Reasons a Donkey Ear Plant Should Be Part of Your Home or Office Décor 

The donkey ear plant, native to Madagascar, is a gorgeous succulent plant with large, loping leaves similar to a donkey’s ears, hence the name.

With proper care and attention, this plant will not only be wonderful in any room in your home or office, but it will also potentially give you many more baby donkey ears to grow and maintain.

Yes. It’s that easy to love!

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A Donkey Ear Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

A Donkey Ear Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

The donkey ear plant, whose scientific name is Kalanchoe Gastonis-Bonnieri, is frequently thought of as it’s Chinese word, Kalan Chauhuy, which translates to “what falls and grows.”

This gorgeous plant grows fast and produces its own roots. The succulent leaves will grow up and out then start to arc toward the ground. Once they touch the soil, the leaves will grow new plants from the tips that grow roots into the ground. It’s quite amazing to behold.

For these spectacular reasons, the donkey ear plant has come to take on many names, including tree of life, miracle leaf, leaf of life, and life plant, among many others. As a succulent, it is easy to care for because it asks for very little water and will hold onto what you do give it for weeks.

It’s also a great plant to sit near a bright window and take up space while releasing oxygen into its environment throughout the night. See? You have to love this plant!

Are Donkey Ear Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?

Of course, the donkey ear plant is wonderful for feng shui. It’s a succulent, which means it is a symbol for longevity, strength, abundance, and wisdom.

It can withstand weeks of drought, and you could even miss a few waterings and have a perfectly abundant, flowering plant. Because the donkey ear thrives and flourishes with the slightest bit of attention, it is also a great symbol of fertility and reproduction.

So, if you’re looking for a big, bold succulent to take up space and bring a wealth of positivity to your home or office, look no further than the donkey ear plant.

For those interested in learning more about feng shui practices, check out this master class article on how to use feng shui.

Are Donkey Ear Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?

Yes! The donkey ear is easy to both grow and maintain. It’s a succulent, after all. It just needs a bit of water and bright, indirect light and it should thrive.

How Do Donkey Ear Plants Grow?

The donkey ear plant is native to Madagascar, which is a semi-tropical environment, so it will do especially well in a bright, warm, dry environment with a well-draining soil and plenty of protection from direct sunlight.

What Kind of Soil Does a Donkey Ear Plant Need?

Plant your donkey ear plant in a pot with well-draining soil so it does not hold onto water and drown your succulent.

How Much Light Does a Donkey Ear Plant Need?

This lovely succulent needs plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. Too much sun and the leaves could burn. Too little light and the plant may lose its vibrancy.

How Much Water Does a Donkey Ear Plant Need?

Like most succulents, the donkey ear plant calls for very little water. You can wait a few weeks in between waterings before watering it fully through so the water runs through the bottom of the pot.

Then allow it to dry out again before repeating the same cycle. In general, you can check the soil to see if it needs to be watered.

You want to be sure when you touch the soil, it is completely dry. Another trick is to lift the plant and feel its weight. When it is ready to be watered, the pot will feel much lighter when you lift it.

For more information on watering plants, check out my other article for signs, tips, and tricks to avoid watering mistakes.

Other Conditions that Are Important to a Donkey Ear Plant

Because this is a naturally thriving succulent, you don’t typically have to worry about fertilizing it. It also is not usually prone to disease or pests, so just watch for fungus in cases of excess moisture. Be sure to keep the air dry in the environment of your donkey ear.

Donkey Ear Plant Decorating Ideas

This plant would look amazing on a small table near a filtered window where it can get plenty of indirect or filtered sunlight. Plant the succulent in a wide pot with plenty of space for the soil to flourish and the roots to spread.

This way, the leaves will feel free to bend down and touch the soil and grow more little plants on the leaves. The unique situation of this plant also means you should place the pot on a large table so the plant can spread out.

Do Fake Donkey Ear Plants Look Real?

Do Fake Donkey Ear Plants Look Real

And in the end, if you feel the upkeep of a donkey ear plant is too laborious and you just don’t have the time or the energy, you can always opt for a high-quality artificial version.

A fake donkey ear plant can look just as real as the live version. And you can still reap many of the same benefits, allowing it to bring you joy in your space.

And if you’re wondering if artificial plants are even in style, check out my piece on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whichever way you go, real or fake, you will love having a donkey ear plant in your home or office. You can’t go wrong with this lovely succulent.

What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks for caring for a donkey ear plant? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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