Houseplant of the Month
The Flower Council of Holland’s Houseplant of the Month for April is a wonderful example of altruism. You see, the Kalanchoe is extremely generous, yet asks for almost nothing in return. In fact, scientific research has proven that this small, tough fat plant with its characteristic vibrant flowers is in fact an expert at making you feel better.
It’s really quite simple; as long as a Kalanchoe is part of your view, you will feel a lot better about life. Swedish research demonstrated that intensive care patients who had a poster with nature scenes in their room felt much better than patients who had abstract art to look at. Other research showed that patients who had been operated recuperated considerably faster and suffered fewer complications when they had a view of green vegetation and trees than when their view was a grey wall.
The most special thing about the Kalanchoe is its inflorescence. It is a so-called short-day plant and flowers only when the day is shorter than the night. However, when the Kalanchoe does flower, it does it intensely. For eight weeks the small flowers, varying in colour from white, pink, red, yellow and orange to purple, contrast spectacularly with the shiny green leaves.