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When students move away from home to college for the first time, it can be a time of increased tension and worry. Homesickness, academic anxiety and an increase in responsibilities can all lead to college students feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. If you’re a college student that faces these challenges, one way to combat some of that tension and stress is to keep plants in your dorm room.
Having plants in your living space can help increase productivity, lift your mood and even help you get a better night’s sleep. That’s because house plants take in excess carbon dioxide in the air and produce life-giving oxygen. Keeping potted house plants in your dorm will freshen your air while adding a splash of natural color to your living space.
With that in mind, here is a list of five of the most dorm-friendly, low-maintenance decorative plants that you can buy.
- 1. Aloe Vera
- 2. Succulents
- 3. Bamboo Palm
- 4. Spider Plant
- 5. Orchids
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1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is on top of this list because it is one of the most useful, low-maintenance and multipurpose house plant you can buy. In fact, aloe vera has been shown to help heal or diminish the symptoms of a variety of skin-related ailments, from sunburns and scratches to mosquito bites and dry skin.
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If you break off a tendril from your aloe vera plant and squeeze it, a thick, viscous and clear gel will come out of the severed end of the tendril. If you rub this natural gel onto any small, shallow scrapes and cuts, burns (sunburns or surface-level heat burns) and/or insect bites, the plant’s natural healing potential will help burns fade, scratches heal and insect bites stop itching.
Aloe vera plant (Image via Old Farmer’s Almanac)
Apart from being useful for treating minor skin problems and burns, aloe vera is the perfect plant for college students living in a dorm because it is very easy to take care of. It works as a potted indoor plant, and, because it lives primarily in tropical and dry desert conditions in nature, it doesn’t need a whole lot of maintenance. You should deeply water your aloe plant and then wait until the top inch or more of soil in the pot is dry again before giving it any more water. Also, it’s recommended that you water it less in the winter. Other than watering, there’s nothing you need to do to keep your aloe vera plant happy and healthy. Just keep it away from any of feline friends — they are one of the plants poisonous for cats.
Aloe vera is a succulent, but because of its special properties and uses, it gets its own spot on the list. Other succulents, such as the California sunset, the ghost plant and the barrel cactus don’t have as many of the potential health benefits of aloe vera, although they still do a fantastic job of freshening the air and adding some natural beauty to your room.
Like aloe vera, most succulents are also very low-maintenance. All you have to do to keep your succulent happy and healthy is too keep it in a relativity sunny place (by a window or under a skylight are the best places) and water them once a week in the spring, summer and fall, and once or twice a month during the colder winter months. When you water your succulents, make sure to give them a lot of water at once to mimic the weather conditions of the deserts where these plants naturally grow.
California sunset succulent (Image via Etsy)
Another wonderful thing about succulents is that they come in all kinds of colors and shapes. There are spiky green ones, rose-shaped red, yellow and purple ones, as well as, rubbery, round-leafed ones that can grow in tiny containers or miniature hanging pots. Actually, succulents will grow in just about any kind of pot or cup, making them very easy to transport and keep as indoor plants.
3. Bamboo Palm
The bamboo palm is best known as one of the very best natural air purifiers around. This pretty, fronded palm plant filters out several potentially damaging chemicals in the air, including the formaldehyde fumes that often come out of new furniture. If you’ve bought a bunch of new furniture for your dorm room and want to take some of that “new couch” smell out of the air, buying a bamboo palm is a great way to do so.
Bamboo palm (Image via Emory and Henry College)
Unlike succulents, bamboo palms thrive in the shade and don’t need nearly as much sunlight to stay healthy. In fact, bamboo palms prefer to stay out of direct sunlight, meaning that you can keep your potted bamboo palm anywhere in your dorm room. This palm can grow anywhere from one-to-twenty feet in height and one-to-ten feet in width. This means that you may have to do some clipping maintenance every once in a while to keep your palm from growing too big, but apart from that, these plants are very easy to take care for. Water them often (but not too often, since constantly wet soil can lead to root rot) and clip away dead brown fronds whenever you get the chance. If you do these simple things, your air-filtering, fronded friend should do just fine.
4. Spider Plant
Just like the bamboo palm, spider plants are great for filtering out certain fumes and chemicals in the air. Apart from cleaning your air, these plants are great for many other reasons. For one, they’re very interesting to look at, with long draping white and green fronds that spread out from a common center; for two, they’re very low-maintenance and can live happily in small pots.
When taking care of your spider plant, it’s important to make sure the soil in the plant’s pot can drain. If you put your spider plant in a pot with proper drainage, you greatly decrease the chances that your plant will develop root rot. Spider plants also enjoy lower temperatures, so keep them in shady, comfortably cool (but not too cold!) spaces.
Spider plant (Image via Gardening Know How)
Another thing to consider when buying a spider plant is that most cats are strangely attracted to these common house plants. Although spider plants aren’t known to be toxic to cats, you should still watch your cat carefully around your plant, and make sure to act if your pet ingests any of the plant’s leaves. Occasionally, cats will react poorly to eating the leaves of the spider plant, so keep this in mind if you own a cat.
Orchids naturally grow in tropical regions, so they prefer a warm or temperate climate. Orchids are the only plant on this list that are known for their incredible flowers, which, when in full bloom, can be breathtaking. These flowers come in a variety of different colors, from light pink to the more classic bright white.
Like all the other plants on this list, orchids take in carbon dioxide from the air and produce oxygen, effectively freshening and improving air quality. These plants can also increase air humidity; higher humidity means a decreased chance of flu viruses spreading, as well as a healthier environment for anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies.
Orchids (Image via My First Orchid)
To care for your orchid plant, first make sure that they’re living in moist but well-drained soil always. Too much moisture is bad for orchids, but too little can lead to wilting. Some of the best soils to grow orchids in are fir bark soil, potting soil with sand or cork and a mix of charcoal and peat moss. For optimal health, keep your orchid near a window or source of filtered sunlight. Because they are tropical plants, orchids like sunlight, but not extreme, desert-like heat.
If you take proper care of your orchid, it will produce beautiful flowers and be a wonderful addition to any dorm room.
You buy a plant for your dorm room, excited to decorate with it and bring nature inside. You display your plant on your window sill and shower it with love… for about three days. Fast forward a week, and between classes, work and extracurriculars, you’ve completely forgotten about your miniature garden — until you find its shriveled remains while cleaning out your room.
Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. While some plants require a lot of care and water, others are far more low-maintenance, making them perfect for a dorm room. Here are a few of these plants, as well as some tips for caring for them.
I’ve had an ivy plant in my dorm room for the last year (her name is Rosethorn and I love her more than a lot of real people), and I’ve found that they’re remarkably easy to take care of and very difficult to kill. They need to be watered regularly (daily or every other day is best; make sure you’re keeping the soil moist, but not letting the pot sit in a puddle of water), but don’t need much additional care. Make sure to mist the leaves with water or wipe them with a damp paper towel every so often, but other than that, your ivy is all set.
These are a pretty classic choice, but they’re classics for a reason. Succulents and cacti only need to be watered when the soil they’re potted in gets completely dry (usually once a week), and other than water, they only need direct sunlight to be able to thrive.
3. Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboo grows best in low light areas, so make sure you’re putting your plants away from your windows. While the plant can be grown in water, if you buy an existing plant (rather than a seedling), it can also be grown in soil, which is much easier if you’re keeping it in a dorm. Make sure you keep it in a pot with good drainage so that the water can drain off of it. You want to water it regularly and keep the soil moist, but don’t allow it to become waterlogged.
4. African Daisies
African daisies thrive in warm, bright climates, so make sure you’re keeping yours close to a window to allow for maximum light, and in the winter, make sure your heat is turned up. These plants also do well in dry soil, so don’t overwater them: they can go a couple of days in soil that’s dry.
Depending on what they’re planted in, orchids need varying amounts of water, but no matter where they’re planted, they don’t need a lot of water. Most orchids come planted in moss, which means that they retain moisture easily, and only need to be watered every two weeks or so. If you’re tempted to water your orchid, wait a few days: you’re more likely to kill it by overwatering it then by not giving it enough water. Orchids are flowering plants that bloom and then lose their flowers, so when they fall off, make sure you snip off the top part of the plant at the spike (clearly visible on the orchid stem). This will encourage growth after the bloom is over.
6. Snake Plants
Snake plants are among the most durable plants, making them perfect for college students’ busy schedules. They can survive in low light levels and without large amounts of water, so all you need to do to care for them is stick them somewhere in your room with indirect sunlight and water them from time to time (let the soil dry out a bit between waterings). They can also keep the air in your room clean.
7. ZZ Plants
Another practically indestructible plant, ZZ plants can look like artificial plants at times — they have a waxy, shiny texture to their leaves that can make them look fake. They do well in indirect, low lighting, so be sure to keep them in a part of your room that doesn’t get a ton of sunlight. They need very little water (this is another plant that you should only water when the soil gets dry), and if you see the leaves starting to turn yellow, it’s a sign that you’re watering them too much.
8. Ponytail Palm
Ponytail palms have a fun, unique appearance that you don’t get with most houseplants, making them a great choice for dorm rooms. They also require very little water — you only need to water them every 7-10 days — but they do require lots of sunlight, so placing them on your window sill is a good way to go.
Having plants in your dorm room is guaranteed to spruce up its appearance and make your space look (and feel) more homey, and caring for those plants doesn’t need to take a ton of time or money. Invest in some of these low-maintenance plants, and you’re guaranteed to impress your guests with your miniature garden.
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Five Low-Maintenance Plants For Your Child’s College Dorm
Your child is leaving the nest, and it’s bittersweet to say the least.
On one hand, you couldn’t be more proud, and you’re excited about the future. On the other hand, you’re going to miss all those baseball games, school plays and family dinners (even the ones that took place in the car on your way to the next activity.)
You know they’re going to have plenty to keep them busy. But why not send them off with something that will brighten their drab dorm room while giving them the tiniest introduction to adult responsibilities? Here are five unbelievably low-maintenance plants they won’t mind keeping in their new living quarters.
5 Low-Maintenance Plants For College Dorm Rooms
Low-Maintenance Plant #1: Orchids
Orchid care has never been easier: Just instruct your college-bound student to place their orchid near a windowsill and water it once a week. Don’t worry if their dorm lacks natural light — orchids also thrive in environments with artificial light.
Besides placing a few ice cubes per week in the pot, there isn’t a lot your son or daughter will need to do to keep their orchid healthy and blooming. You could add fertilizer to your orchid care routine, but it’s not required.
Just let them know to pay attention to the color of their orchid’s roots. Healthy roots are a vibrant green. Also, remind them if all of its blooms have fallen off and the stalk has turned brown—it’s not dead. Even low-maintenance plants need some time to rest. It’s during this resting period orchids stockpile nutrients and energy so they can bloom again.
Low-Maintenance Plant #2: Anthuriums
Anthuriums make our list of low-maintenance plants (even busy students can take care of) because caring for them really comes down to two things: light and water.
Let’s start with light. it’s best to keep your plant in a bright room, but avoid placing it in direct sunlight. That’s because anthurium leaves can get sunburn. In the rainforest, anthuriums either live on the forest floor or grow on trees, so they are shaded from direct sunlight.
One of the biggest anthurium care mistakes people make is either overwatering or underwatering their plant. Too much water can lead to root rot. Your anthurium will do best when the soil has a chance to dry out in between waterings, but it’s also important to make sure your anthurium is getting enough water.
For best results, place 6 ice cubes on top of your plant’s media once a week. If ice cubes aren’t available, use about ¾ cup of water.
Low-Maintenance Plant #3: Money Tree Plant
Money tree plants prefer bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can lead to leaf burn, so tell your son or daughter to find a spot away from the window. Maybe on their desk where they will be doing all of their studying (wink).
Money tree plants also thrive in humidity, so if it gets a little muggy in the dorm room, that’s not a bad thing. But hot, dry air and drafts may cause leaf loss. Root rot is another common problem, which is caused by overwatering. For a 5-inch money tree, water with 2 ice cubes or 3 tablespoons of water once a week.
Low-Maintenance Plant #4: Bromeliad
Bromeliads are a great low-maintenance plant you can send along to college with your children. They require little care, are easy to grow, and produce long-lasting colorful leaf crowns.
Adding water to the leaf cup once a week will keep your bromeliad thriving. They love warm, indoor temperatures, too.
You’ll also take comfort in knowing your child’s bromeliad will not only add beauty to their dorm room, it will also help purify the air.
Low-Maintenance Plant #5: Succulent
Another type of low-maintenance plant that produces oxygen is succulents.They actually go through a similar respiration process that we do, only in reverse. They absorb the carbon dioxide we breathe out during the day, then produce oxygen all night long. It may help your son or daughter get a better night’s sleep in the dorm.
Succulents are easy to care for (think cactus). If they can survive the desert, they can survive a winter in your child’s dorm. An aloe plant may be a good one to send along with them.
Succulent roots like to be soaked and then left alone for a while to dry out. Don’t water daily, but do tell your son or daughter to keep their succulent close to the window. They like sunlight.
Now that you know how to care for low-maintenance plants, how about getting some decorating ideas your kids can take with them to college? Check out our “Fall Home Decor Lookbook.” In it you’ll find home trends and decor essentials you can use at home, or in your child’s dorm.
What are your favorite ways to dress up a college dorm room? Let us know in the comments below!
The Best Plants For Your Dorm Room
If you’re a first-year student, moving away can be terrifying. It’s up to you to boost the vibe of your new living space to make it as pleasant and close to that feeling of home as possible. College dorm rooms have little color and texture, so indoor plants can drastically alter the design of a room. They are an excellent way to make a room feel cozy and inviting.
The best plants for your dorm room are low-maintenance plants that add flair and style to your space. Here are five of our favorites!
5 Plants for Dorm Rooms
Jade plants are one of the most popular indoor plants because they are easy to nurture and great for small living spaces. These beauties transform a room by giving it personality with its unique shape and texture. Jade plants have deep green glossy leaves that require direct sunlight, perfect for the windowsill of your dorm room.
Jade plants don’t require a lot of water to survive, so make sure you don’t overwater them. Wait for the topsoil to dry out before watering them again.
Jade plants can also live for a very long time if they are taken care of properly.
Aloe vera plants are a funky way to get the Instagram aesthetic; it screams “plant goals.” A small potted aloe vera plant adds the perfect touch to any minimalistic-style room.
Although beautiful to look at, it’s a plant with purpose and not just for show.
It’s used on the skin to numb the pain from sunburn and help cuts heal. (And in college, you never know when that might come in handy.) Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that requires indirect sunlight. It can be perfectly placed on a windowsill or desk near a dorm room window. This plant tends to turn a yellow color if it receives too much sun.
They require very little water to survive, so they are perfect for your new space!
These breathtaking flowers will brighten even the dullest dorm rooms. Flowers are known to boost your mood, help you de-stress, and accelerate learning.
Orchids are easy-to-manage flowers. They require very little natural sunlight and can thrive in an environment with primarily artificial light—making them ideal for dimly-lit dorms.
Watering orchids couldn’t be easier. Just add three ice cubes a week or 1/4 cup of water. This is great for college students who probably won’t remember to water plants everyday.
Bromeliads are tropical plants that are perfect for any indoor space. They are tough plants that don’t require much care. They’re perfect for adding pops of color in a dull room.
Although bromeliads originate from the rainforest, they require very little light to grow. In the rainforest, they grow under the shade from other plants, making them the perfect indoor houseplant. Try to keep near a window but under direct sunlight.
Watering is simple! Water the center cup of this plant once a week and in the winter months, water less.
Temperature doesn’t affect these plants, although humidity is an important factor in keeping bromeliads healthy because they are tropical plants. Misting them a few times a week should help.
The lucky bamboo plant will make a statement in any room. They have a long, slender structure that will brighten your dorm and bring life to the atmosphere. Although lucky bamboo stalks resemble those of bamboo, they aren’t bamboo at all, but rather a Dracaena plant. Lucky bamboo has been a part of Chinese culture for many years but has been popularized everywhere.
This houseplant is perfect for first time plant owners because it is extremely easy to grow. Lucky bamboo grows really well in bright light but will also survive in low-lit areas. For optimal growth, keep this plant near a window but not in direct sunlight.
Lucky bamboo grows in water, so place the bottom of the stalks in a dish or pot of choice and change the water every couple months.
If you’re looking to brighten up your dorm room next semester, any of these options will be an easy way to start your journey as a plant parent.
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From boosting focus and cleaning the air to improving wellness in general, these easy indoor plants are a great addition to dorm decor.
Dorm buildings are not always the most inspired of places. They are a wonderful rite of passage, but it’s kind of a big leap. from the comforts of home to a cramped room that often tends toward the institutional.
But adding some houseplants can make a world of difference. As my daughter moved into her dorm last week, I was delighted to see a pop-up plant shop in the quad of her school. What a great idea! Plants soften the edges, bring some life in, and offer great physical and emotional benefits. For example:
- Studies have concluded that active interaction with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress.
- Research has found that studying in the presence of plants can have a dramatic effect. Being around plants improves concentration, memory and productivity – and can increase memory retention up to 20 percent.
- NASA did a lot of research on how plants remove toxins from the air; many more studies since then have confirmed it.
- Other research has found that houseplants decrease the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.
So where to start? Obviously, the average college student is not going to want a complicated plant-care routine. These choices are all packed with benefits, but also easy to care for.
© panattar Succulents may be the most obvious choice, and for good reason. They are low-maintenance and undeniably adorable. They do need light; they love a windowsill and can stand to be rotated – but don’t need to be watered very often and are generally happy campers. Two choices that come to mind are jade plant and aloe vera, which can help remove toxins from the air.
2. ZZ plant
© JRP Studio I don’t know of a more resilient plant than Zamioculcas zamiifolia, the ZZ plant. It manages to remain stoic regardless of conditions, including lack of natural light, low humidity, and drought (as in, forgetting to water). Costa Farms notes that it can grow in bright, medium, or low light – and allow the soil to dry between waterings. “Too much water is about the only way to kill this indoor plant.”
3. Cast iron plant
© simona pavan Also known as the “ballroom plant,” Aspidistra elatior are practically indestructible. They can handle a wide range of temperatures, don’t require a humid atmosphere, they can be grown in low light, and can tolerate less than regular watering.
4. Lucky bamboo
© OKSANA FERKHOVA Lucky bamboo isn’t really bamboo, but I’d like to think that is does bring luck – and what college student doesn’t want a bit of good fortune? What I love about lucky bamboo is that it can live in either soil or water. If you choose to grow it in water, you don’t have to worry it you are watering it too much or not enough – you just have to make sure there’s water in its container. (That said, the water should be changed once a week or so, but that’s not too tough.) Wiki How has a good tutorial here.
© Sirinn3249 There are thousands of different species of bromeliads – and some will be easier to care for than others. Depending on the species, they may be slightly fussier than some of the other options here, they have a super power: They devour indoor air pollution. In a study looking at houseplants that remove indoor toxins, the researchers found that the bromeliad plant was great at removing six of the eight volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that they were measuring; taking up more than 80 percent of each over a 12-hour sampling period.
6. Spider plant
I love spider plants. They were my first houseplant when I was a young girl, and they are really just wonderful little troopers. They were one of the best performers in NASA’s air filtering research, and I find that the little “spiderettes” that they shoot out like fireworks are one of the cutest tricks in the plant kingdom. Spider plants are great for a dorm room for the air-filtering bit, but also for the easy propagation – the spiderettes plantlets can be easily planted, giving a cash-strapped student a roomful of plants for the price of one.
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Succulents boom with popularity because they don’t require too much effort. “Succulents are great because they will survive without water for a month,” said Boston College senior Colleen Brady. So basically you can forget that your plant exists for weeks and it won’t die. Plants can even hold emotional value. Proof of that is how many college students name their plant. And, no, I’m not making that up. When writing a paper, Brady named her succulent after Pride and Prejudice character Colonel Fitzwilliam, famous Mr. Darcy’s cousin. And if you want the reasoning: “Colonel Fitzwilliam is charming and handsome and I’d like my plant to have that kind of self-confidence,” said Brady. Plants are people too. “He helps me write papers.” I mean, who doesn’t want one?
“ nice to look at and it breaks up t
he mundane, in a way,” said DC senior Kyle Donohue. “As long as it keeps growing, you have something to look forward to.” It’s true that more small aspect of daily life affect our emotions than we might think. According to an article from Texas A&M University, flowers and ornamental plants lower stress, which leaves you feeling more relaxed and happy. This even goes so far as to help people feel calmer, which means better concentration. Something that can help you concentrate even on the never-ending homework is something every college student should have.
While we usually picture ivy as growing up crumbling stone walls, ivy in your apartment isn’t actually a bad choice. Note—we’re not talking about poison ivy. Poison ivy is bad. “I have ivy because it grows longer and longer and it’s easy to take care of,” said BC sophomore Christine Song. It grows very fast, so if you’re one of those people that feels successful based on the size of something, whether it be how much of the pizza you ate or the height of your plant, it’s a solid option. “It doesn’t need much sunlight,” Song pointed out. This is something that can be easy to overlook in plants but good to keep in mind. We end up in somewhat random dorms in all sorts of places and sunlight is not a guarantee, so it’s good to have an option that doesn’t might the lack of light.
To shake it up a bit (though not literally, please) you can always invest in a tillandsia. It doesn’t need any soil, which means it’s not a mess. “I have a tillandsia floating plant because it doesn’t need soil and only needs to be spritzed with water every day, so it’s really easy to take care of,” said first-year Dental student at Tufts Medical School Anne-Marie Vu. Although it can’t literally float anywhere, though that would be awesome, it can magically grow without needing to be kept in a pot of water or soil. Tillandsia absorb everything they need through their leaves. Crazy, right? Just because you haven’t heard of it (maybe that’s just me) doesn’t mean it isn’t nice to look at. “It’s really pretty,” said Vu.
5. Bird’s Nest Fern
Ok, class, humans live by breathing oxygen. Therefore, a plant that could help improve the air seems like good option. BC senior Juyoung Rim owns a plant that is specifically for purifying the air. A Bird’s Nest Farm is also unique in its appearance. “I bought it mainly because of the interesting waviness of the leaves.” It actually looks like seaweed that somehow stands up without being underwater. I think that’s awesome.
6. Scallions (edible)
Listen—some vegetables are a lot easier to have in a small pot than you might think. Scallions, for example, only require leaving the little bulbs that you cut off before dinner in a cup of water. They’ll grow back from that all by themselves. And voila! More flavorful food to make a meal tastier. Who doesn’t like cheap food?
7. Christmas Tree
Maybe we’re supposed to only buy mini Christmas Trees prior to a certain holiday, but you can always keep them year round if they’re in a pot. One plus is its ability to keep your room smelling like fresh pine, rather than, say, dirty socks or spilled you-know-what. Grab a mini-tree to stash in the corner of your dorm, wrap it in lights, and enjoy Christmastime year-round. Whenever you’re feeling down, just pull up a Charlie Brown Christmas special, make some hot cocoa and turn on your Christmas tree. Santa will be visiting in no timereport this ad
Some plants and flowers people invest in not just because they’re easy to care for or super pretty, but because of a meaning associated with a certain type. Song said she has a forget-me-not. “It was a gift to represent friendship.” Though actually handing someone a gift shows friendship, the flower itself also carries that meaning. Forget-me-nots are also what can be argued periwinkle blue and if anything can be described as periwinkle, buying one is worth it. So if you want one as a gift for a friend, one that symbolizes friendship is a nice answer.
9. ZZ Plants
Not ZZ Top, but ZZ Plants. ZZ Plants only need to be watered when they have dried out completely, similar to cacti, meaning they’re perfect for those of us (re: all college students ever) who struggle with remaining on schedule. They’re also happy in pretty much any sort of light, making caring for them that much easier. You have some flexibility on where to put them in your dorm room. Their appearance is like green tree branches growing straight out of the ground. Artsy, right?
As one of Brady’s recommended succulents, kalanchoes are both pretty and hardy. Even if you forget to water it for a few days it stays alive. Another nice thing is, unlike some flowering plants, kalanchoes keep flowering throughout the year. Forget seasons. If you’re one of those people for whom colors matter, these come in all sorts of colors ranging from yellow through orange and red. And if you get a baby kalanchoe it grows rather fast, which goes a long way in supporting your sense of achievement.