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Kalanchoe luciae

Flapjack, Paddle Plant

Kalanchoe luciae has smooth flat leaves that blush a beautiful red with the right amount of sunlight. It is monocarpic, but easily propagates from offsets.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial sun

  • Not suited for indoor growing

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall and 36″ (91 cm) wide

    Leaves are up to 6″ (15 cm) long and 5″ (12.5 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by leaves, cuttings, and offsets

  • Can be toxic to animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack”

Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack” or “Paddle Plant” is evergreen, with a yellow flowers that bloom in late Winter to early Spring.

Watering

“Paddle Plant” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

Kalanchoe luciae is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Often Mistaken For

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. These two succulents are closely related, but have some differences. When stressed, Kalanchoe luciae turns more red, while Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is more of a light green.

Pairs Well With

Aloe ‘Doran Black’

How to Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack”

Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack” or “Paddle Plant” can be propagated from leaves, cuttings, or offsets.

Leaves

It is possible to propagate “Flapjack” from leaves, but it can be difficult.

When taking a leaf for propagation, gently twist the leaf from the stem. Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.

Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.

Cuttings

To grow Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack” from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a leaf from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Offsets

“Flapjack” will produce small offsets. Cut the offsets off from the main stem with a sharp, sterile knife or scissors. Allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before laying on well-draining soil.

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