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How To Take Care Of Kalanchoe luciae "Flapjack" (Paddle Plant)

Kalanchoe Luciae, also known as the Paddle Plant or Flapjack Plant, is a succulent plant that belongs to the Crassulaceae family. It is a popular plant among gardeners and indoor plant enthusiasts due to its unique appearance and ease of care. The plant has thick, paddle-shaped leaves that are often tinged with a reddish-bronze color. In this article, we will discuss how to take care of Kalanchoe Luciae to ensure its health and longevity.

Light Requirements:

Kalanchoe Luciae thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate direct sunlight but too much direct sunlight can cause its leaves to burn. If your plant is not getting enough light, it may become leggy and its leaves may lose their color. Ideally, it should be placed near a south or west-facing window where it can receive 4-6 hours of bright, indirect light per day.

Soil Requirements:

The Paddle Plant prefers a well-draining soil mix. A mixture of potting soil, perlite, and sand is ideal for this plant. The soil should be kept slightly moist but not waterlogged. Overwatering can cause the plant's roots to rot, leading to the death of the plant.


Watering Kalanchoe Luciae can be a bit tricky. It is important not to overwater the plant as it can cause root rot. It is best to water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch. To check if the plant needs water, insert your finger into the soil up to the first knuckle. If the soil feels dry, it is time to water the plant. Water the plant thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot, and then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering it again.


Kalanchoe Luciae is a heat-loving plant that thrives in warm temperatures. It can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but it prefers temperatures between 60-85°F (15-30°C). Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 50°F (10°C) as it can cause the plant to become dormant or even die.


The Paddle Plant does not require high humidity levels. It can tolerate low humidity levels, but it is important to keep the plant away from dry, hot air sources such as radiators or heaters. If the air in your home is too dry, you can increase the humidity level around the plant by placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier.


Kalanchoe Luciae does not require a lot of fertilization. You can fertilize the plant once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertilizer. It is best to dilute the fertilizer to half-strength to avoid burning the plant's roots. Do not fertilize the plant during the dormant season (fall and winter).


Propagation of Kalanchoe Luciae is easy and can be done through stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. To propagate the plant through stem cuttings, simply cut a stem from the parent plant and allow the cut to dry out for a day or two. Plant the stem cutting in a well-draining soil mix and water it lightly. It should root within a few weeks. To propagate the plant through leaf cuttings, remove a healthy leaf from the parent plant and allow the cut to dry out for a day or two. Place the leaf cutting on top of a well-draining soil mix and water it lightly. It should develop roots and produce new growth within a few weeks.


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