Kalanchoe daigremontiana or Bryophyllum daigremontianum is known as the mother of thousands plant because it produces tiny plantlets along the margins of its triangular leaves. Originally from Madagascar, it is now a succulent houseplant and frost-free garden plant. Mother of thousands is a single-stemmed plant up that grows up to 3 feet high with leaves up to 6 inches long. It produces clusters of drooping, orange flowers in late summer. All parts of the plant are poisonous and it can become invasive in the garden.
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Place potted mother of thousand plants in a bright location in the home that receives direct sunshine. A south facing windowsill is ideal. You can move plants outdoors after the last frost. Plant mother of thousands plants in well-drained soil in a sunny location.
Water mother of thousands regularly during the warmer months of the year and allow the soil to dry out to a depth of 2 inches between waterings. Reduce watering in the winter months, applying just enough to keep the soil moist.
Fertilise your mother of thousands using a liquid houseplant fertiliser diluted by 50 per cent. Apply fertiliser every three months during the warmer months of the year.
Propagate mother of thousands plants from fallen plantlets during the summer. Place them on the surface of a potting medium made up of equal parts sand, loam and peat moss. You can also propagate mother of thousands from cuttings allowed to dry out for a few days prior to planting.
Bring mother of thousands plants indoors before the first frost, or pot up plantlets and keep them in a green house during the winter.
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