Common Names: Kalanchoe, Life Plant, Flaming Katy.

Botanical names: Kalanchoe

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Kalanchoe flowers are small and bell-shaped, with four or five petals arranged in a circular pattern. They bloom in dense clusters atop sturdy stems. Each flower cluster may contain multiple buds and blooms. The Kalanchoe is a succulent plant with attractive thick, fleshy leaves of various shapes, sizes, and colors.

Color: Red, orange, pink, yellow, and white.

Botanical facts: Kalanchoe are succulents. They have thick, fleshy leaves that store water, allowing them to withstand drought conditions.

Design notes: The vibrant colors of the Kalanchoe can add a unique and dramatic touch to floral arrangements.

Purchasing hints: Select turgid unblemished stems with a few open blooms and numerous closed buds. Many designers choose to buy potted Kalanchoe plants, then cut blooming stems as needed.

Conditioning: Cut 1/4 of an inch off of the stems with a sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: The small Kalanchoe blossoms are an excellent addition to boutonnieres and corsages.