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Flapjack Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe luciae
Flap Jack Kalanchoe earned its common name from the shape of its leaves, which become bigger and rounder as the plants mature. The red edge on the paddle-like leaves becomes stronger with more sun. Makes a wonderful container plant or component to a succulent seascape. Protect from frost in areas that experience temperatures below 25 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Quick Facts

  • Unusual foliage
  • Easy to grow
  • Drought tolerant

Details

Flap Jack Kalanchoe earned its common name from the shape of its leaves, which become bigger and rounder as the plants mature. The red edge on the paddle-like leaves becomes stronger with more sun. Makes a wonderful container plant or component to a succulent seascape. Protect from frost in areas that experience temperatures below 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

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About This Plant

Type

Succulents

Leaf Color

Blue-Green

Flowering

Insignificant flowering

Mature Height

Up to 18 inches

Mature Width

Up to 36 inches

Features

Attractive foliage, drought tolerant

Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Bloom Time

Summer

Bloom Color

White

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Amend heavy soils with gravel, coarse sand, or a cactus and succulent mix to improve drainage. Return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Water new plants lightly but frequently to avoid rotting the roots. Check for water needs every few days to once per week. Mulch with gravel to improve drainage of water from the base of the plant.
General Care Description
Needs little care, fertilize at half or quarter strength once a month in summer, none in winter.

Effort of Care

Low

Soil Type

Well-drained, sandy

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Needs

Grows best in full sun, benefits from light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Provide the brightest light possible indoors.

Water Needs

Water regularly spring through summer, allowing the top 1-3 inches of soil to dry before watering again. Water just enough in winter to keep the leaves from shrivelling.

Disease and Pests

No serious pests, mealybugs and spider mites can occasionally attack plants. Root rot from overwatering is the most common cause of death.

USDA Hardiness Zone

9

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