How to grow and care for Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) Indoors

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Paddle Plant, Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

Botanical name: Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Family: Crassulaceae
Common nmaes: Paddle Plant, Desert Cabbage, FlapJack, White Lady

Paddle Plant Description

Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) also called Desert Cabbage, FlapJack or White Lady is a popular Kalanchoe foliage plant on account ot its beautiful foliage.

FlapJack Kalanchoe forms a basal rosette of large, rounded, succulent, stalkless leaves which are grayish-green with red margins, covered with a white powdery bloom. It can grow to a height of 1-2 ft.

Paddle Plant Flower

The inflorescence in Paddle Plant is terminal and erect, borne on a 3 ft tall stalk which dies back after flowering.

Flapjack Kalanchoe is densley clustered with greenish waxy flowers with yellow recurved lobes, narrowly urn-shaped.

Paddle Plant Origin

Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) is native to Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.

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Paddle Plant, Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

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Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) Care Indoors

Paddle Plant Light Requirements

Paddle Plant grows best in bright light to full sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light where the natural light is not sufficient.

Should you choose to take your Flapjack Succulent outdoors, gradually acclimatize the plant and place it in a shaded place to avoid scorching the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Paddle Plant

Water Paddle Plant thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings. Water the plant very infrequently in the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease.

Avoid wetting the leaves as it can lead to rotting. Water from the bottom instead.

Use water that is at room temperature water your Flapjack Plant to avoid shocking this tropical plant. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Paddle Plant

Average warmth temperatures between 16-260C are ideal for Paddle Plant.

The sudden change in temperature between day and night is excellent for this succulent plant. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Paddle Plant

Paddle Plant has no need for high humidity. Average room humidity is adequate for Paddle Plant.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Paddle Plant

Feed Paddle Plant monthly during the growing period with a water-soluble fertilizer.

Do not feed the Flapjack Kalanchoe during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Paddle Plant

Repot Paddle Plant only when the plant becomes pot-bound. Use a shallow rather than a deep pot as Paddle Plant has shallow roots.

The pot should be only 1 size larger than the current one. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease.

A clay pot for Flapjack Plant is preferable because it is porous and therefore allows the soil to dry out faster.

Soil for Paddle Plant

The best soil for Paddle Plant should be rich in organic matter, loose and free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil. The soil should be loose enough to allow water to drain out fast enough.

Cactus and Succulents soil is ideal for Flapjack Kalanchoe. Buy quality Cactus and Succulents Soil for your Paddle Plant from Etsy.

How to Prune Paddle Plant

Pruning Paddle Plant is easy as it requires the removal of dead and diseased leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) Propagation

Paddle Plant can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from leaf cuttings as they root easily.

How to propagate Paddle Plant from Leaf Cuttings

Take leaf cuttings together with about an inch of the leaf petiole from a healthy Paddle Plant.

Allow the leaf cuttings to dry (callus) for 1-3 days before planting to prevent rotting.

Insert the leaf petiole into moist, free-draining soil while ensuring that the midrib of the leaf also comes into contact with the soil.

Cover the set up with transparent polythene to raise humidity inorder to hasten rooting and establishment.

Place the set up in a warm, brightly-lit place. Water sparingly, only when the soil is dry.

Ensure the rooting container has adequate drainage to avoid getting the soil soggy as it can lead to rotting of the leaf cuttings.

Once the Flapjack plantlets have grown at least one set of leaves, carefully seperate them and pot in individual pots.

Place the new Paddle Plants in a warm, well-lit spot and begin routine care.

Paddle Plant, Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

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Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) Problems Indoors

Paddle Plant drooping leaves

Paddle Plant drooping leaves is due to underwatering. Immediately water the Paddle Plant thoroughly and it should perk up.

Thereafter, water the Flapjack Kalanchoe thoroughly during the growing season while allowing the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

During the cold season, water the plant very infrequently but never allow the soil to dry our completely.

Paddle Plant dropping leaves

Paddle Plant dropping leaves is due to overwatering or underwatering.

Water your Paddle Plant thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Avoid overwatering your Flapjack Plant by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

Significantly reduce watering during the cold season but never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

Paddle Plant leggy growth

Paddle Plant leggy growth is due to too little light. This is an attempt by the plant to reach for the light.

Move the Flapjack to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light with some direct sunlight or instal a grow light where the natural lighting is not adequate.

Paddle Plant rotting base, yellowing and shriveled leaves

Rotting plant base followed by yellowing and shrivelled leaves in Paddle Plant is an indication of basal stem-rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.

Avoid getting the soil soggy by ensuring that the pot for your Flapjack Plant has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

Paddle Plant pests

Paddle Plant pests; Mealy Bugs and Scale Insects. Isolate the affected plant to reduce spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) toxic?

Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) like other Kalanchoe Plants contains Calcium glycosides which are toxic to animals.

Keep Paddle Plant away from the reach of pets to avoid any mishaps.

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