My Granddad gave me a Kalanchoe last fall. He had been growing it for quite a while and it was pretty large and very healthy. My Granddad has always had a greenthumb and is one of my family members (including my mother and grandmother) who inspired my interest in plants.
I have seen some small Kalanchoes in bloom before and I am vaguely familiar with them, although I have never had one before myself. Initially, when I received the plant I mistook it as a member of the Crassula genus - some sort of Jade plant, I thought. I did some searching and couldn't find a species that looked like my plant. It was a couple of months later before it dawned on me that the plant was actually a Kalanchoe, which is, admittedly, at least in the same family as the Jade plant (Crassula genus).
At least a month ago my Kalanchoe started producing buds - a lot of them. At this time, I still didn't know the identity of my plant.
Now, the identity is certain and the buds have opened. It might be a little hard to tell by the picture, but this is a pretty large plant. The pot is 12 or 14 inches in diameter.
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My Kalanchoe has been extremely easy to care for. It is one of those plants that thrives in neglect. I haven't neglected it in a negligent manner, though. :) I have simply left it alone, knowing that it didn't need a lot of care. I look forward to seeing this plant bloom on a yearly basis now.