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How to Propagate a Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

It is not hard to see how the kalanchoe thyrsiflora plant got the nickname “flapjack” plant with its wide, flat and round leaves that resemble flapjacks or paddles. This succulent plant thrives readily in either indoor or outdoor locations as long as temperatures are above 50 degrees F. Propagate a kalanchoe thyrsiflora plant while it is actively growing by taking a simple leaf cutting. The roots will form amazingly fast, and the new flapjack plant will be ready to grow into another large plant.

Remove a leaf from a mature plant during the active growing season. Cut the leaf from the plant so that at least 1 inch of stem extends out from the leaf to enable the stem to root beneath the soil.

Fill the container to the top with coarse sand. Spray the top of the sand generously with the spray bottle to moisten the soil.

Insert the leaf stem into the coarse sand up to the point where the leaf extends out from the stem. Place the container in a location that receives partial shade and moderate breezes.

Keep the coarse sand moist by spraying it every day with the spray bottle.

Allow up to one week for the stem cutting to root. Continue to keep the soil moist with daily watering.

Move the newly rooted cutting to a 6-inch-diameter container filled with cactus potting soil approximately 1 month after the cutting roots.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Coarse sand
  • Container
  • Spray bottle (filled with water)
  • Cactus potting soil

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.