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,
Jacki

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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!

Mar 29, 2017
White powdery stuff
by: Linda

But what about the white powdery stuff on stem and some leaves that someone else asked about, too?

Mar 29, 2017
More about the powdery stuff here
by: Jacki

Linda, lots of people have asked about the powder on these plants, so I've written a page about it here; Why is my Succulent Dusty?

May 17, 2017
Paddle plant got burned
by: Kris

I brought my paddle plant outside last week on my south facing deck which is where it was last summer and pretty sure the leaves are scorched!! I moved it to my covered front porch for now. What do I do for the burnt leaves?

May 18, 2017
Sunburn
by: Jacki

Hi Kris, any plant that has spent the winter indoors runs the risk of sunburn when it's exposed to intense sunlight. I always recommend treating your succulents just the same as tender baby seedling vegetables, and harden them off over a week or two.

Unfortunately, the leaves won't heal, but if they are still partially undamaged, they will still be useful to the plant and photosynthesize.

If they're totally unsightly, cut them off. New leaves will sprout from each axil and these will most likely be a little hardier and less likely to sunburn.

May 18, 2017
Sun burned paddle succulent
by: Kris

How long will it take for new leaves? Mine are 1/4 burnt on each leaf. Can I cut off the just the dead part? I would only have the trunk left if I cut the leaves off😞

May 19, 2017
It will take several weeks
by: Jacki

The new growth with emerge in a few weeks, but the leaves will take a month at least to grow to full size.

Yes, you can cut the damaged part off, leave as much as you are able that will still photosynthesize. New growth won't grow while the leaves are still on the plant though, so if you want to bite the bullet and get it over with, cut them right off.

Good luck with it!

Jun 20, 2017
ground planting
by: Julie

Hi - can you plant the paddle plant straight into the ground or does it need to be in a pot?

Jun 21, 2017
Julies question
by: Jacki

Hi Julie, of course you can plant it in the ground, rather than a pot! However, these are not a cold hardy plant, so if you want it to survive the winter if you get frost in your area, dig it up (or propagate it) well before the risk of frost.

Jul 03, 2017
Plant can't stand in its own
by: Kelly

My paddle plant used to have larger leaves at the base that seemed to keep it balanced. Those have died off and now the plant needs support to stay upright. How can I resolve this? I thought about doing clippings, but i don't have the pups you described.

Jul 03, 2017
Support with a Stake?
by: Jacki

Kathy, can you insert a thin stick like a chopstick or even a piece of wire clothes hanger into the pot right beside the plant to hold it up? Make sure it's getting enough light and isn't stretching to reach it.

Jul 17, 2017
drooping leaves
by: Robbie

I have several of these paddle plants and after the stalk or main plant gets some height to it the bottom half of the leaves start to curl under. What causes this?

Jul 17, 2017
Answer for Robbie
by: Jacki

Robbie, the leaves curl under for a couple of reasons, the main one seems to be that it's not bright enough for it. They like full sun, and if they're not getting it, they show their displeasure in this way.

The other reason is that as the leaves at the bottom of the stalk age, they do eventually fall off or shrivel up. The drooping is the first step in this process.

Nov 04, 2017
spider mites?
by: hannah

my paddle plant is starting to dry up on the edges, but I water it regularly. Another house plant of mine, had spider mites :(. could the leaves dying be from sider mites? should i treat the plant?

Nov 04, 2017
Spider Mites
by: Jacki

The usual look of spider mite damage is that the leaves almost look metallic, and dried out. By all means treat the plant with insecticidal soap.

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