Fantastic Design Plant: Paddle Plant

Paddle plant offers impact that is high even to get a succulent. There are over 125 species at the Kalanchoe genus, but Kalanchoe luciae is distinct. Its flat, stacking leaves result in its popularity in the sphere of succulent landscape design. It had been sold for several years under the name Kalanchoe thrysiflora, and plantsmen only somewhat recently corrected this error, emphasizing Kalanchoe luciae since the clear audience favorite.

Topping the list of commonly grown succulents, it’s a towering popularity that offers more opportunities to love and enjoy its bizarreness. Whether you grow paddle plant because of its easy disposition or eccentric coloring and form, you’re sure to always be pleased and surprised by it.

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Botanical name: Kalanchoe luciae (often mislabeled Kalanchoe thrysiflora)
Common names: Paddle plant, squeeze kalanchoe, red pancakes, desert cabbage, flapjack plant
USDA zones: 9 to 11 (find your zone); hardy to 25 or 30 degrees Fahrenheit; can be grown as a houseplant
Water requirement: Moderate until established; water when tender
Light requirement: Full sun, partial shade in hottest climates; bright light if grown indoors
Mature size: 1 to 1 1/2 feet tall and wide
Advantages and tolerances: Can be grown inside; drought tolerant
Seasonal interest: Year-round; Kalanchoe are monocarpic, meaning that they flower once, set seed and then die
When to plant: Cuttings can be planted year-round; wait patiently until the end calluses over

Shown: With gloomy chalk sticks (Senecio mandraliscae)

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Distinguishing traits. Fleshy, gray-green, horizontal leaves grow off a central stalk to 1 1/2 feet tall and wide. When subjected to prolonged winter sunlight, paddle plant leaf margins turn deep pink — fantastically freakish for foliage. Miniature paddle offsets allow you to understand your Kalanchoe is thriving.

Mature paddle plants sprout a single flower stem in late winter or early spring. Much like other monocarpic succulents, this signals Kalanchoe’s impending death. Not to worry; this central flower stalk also produces offsets of prospective plant generations. Simply snip the offsets off the stem, permit the ends to callus over and replant them.

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The best way to utilize it. For a varied desertscape, intermingle Kalanchoe among other succulent silhouettes. Paddle plant has also been compared to underwater coral, and I have seen it playfully utilised to mimic sunken landscapes.

Succulents thrive year-round in a mild climate like California’s, but throw plant will just as readily survive inside.

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Planting notes. Give Kalanchoe luciae at least five hours of daily sun, preferably in the afternoon. In hottest climates, plant it in partial shade. Like many succulents, it is sensitive to soil moisture, so avoid overwatering by simply assessing the soil for moisture. Superior drainage and air circulation will help prevent mould and mildew. Keep a look out for slugs and snails.

When in doubt do less to it, rather than more. Succulents in the ideal location tend to do just fine when left unsupervised.

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