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,