If you have been following the tale of my broken hypertufa bowl repair, I am glad to tell you that it is now replanted and almost as good as new! I have it replanted with a Flapjack Plant and I think it is looking great. I cannot wait for it to fill in.
I waited several days before I replanted since I was not sure if any “vapors” would be around the pot after using that adhesive, but there was virtually no odor that I could detect even while I was doing the job. ( Well, actually my husband was doing the job and I was filming.) So I went full ahead with the replanting.
It was so hard to decide which of my plants that I wanted in the bowl. There is room for several and I felt that I would really like to have more than just a single planting, but that Flapjack ( Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) looked so great in there alone and I know it will get bigger and multiply, right?
Note: This Paddle Plant or Flapjack Plant could also be Kalanchoe luciae. When I researched it, there were notes that said the luciae is more red, while the thyrsiflora had red edges to the paddle, so for my plant, I am going with K. thyrsiflora.
What Plant for my Succulent Bowl Arrangement?
Using the plants that I already had available to me, I chose the Crassula muscosa or Watch Chain Plant. I thought the dark green color would contrast nicely with the coloring of the Flapjack Plant, but also go really well with the color of the hypertufa bowl itself.
I wrote about Watch Chain in another post. This plant grows quickly and I can keep pinching off ends to fill the planter with more and more of it as needed. My Flapjack should “pup” for me to have more of them in this container, but this plant is monocarpic meaning it will die after it blooms. So I hope I get a lot of pups quickly.
With the weather warming up now, here in Ohio we still have a slight chance of frost. But I think I could be safe enough to take this planter outside so that it has a great chance for good light and temperatures that will give it the best color. It would be easy for me to bring it indoors if there is danger of frost. If I use my newest plant room, the screened porch, I think it may have a little protection anyway.
The Flapjack plant has a whitish coating on its leaves as I mentioned in the video. This is its epicuticular wax or farina which helps it hold water inside, protects it from sunburn, and makes the surface shed dirt, insects and their eggs. Don’t wipe this away because it is good for the plant. If you should, it could take months for it to regenerate.
Sometimes one might think that the plant is infected with powdery mildew or bugs of some sort, but inspect it closely. When it is finely and evenly spread across the leaf, it probably is the good stuff.
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