My first succulent love was a Kalanchoe Calandivia, a lovely double-flowered specimen. It bloomed from October to May, and didn’t skip a beat when I forgot to water it. It just happily existed on my windowsill, and I happily admired it anytime I walked by, marveling at the fact I was looking at flowers while it was still snowing. I would later discover that this very same species is available basically everywhere. You can get the double-flower version at nurseries, and the single flower Kalanchoe at just about every grocery floral department. They look great, they’re cheap and they’re incredibly easy to take care of.
The most wonderful thing about this variety of Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe Blossfelldiana, if you want to get technical), is that is gets the cue to bloom when light levels drop, right as temperatures begin to cool and days get shorter. It’s amazing that even happens in the plant world at all, but that we can enjoy such a thing in our house for the winter is a miracle, in my opinion. A lot of growers force Kalanchoes to bloom, so you can get them year round, but I find they really do best in the late fall and winter. I’ve purchased them in summer, but the blooms only lasted a few weeks. The one down-side to this plant is that the foliage isn’t anything special, so once the flowers go away, it’s not as exciting. However, because of the low-cost and availability, you should feel zero guilt about tossing it when it’s done blooming.
If you are a guilt-ridden plant owner and can’t let it go, it should bloom again the following fall. Or you can force the blooms by shortening its access to daylight, but that’s a lot of work that I don’t have time for. And anyway, once the plant figures out it’s not the dead of winter, the forced blooms will be short lived.
This Kalanchoe comes in a variety of colors, so you can get one to match every room in the house! As a general rule of thumb, you can never have too many flowering indoor plants in the dead of winter.