears prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Donkey Ears Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Donkey Ears is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Donkey Ears →

When and How to Successfully Repot Donkey Ears →


💩 Fertilizer

Donkey Ears should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Donkey Ears to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Donkey Ears is native to Madagascar and Tropical Africa.


🌸 Flowers

Donkey Ears produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Donkey Ears

Donkey Ears

Donkey Ears


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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
@@Poohbie212
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,271 XP
globe Orlando, FL
09/11/2021

Self propagates!!! 🙌🏽🤩

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@McCall avatar
@@McCall
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,981 XP
globe Salt Lake City, UT
07/04/2021

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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