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Description

Kalanchoes comprise a diverse group of succulent perennials, shrubs, climbers and small trees, including about 130 species mostly from dry subtropical and coastal climates of South Africa and Madagascar. Several species and hybrids are grown in Inland Empire gardens where they add interest with their colorful foliage and flowering. They are well suited to rock gardens, in containers and combined with other succulents in frost-free areas.

Flapjack plant is a colorful species with unique round overlapping leaves that grow 4-5 in. in dia. and with red-orange edges. Plants eventually develop stems that can reach 12-18 in. tall; stalks containing small white flowers occur in late spring. This is a particularly good border, parkway and and container plant that requires little care.

Water Needs

Flapjack plant is well adapted to all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains often provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates Flapjack plant can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer following the flowering cycle.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
0"-2"
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  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Succulent
Foliage Character: Succulent
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 12 in. - 18 in.
Width: 12 in. - 18 in.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Blue green, Red, Orange
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Coastal salt air, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Rock gardens, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Borders

Maintenance

Prune, if desired, for cuttings to "root" into new plants any time of the year (D).

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