The Mother of Thousands plant or the Devil’s backbone plant flaunts attractive foliage that is tough to ignore! It also produces heartwarming lavender flowers that are a sight to behold. If you decide to get it for your home, I advise you to learn how to take care of it properly!
The mother of thousands plant requires bright indirect light, well-drained soil watered once topmost soil is dry. It prefers temperatures between 65°F to 75°F (16°C to 24°C), while humidity should be about 40%. It needs semi-regular pruning and almost no fertilizer.
The plant gets this unique name because each leaf contains almost 25 to 30 baby plantlets. Imagine how many leaves a single plant has! One pot can be home to numerous leaves which total up to countless baby plants.
Here is a brief overview of the Mother of Thousands Plant:
Here are the needs of the mother of thousand plant briefly outlined:
Here are some things you need to keep in mind:
Choosing the right plant for the Mexican hat plant can be the wisest decision you take as a succulent parent. Mother of thousands is probably the easiest succulent to grow.
But mind you! It propagates really fast, taking over the entire ground. Trust me; you don’t want to make a mess of succulents in your garden like I did!
So, the best solution is to grow the mother of thousands of kalanchoe in a small container or pot. Also, never plant kalanchoe in a pot without a drainage hole.
Million dollar advice
Protection from overwatering
Make sure to always keep a tray under the pot. Excess water will drain into the tray from the hole. That way, you can save your place from getting dirty and your plant will remain healthy too. Make sure to empty the tray every day.
Who says that only humans and animals need sunlight? Sunlight gives us vitamin D. But what it delivers to a plant is much more than vitamin D.
Mother of thousands plant needs an abundance of indirect sunlight. If you place it in direct sunlight, it will get sunburned so refrain from putting your plant in danger.
Scorched leaves look unpleasant. You don’t want your succulent to have them. So, please place the plant in a shady area especially in warm weather.
If you’re keeping it indoors, a window facing east is the perfect place for it. Mother of thousand loves a good drench of morning sun!
But how do you know that your mother of thousands is getting enough light? The answer is fairly simple. The plant is getting enough sunlight when the leaves are bright green with red edges.
Optimum temperature is a basic need to function well. Too much heat can dry out the plant.
Then what is the perfect temperature of a mother of thousands? The optimum temperature for a mother of thousands is 16 to 24 degree Celsius (65 to 75 degree Fahrenheit).
When the heaters of your home are switched on in the winters, place the plant away from the source of heat. This heat will make the plant look dreadful. Moreover, a baked plant is difficult to recover.
A word of advice
Mother of thousands contains a toxic steroid chemical bufadienolides that is deadly for humans and animals. Keep your pets and young ones away from this plant!
Mother of thousands is a survivor. It can bear a harsh environment. So how often should you fertilize your plant? You do not need to rush to fertilize the plant every week. Mother of thousands is more than thankful to you if you fertilize it only once every three months, that is more than enough!
You can choose any typical succulent fertilizer like 2-4-7, 3-4-7, or 2-7-7. You can check out some of my favorites from Amazon below:
The mother of thousands dislikes soggy soil. SO the question comes, what type of soil should you use for mother of thousands?
Avoid soil that contains ingredients that tend to retain moisture. The cactus soil mix works best for the mother of thousands plant. Choose a sandy soil that drains well for the mother of thousands plant. You can make your own by adding some sand to the regular potting mix. Or you can buy one online by picking one from our recommendations:
Finally, please pay attention to the amount of water you give to the plant.
Kalanchoes is very similar to cacti. They do not need much water or, you can say kalanchoes are sensitive to water. If you own it, this question must have crossed your mind.
How often should I water my mother of thousand succulent?
In summers, you can water mother of thousands every 4 to 5 days. Make sure the top two inches of the soil is dry before you water it.
As I said at the start, you should use a pot with a drainage hole. The plant does not survive in soggy or moist soil. The drainage hole in the pot will help get rid of excess water. That way, your plant has a higher likelihood of being healthy and strong!
**Do not water the plants to death. Water dead plants to life.**
Mother of thousands is a fascinating succulent. Best, if kept indoors. Just a little bit of care is required.
If you want to learn more about succulent care, I recommend you head over and read our post about growing succulents!
My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!
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June 13, 2021