How to Propagate Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora

Overview

Kalanchoe thyrisflora is the scientific name for a type of kalanchoe that is often called 'flapjack' because of its large, flat leaves. Kalanchoe thyrisflora, a type of succulent, makes a great low-maintenance houseplant. It will grow in partial shade, but bright light will bring out the deep red edges of the plant's shiny, plump leaves. Kalanchoe thyrisflora is easy to start from stem cuttings in early spring, when the plant has just come out of its winter dormant period.

Step 1

Cut a 4- to 6-inch stem from a healthy kalanchoe thyrsiflora with a clean, sharp knife. Pinch off the lower set of leaves, leaving a 2 to 3-inch length of stem.

Step 2

Set the cutting aside for a day or two, which should be enough time for the cutting to develop a callus on the cut end. This is necessary to prevent the kalanchoe thyrsiflora from rotting once its planted. Rot is the primary cause of death of all succulents.

Step 3

Fill a 3-inch pot with potting mixture formulated specifically for cactus and succulents. Be sure the pot has a hole in the bottom so the potting mix can drain. Moisten the potting mix with a spray bottle so that it's damp, but not soaking wet.

Step 4

Dip the cut end of the kalanchoe thyrsiflora cutting in rooting hormone, and plant the cutting with the leaves just above the soil. Put the cutting in a warm room,, and be sure the cutting is in bright light, but avoid putting it directly in a window, or in hot afternoon sun. The kalanchoe thyrsiflora should root within three weeks, depending on the warmth of the room.

Step 5

Water the kalanchoe thyrsiflora lightly when the top two inches of the potting mixture are dry to the touch. Don't be tempted to water sooner, because too much water will cause the kalanchoe thyrsiflora to rot.

Step 6

Feed the kalanchoe thyrisflora with a general purpose, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Mix the fertilizer according to the package directions. Don't fertilize the kalanchoe thyrisflora during fall and winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean, sharp knife
  • 3-inch pot with drainage hole
  • Cactus and succulent potting mixture
  • Rooting hormone
  • General purpose, water-soluble fertilizer

References

  • Ohio State University Extension: Plant Propagation
  • Kalanchoe thyrisflora 'Flapjack'
  • Gardeners Supply Plant Care & Gardening: Propagating Kalanchoe
Keywords: kalanchoe thyrisflora, flapjack, succulent

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.