6 Absolutely Easy Ways
to Take Care of Mother of Thousands Kalanchoe

If you own a mother of a thousand and don’t know the right way to care for it, you are in the right place. This blog post is all about caring for kalanchoe diagremontiana

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Jimena Bolívar

March 30, 2021

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Do you wonder why the leaves of your mother of thousands experience leaf wilting? Or are you tired of mold growing on your kalanchoe daigremontiana?

I experienced the same, and trust me when I say it was an awful experience. I could literally feel my heart crying. But years of experience have taught me something beyond the depth of seas.

Well, you no longer have to worry about your alligator plant. I’m going to reveal some easy yet practical tips that I’ve learned over the years. So stay connected!

few succulent pots hanging outside a window

Kalanchoe diagremontiana, mother of thousands, is commonly nicknamed as alligator plant, Mexican hat, and devil’s backbone. These easy-to-grow plants require some care. With sufficient sunlight, the right amount of water, and maintaining the humidity and temperature, you will see your succulent bloom.

How to take care of mother of thousands Kalanchoe

baby plantlets of mother of thousands kalanchoe in soil

Do you why it is named mother of thousands? Because each leaf contains almost 25 to 30 baby plantlets. Imagine how many a plant got! So you are not only taking care of one mother but its thousand babies as well. Down below, I’m going to list some effortless still, practical hacks that no one ever told you!

1. Identify the right type of pot

Identifying the right pot for your Mexican hat plant can save your generation. Mother of thousands is probably the easiest succulent to grow. It propagates competing for the speed of light. Just kidding!

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!

five pots of succulents kept in a tray

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. Why? Keep reading, and you will know soon.

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.

2. Sunlight is a plant’s bestfriend

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 needs sufficient but indirect sunlight. If you place it in direct sunlight, it will get sunburn. Just like that your skin gets when you forget to apply sunscreen!

Scorched leaves look painful. You don’t want that to happen with your succulent. So, put it in a shady area especially in warm weather. However, in the seasons of love like fall, spring, and winters, you can place the plant in direct sunlight as the sun is not way too hot. If you’re keeping it indoors, a window facing east is the perfect place for a Mexican hat. Mother of thousand loves a good drench of morning sun!

mother of thousands succulents with red ouline on the edges

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 an outline of reddish shade.

3. Don’t make it too hot for the plant

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).

Keep in mind. When you increase the warmth in your home in winters, hold the plant away from this heat. The heat will make it look dreadful. A baked plant is difficult to recover.

A word of caution!

Protect your pets

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!

4. Fertilize once every three months

Mother of thousands is a survivor. It can bear a harsh environment, just like the middle child of every family. So how often should you fertilize your plant?

So you do not need to rush and fertilize it every week. Mother of thousands is more than thankful to you if you fertilize it only once every three months. It is more than enough!

You can choose any typical succulent fertilizer like 2-4-7, 3-4-7, or 2-7-7, etc. You can check out some of my favorites from Amazon linked down below.

schultz cactus plus 2-7-7 liquid plant food, 4-ounce

This product is suitable for all type of succulents. when watering the plant, feed this product. It is super easy to use. Highly recommended!

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miracle-gro succulent plant food, 8 oz., for succulents including cacti, jade, and aloe, 2 pack

This is probably the best product on amazon. I've used it personally.You just need to feed this once every two weeks!

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5. Soggy soil is the worst nightmare of Mexican hat plant

The mother of thousands does not go well with the soggy soil. SO the question comes, what type of soil should you use for mother of thousands?

Avoid the soil that contains ingredients to hold the moisture. The potting mix works best for the mother of thousands. Kind of sandy soil that drains well is the choice for mother of thousands. You can make your own by adding some sand to the regular potting mix. Or you can but online by clicking the link below

wonder soil | premium succulent & cactus soil mix | fast draining pre-mixed nutrient enhanced coco coir expands to 12 quarts | incl worm castings, mycorrhizae, pumice

It's ready-to-use soil. You get a decent quantity for affordable price. my grandmother uses it for her garden. It is a great product!

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sun gro horticulture 1410602.Q08P black gold cactus mix (8 qt)

I highly recomment using this product because it has perfect blend of sand, perlite, pumice and humus which is perfect for your succulent

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6. Right amount of water is the key

A water can watering the plants

Last but not least is the right amount of water at the right time. Kalanchoes is very similar to cacti. They don’t 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 succulents?

In summers, you can water mother of thousands every 4 to 5 days. Make sure the top two-inch layer 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 mother of thousands does not survive well in soggy or moist soil. The drainage hole in the pot will help get rid of excess water. That way, your plant is on the safe side!

**Do not water 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.

• Do not overwater it.

• Keep it away from the scorching heat of the sun.

• Use draining sandy soil.

• Make sure to buy a pot with a drainage hole.

• Fertilize it once in a while.

• Make this beautiful plant your best friend.

a small guide on taking care of kalanchoe

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

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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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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