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by Licinia
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

I have some flap Jack Kalanchoe and they have produced a large stem in the centre and now it has produced some flowers but due to the weight it has flopped over out of the ground. How do I replant it and can the stem be cut back. Please help me I don’t know what to do.

Thanks Licinia

Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Licinia, these plants often do this as the flowers are really heavy, and the roots tend to be a little too delicate for the top growth. Don’t be scared, it’s easy, if a little drastic, to fix this.

First of all, get a sharp pair of pruners or a sharp knife, take a deep breath, and cut the top of the plant off.

You can chop it into several pieces, and each one will make a new plant. It will look ugly for a while, but these plants are really resilient and recover from this treatment in a few weeks.

See my book on Succulent Plant Propagation for more: