House Plants That Grow Baby Plants on Their Leaves

Updated April 13, 2018

Vegetative apomixis is a form of asexual reproduction that enables certain plant species to reproduce without fertilisation. Several varieties of the Bryophyllum genus reproduce in this manner; the plants create dozens of baby plants, or plantlets, along the edges of its leaves. Easily propagate Bryophyllum, even if you don't have a green fingers: Simply lay a leaf on damp soil, and within a few days you will be rewarded with tiny plantlets sprouting along the edges of the leaf.

Bryophyllum Pinnatum

This succulent is also known as Bryophyllum calycinum or Kalanchoe pinnata. It has many nicknames, including Air Plant, Miracle Leaf and Resurrection Plant. The Bryophyllum pinnatum can grow to 6 feet tall with 8-inch leaves. Hawaii considers this an invasive plant.

Bryophyllum Daigremontianum

Bryophyllum daigremontianum (Kananchoe daigremontiana) is commonly called Mother of Thousands, Mother of Millions, Devil's Backbone and Mexican Hat Plant. The plant is suited to USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9b through 11, and can grow to 3 feet tall with 6-inch leaves.

Bryophyllum Fedtschenkoi

Also known as Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi, this Bryophyllum grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 9b through 11. The plant grows only 15 inches tall and does best in light shade. Blossoms appear in winter and early spring and attract hummingbirds.

Other Bryophyllums

Several other varieties of Bryophyllum grow plantlets on their leaves. These include Bryophyllum crenatum (Kalanchoe laxiflora), Bryophyllum luzac-marchaliae (Kalanchoe serrata) and Bryophyllum sanctulum (Kalanchoe sanctula).

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