The succulent, Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack” is one of the most dramatic looking plants I have in my garden.
Jade green leaves with dark red wine margins.
Mmm, just gorgeous.
It’s expensive too!
A 5″-inch pot may set you back $8 to $10 dollars or more, depending on where you live.
A “monocarpic” plant, once the Kalanchoe flowers, it starts to die, new “baby plants” can already be seen at the base.
I know lots of people who just throw the Kalanchoe away when it finishes flowering.
Don’t do that!
Do you realize there are dozens of new plants waiting to be given a chance to live (and save you some money) through propagation?
It’s so easy to multiply this plant, it almost feels like I’m “getting away with murder!”
How I multiplied my Kalanchoe luciae, “Flapjack”
First, I cut the flower stalk from the base of the new baby plant.
I see lots of small Kalanchoe leaf clusters growing along the length of the flower stalk.
The leaf clusters are the “offsets” I will use to make more plants from!
I use a clean, sterile knife to cut the leaf clusters from the stalk.
I cut close to the base, snipping off a tiny part of the flower stalk.
Next, comes the difficult part.
I have to wait about 3 days for the ends to dry and callous before planting them!
I feel like I’m “sitting Shiva!” “Oy, Veys mir!”
Succulents like Kalanchoe should be planted in a well-draining container, at least 5″ inches deep.
A sandy rooting mix is best- you can buy it or use 3 parts sand to 1 part loam.
Moisten the soil, but don’t saturate it with water.
Keep your plants in a warm area, shaded from the sun.
Water consistently, but moderately and you should have new plants in about 8 to 10 weeks!
You can check to see if your plants are ready for transplanting by giving them a light tug.
If you feel a slight resistance, roots have formed.
Congratulations..you have a new plant!
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Now that you’ve mastered multiplying Kalanchoe plants, try your hand at propagating geraniums…it’s even easier!
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