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How to Propagate Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Will Need

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

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.