Help ID my "paddle plant"?? and why is it drooping

Hi, I have this really nice succulent. It has bluish, flat paddle-like leaves that have a white powder-like substance coating them.

It's been putting out new growth (pups), which I have repotted and they are doing great.

I love this thing and I'd really like to know it's true name.

Also, the lower leaves droop. At first I thought I was overwatering, but the leaves are not mushy at all. Anyone know what may be wrong or is the droopiness normal?

Here's pix: The mother plant (I have a chopstick holding the main stem upright); the top of the mother plant and also a baby that I repotted.

Hi Leslie Ann, this is the Flapjacks Plant, which you can see more about here: Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. These are extremely drought tolerant plants, so if you're worried you are overwatering, then you probably are. Give it a good drink, then let them almost totally dry out in between. This is their preferred method of watering, and if the soil is kept too wet, they will pout, and in some cases, die from waterlogged roots.

Most likely what is causing the drooping leaves is lack of light; that and the pale color of the leaves is an indication that the plant needs brighter light with higher intensity - they can take full sun, which turns the leaves a beautiful reddish pink.

Be careful introducing them to full sun; the leaves could sunburn if it happens too fast; acclimate it to a brighter situation by degrees, a half an hour for a couple of days, then gradually more each day so in a week or two, it is fully hardened off.

Hope that helps,

Comments for Help ID my "paddle plant"?? and why is it drooping

Click here to add your own comments

Oct 19, 2016
Stay green!
by: Kayla

I was actually doing some research on this plant myself as I have recently bought one, I actually prefer the entire green look not the red and I happened across an article that says the paddles turn red from stress due to direct sun, bright light is just perfect for them and they will stay green that way so while they may be pretty to some you would actually be causing harm to your paddle plant.

Oct 19, 2016
No Permanent Harm
by: Jacki

Turning red is a physiological effect of the brightness of the light but it doesn't actually harm the plant. That's like saying the leaves of a tree turning red in the fall harms the tree.

Nov 12, 2016
What to do with dead center stalk?
by: Mari

Hi - I was so happy to find this webpage...I didn't know what type of succulent I had and learned it was a paddle leaf kalanchoe! We unfortunately left it out during the first frost and the center stalk leaves died off. But the babies below are still healthy. I took off the dead leaves from the center stalk, but should I leave it alone or cut it off at the base? I'm not sure if it will grow new leaves or if it's spent and I need to get rid of it. Please advise! Thank you!

Nov 12, 2016
Cut it off
by: Jacki

Hi Mari, just cut it off. No point in clinging to something that is dead or dying, it will just suck the energy away from the pups which are healthy. Best of luck with it.

Mar 13, 2017
My paddle plant doesn't make babies
by: Kris

I have the same paddle plant as the drooping one. It lived outside on my south facing deck 2 months before I had to bring it in due to cold weather. I bought a grow light to help it through winter. I live Nebraska. It had red edges for a period of time outside but not since it's been inside. I've never saw babies at he bottom of the stalk. Mine is about 8 inches tall and lives in a container about 9 in wide and 4 in deep along with other succulents. I purchased it that way in July 2016 and now it's March 2016. It won't be outdoors again until the end of May.

Mar 13, 2017
Another factor
by: Jacki

Kris, sometimes these plants won't make any pups until they're under stress. A plant that is only eight inches tall in a giant pot won't be stressed enough, as in, root bound. Give it time!

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Kalanchoe thyrsiflora.