Flapjack Paddle Plant – Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora

Flapjack Paddle Plant – Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

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 minimums, 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 Kalanchoe thyrsiflora Plant, other common names of this beauty include flapjack, dog tongue, paddle plant, and desert cabbage.

The Kalanchoe thyrsiflora plant 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

Flapjack Paddle Plant 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(indoor) 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 ideals 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 in. 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 thyrsiflora plants grow 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 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 to grow 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, all you’ll need is 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.

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Flapjack Paddle Plant – Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Flapjack paddle plant @succucactusss

Propagation of Flapjack Paddle Plant

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora propagation is achievable via three ways – stem cuttings, leaves cutting, and offsets. As much as different parts are used, the procedures for each aren’t so varied, except the stem cuttings. These will have to be inserted into the soil as opposed to leaves cutting 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.
  • For leaves and offsets, once the roots have formed, the next step will be to plant them. You may have to wait for some time 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’re through with your engagements.

If you have kids or pets, make a point of ensuring 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.

Check out these additional 7 Poisionsous Succulents for Dogs and Cats to ensure you understand the proper care!

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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What is Proplifting? (Newbie Friendly Guide)

What is Proplifting - Newbie Friendly Guide

This word sounds so weird at first. Proplifting. What could it be? Well, it’s a pretty common thing nowadays, but the act is simple. If you look up the definition on Urban Dictionary, then you will get “The act of taking leaves or pedals fallen from succulent plants one doesn’t own, typically without permission, for the purpose of succulent plant propagation (creating new plants.)

This seems easy and harmless, right? Well, think again.

What is Proplifting - Newbie Friendly Guide
Succulent cuttings in palm @vernonfamilyplants

How to Proplift Properly?

You might be tempted to do this, so you need to know how it’s done because there’s a right and a wrong way. But that depends on where you want to take from mainly.

From a public area

If you are walking around in a park or something that is considered public space and the ones maintaining the plants are workers that are paid to do this, then your job is simple. You can pick up fallen parts or pick them straight from the plant. It’s okay as long as you don’t completely mutilate whatever you are trying to grow at home. You shouldn’t leave any succulent behind that barely looks like itself anymore.

Grab a flower or a leaf and take that entirely. But do this mindfully because, just like you, someone might want to grow it at home too.

From a plant reservation center

There are times when you see a pretty flower or a beautiful succulent while in someplace you shouldn’t take anything from. And that can break a plant lover’s heart.

But you can do something about it, all you need to do is go out of your way a bit. Go up to a guard or someone in the center’s office and talk to them. In a lot of cases, they will be able to permit you to take some petals or leaves home with you so you can grow that plant at home. The rules are there to prevent people from harming the flora withing the reservation center.

If you are completely honest with someone who works there and show them that all you want to do is preserve that life, then they will have no problem helping you.

Be sure you also go check out “How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully” for more helpful info on propagating after proplifting.

From someone’s garden

This is the riskiest place of them all. Mainly because you need to go up to the owner and talk to them. And this will either turn out well, or you will be rejected. 50/50, there’s no way to know.

Many people spend a lot of time and energy keeping their plants alive, and thus, they don’t like people mutilating them. After all, how would you feel if someone went up to one of your plants (a stranger at that) and asked if they could tear a part of it off? It just sounds weird.

If you want to take some seeds home, then you need to ask in a particular way. “I’d love to have one of these at home, do you have any spare seeds?” Depending on the answer, you can follow up with a “Could I maybe get a leaf or a couple of petals to grow it from?” This way, you let them know your intentions, and you give them a chance to pick the specific part they take off.

But be prepared to get rejected. It shouldn’t hurt your feelings if someone doesn’t want to give you a part of their plant. It’s completely human to want to protect your seedlings.

Make sure you check out “Best Gardening Tools for Succulents” for a list of all the tools you need to gardening and propagating your succulent.

Why Should You Start Proplifting?

There are a lot of reasons why every plant lover should proplift. Although, make sure you have enough space for all these plants because even we have run into the trap of collecting too much.

The learning curve

The main reason is that this way you will start acquiring new plants that you don’t know much about. Because let’s be honest, if you knew about the succulent that you want to proplift, then you would already have it. But this way you see something you like and take it. You can learn the ropes later.

This provides a way for you to learn along the way instead of just looking everything up online. It’s way more fun to watch a plant grow, not knowing what’s going to happen next or what you need to know in the next life phase of it.

If you buy something in the store, then you already know the name of it. Then you will search for its’ needs and what pH, temperature, and shade it likes. And yes, it does make it easier. But easier most definitely doesn’t mean more fun.

Take a look at “8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower” for a list of succulents that bloom during season.

The price

This one is pretty obvious. If you go to a store or a market to get new plants, then you will spend money. There’s no going around it.

Although we know, seeds don’t cost that much, and if you want something of quality, then you shouldn’t be a cheapskate. Yeah, but have you counted how much you spend on seeds usually? That could be used for better soil or nutrients for your already grown plants. Because in reality, it’s not a huge amount, but it could still be used for other things.

Each time you proplift something, count it as a saved dollar. It will add up quickly if you pay close attention to your surroundings and try to find things you like.

Also, who doesn’t like free seeds?


Asking for seeds is a great way to start talking to other plant lovers. It opens up the conversation to not only talk about that one given succulent but to also converse about others you two have. This works exceptionally well if you are asking this favor of your neighbor.

You will quickly find a friend that is equally as invested in growing plants as you. You need to put yourself out there.

Check out “How to Grow Succulents from Seeds” to see also a guide on growing succulents right from scratch.


What is Proplifting - Newbie Friendly Guide
A potted succulent @tinyfoliage

If you want all the benefits listed above, plus the happiness that comes with acquiring a completely new plant, then you need to start proplifting. If you do it the right way, then nobody will see you as a thief or a bad person, just as someone who has a love for succulents. It’s a perfectly fine thing to do, so don’t let people deter you with their judgment.

Have you proplifted before? What kind of plant was it? Tell us down in the comments below!

Make sure to check out related articles to improve your succulent knowledge like “Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents” or even “Thanksgiving Cactus – Schlumbergera Truncata“.

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