The Flapjack Paddle Plant ‘Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora’

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Do you want to add some pomp and color to your plant collection? If yes, then the Flapjack Paddle Plant is your best bet. And it’s not only about aesthetics.

The paddle plant gives you good looks for just a fraction of your time and attention. As long as you’re providing it with the bare minimum, you’ll be assured of all the beauty this plant has to offer.

So today is all about this awesome succulent here. Read on to learn more!

Flapjack Paddle Plant – Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Flapjack paddle plant growing in a planter @flowers.cactus

Origin and Description of the Flapjack Paddle Plant

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora plant is a member of Crassulaceae, a huge family native to South Africa. The natural habitats have a water shortage, so the members here are well-adapted to survive this.

The Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora Plant is part of the Kalanchoe genus of the more than 30 available genera in the family. The plant’s species name Thyrsiflora is a reference to its flowering tendency to produce a cluster of flowers.

Besides the Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora plant, other common names of this beauty include flapjack, dog tongue, paddle plant, and desert cabbage.

The Kalanchoe Flapjack can grow up to about 30 inches when fully mature (this takes about 3-4 years) – that’s on the higher end. The height can be shorter; up to 12 inches with a spread of 18 inches.

The leaves are fleshy (a characteristic of the larger Crassulaceae family), gray-green, and have a round shape. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora also have a tinge of red around their tips and form a rosette.

Yellow flowers come out around spring in April and May when the plant is mature. They are a bit small, but the small size is compensated by the strong scent they emit. Unfortunately, the flowers signal the end of the spring for the plant.

The paddle plant dies as soon as those sweet-smelling blooms are gone. But this shouldn’t be a problem. Cutting away the dead part will allow the remaining stalk to throw up new offsets that you can use to grow your collection.


Flapjack Paddle Plant – Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
pretty paddle plant @weekend_plants

Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora Care

As with all succulents, the paddle plant doesn’t need a lot of attention to thrive. It’s hardy, remember. This makes it an easy jewel to care for.

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll need to have the best of the flapjack paddle plant.

1. Light

This succulent light requirement will depend on whether you’re to grow it as a houseplant (indoors) or outside.

As an indoor gem, be sure to reserve the best bright spot for it. And while at it, make sure the light from the sun is not coming through directly through a glass window, as this will scorch the plant.

Outdoors, full sun or partial shade are both ideal for your plant. But make a point of shielding the plant from the intense summer rays.

3. Watering

Generally, you don’t need to be heavy-handed with the watering. A few sessions far in between will do just fine. As a general rule, only water your succulent paddle plant when the soil has completely dried out.

That’s for the seasons when the Kalanchoe flapjack plant grows actively.

In winter, when the succulent plant is dormant for a larger part, you’ll have to cut back significantly on watering. Of course, one reason is that the potting mix is drying out at a much slower rate. But most importantly, is that the water intake isn’t as upbeat as in the other seasons.

4. Temperature

When it comes to dry conditions, the Kalanchoe thyrsiflora Plant is well-adapted to handling them. But braving the cold? Not so much.

If your USDA hardiness zone isn’t ten and above, you’re better off growing this succulent as a houseplant. Or you can still have it outside, but then it must be potted. That way, you can whisk it inside as soon as temperatures start getting uncomfortably low.

5. Ideal Soil

Your paddle plant will need to stay in dry soil most of the time. That means you need to get a mix that doesn’t retain water for prolonged periods. Soggy soils will have the same effect as overwatering… rot.

You have two options here for well-draining mediums:

  • A commercial cactus/succulent mix
  • A DIY mix.

To create your ideal planting medium, you’ll need the regular potting mix, coarse sand, and pumice – and a little of your time. If pumice is not readily available, perlite will fit in perfectly.

Propagation of Flapjack Paddle Plant

Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora propagation is achievable via stem cuttings, leaves cutting, and offsets. As much as different parts are used, each procedure isn’t so varied, except the stem cuttings. These will have to be inserted into the soil instead of cutting leaves and offsets that need to be placed on top of the mix.

Follow the steps below in propagating your plant:

  • Use a sharp, sterilized knife (or a pair of scissors) to get your preferred parts – stem, leaves, or offset.
  • Allow the cut part to callous. This can take anywhere between 2-4 weeks and serves to prevent rotting and infections.
  • For a stem cutting, insert it into a well-draining mix. For the other two, simply placing them on the mix will work just fine.
  • Keep your succulent in a bright spot away from direct light. Also, be sure to keep the mix moist – a spray bottle will be helpful for this.
  • For stem cuttings, you can leave them in the mix when they’ve rooted and introduce the regular care routine once leaves have formed.
  • Once the roots have formed, the next step will be to plant leaves and offsets. You may have to wait before going full throttle with the caring guidelines above.

Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora Toxicity

Bad news – this exceptional beauty is poisonous.

So you need to be careful when dealing with it. As a precaution, be sure to have gloves on when you have to touch the plant for whatever reason – and wash up thoroughly as soon as you finish your engagements.

If you have kids or pets, ensure the two don’t come into contact with your plant. You don’t want this adorable baby to cause a nightmare in your house. The most probable effects include drooling, oral irritation, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Flapjack Paddle Plant – Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
A potted Kalanchoe thyrsiflora @casafloraljulieta

We still can’t get over how cute this succulent is, and a cuter name to go with it! If you already own a Flapjack Paddle Plant, how long have you owned it? Any additional tips you want to share? Comment down below!

Want to enhance your succulent knowledge even more?! (Of course, you do). Check out these articles on The Ultimate Guide to Beheading Succulents, Super Cute Bunny Succulents For Your Garden, and The Stunning Crassula Capitella Succulent today!

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