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Perfect for first time plant parents, ‘Flapjacks’ (Kalanchoe luciae), provide both stylish looks and a laid back nature any new parent needs. Their green with deep pink tipped paddle like leaves, stand tall on powdery white stems, providing a unique colour contrast in garden beds and pots.  Flapjacks just love dry conditions, and don’t need much care to be happy. As long as you give them a well drained soil and plenty of sun, they will keep out of mischief.


 

How to grow flapjack in your garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil slightly moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips or an inorganic mulch like pebbles or stones. Ensure that the mulch is kept away from the base of the plants. 
  5. Water when the soil is dry, this may be once a week, depending on weather and soil conditions.
  6. Feed your flapjacks once every autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
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How to grow flapjacks in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300mm wide and deep.  Position in full sun and partially fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Potting Mix.  
  2. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips or an inorganic mulch like pebbles or stones. Ensure that the mulch is kept away from the base of the plants. 
  5. Water when the soil is dry, this may be once a week, depending on weather and soil conditions.
  6. Feed your flapjacks once every autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.

Growing tips

  • Flapjacks are not fond of water. Avoid sitting them in wet soils as they can suffer from root rot.
  • These hardy plants can be grown indoors in a well lit area but away from harsh afternoon sun or reflective light. 
  • Like many other succulents, Flapjacks can produce terminal or end of life flowers from the centre of the plant. Although this means the end to the larger plant, many pups will appear at the base, waiting to be planted out and shared.

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