Friday, April 24, 2015

The Very Maternal, 'Mother of Thousands' Kalanchoe

My cousin, Pat, sent me these pictures today so that I could identify her plant. I have seen similar kalanchoes named 'Mother of Thousands', which is a name that suits these plants well!

I believe this one is a hybrid of the Kalanchoe daigremonitiana, which has the same phenomenal way of reproducing. What will those botanists hybridize next? This fascinating kalanchoe will develop masses of baby plants all along the edges of its leaves!

Kalanchoes are easy-to-grow succulents and all produce flowers, some more showy than others. These handsome and robust natives of Tropical Africa and Madagascar are great for beginners to world of houseplant care.

When repotting, if you add just enough sand, to regular potting soil, so that sand is about 10% of the mixture, that would suit them well.Special soil mixes for cacti and succulents should work well also.

Thanks, Pat!

Care Instructions--
  • Requires direct sun for the strongest growth.
  • Water when the top of the soil is quite dry. 
  • Water thoroughly.Fertilize regularly.
View some video clips on houseplant care from my 90's TV series on YouTube, click below:


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