Also known as Paddle Plant, Flapjaks, Desert Cabbage, White Lady, Geelplakkie, Meelplakkie or Plakkie, Khalanchoe thyrsiflora is a part of the Khalanchoe genus native to Madagascar, a genus that gathers more than 200 species, popular especially as garden plant.
Khalanchoe thyrsiflora is compound of a stalk that can reach a height of one meter and a cluster of leaves growing and its base and having no stalk. The leaves are of a green colors with reddish margins that give the plant an unusual but eye-catching look.
Khalanchoe thyrsiflora has small, tubular flowers of a green color that creates a perfect combination with the other color, yellow. The blooming period begins in February and ends in June, but the flowers can sometimes last even longer than that.
The plant prefers sunny environments and as it is a semi permanent flower, it is ideal for decorating gardens and, if planted in combination with annual species, the effect will be a beautiful garden that can last all year long.
When it comes to its status, Khalanchoe thyrsiflora is definitely not an endangered species, as it grows in abundance in several areas. This may be a result of the fact that Khalanchoe thyrsiflora is anything but sensitive or pretentious when it comes to growing environments.
If you plan on planting Khalanchoe thyrsiflora and if you expect quick results, the leaf cuttings should be made from mature plants. Besides the proper worm months in which the process should be done, another important detail in order to obtain great results is to do the cuttings after ensuring that a small piece of stem is attached to the leaf.
If you make sure to keep them moist the roots will start to appear and the process will not take more than two or three days. It is also important to ensure a moist habitat even after the roots start to appear.
If you choose to propagate Khalanchoe thyrsiflora by seeds, make sure to use fungicide, as the plant is very sensitive to fungal diseases and may otherwise die after germination.