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Flapjack Kalanchoe Propagation

By M.H. Dyer

Flapjack kalanchoe (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) is appropriately named paddle plant, due to the plant's big, flat leaves. A succulent plant native to South Africa, flapjack kalanchoe can be propagated by leaf cuttings or stem cuttings.

Leaf Cuttings

Take leaf cuttings from healthy flapjack kalanchoe plants during the spring; cut an entire leaf from the plant, using a sterile, sharp knife, and set aside the leaf for about a week so the cut end of the leaf can form a callus. Once the callus is formed, plant the leaf in a container filled with moist sand.

Stem Cuttings

Take stem cuttings between late fall and early spring. Cut a 3- to 5-inch stem from a mature plant. Remove the lower leaves from the stem, and plant the stem in a pot filled with moist sand. Place the pot in moderate sunlight and spray lightly as needed to keep the soil slightly moist until the stem takes root.

General Care

Once rooted, place the flapjack kalanchoe in bright sunlight. Water the soil deeply when the top 2 inches of potting soil are dry, and then allow to drain, as kalanchoe will rot in wet soil. Kalanchoe benefits from a dilute solution of liquid fertilizer once every four months.


About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.