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Bryophyllum daigremontianum (Mother of Thousands) is a small shrub grown in USDA Zones 9-11 that grows 2 to 5 feet tall and makes an excellent ornamental foliage and flowers in landscape. This succulent African native enjoys a warm climate but can survive dry conditions and the salt of the seaside. Growing in full sun or partial shade and receiving adequate rainfall, this evergreen plant displays showy flowers in shades of pink, red and crimson.
To care for your Mother of Thousands succulent, place in a sunny location with good air circulation in a well draining soil. Keep it moist during the spring and summer months, allowing the top few inches of soil to dry slightly between waterings, and reduce watering during the winter months. Adding a little bit of fertilizer in the summer months will ensure your Bryophyllum daigremontianum produces healthy leaves and flowers.
If you'd like to grow Mother of Thousands in cold regions, you can create a suitable environment in a container and bring it inside during the winter. When potted, use cactus soil or a soil made of equal parts of sand, peat moss, and potting soil, and use a container with drainage holes. While it is better to keep it in a warm spot, it can survive cooler temperatures, such as a garage or a cool basement, if you allow some direct sunlight. Additionally, you can use a grow light to ensure your Bryophyllum daigremontianum gets the light it needs. Make sure to keep it moist, but not too wet, and repot as needed.
Mother of Thousands is not only an ornamental plant, but it serves as a traditional medicine plant with ethnomedical properties. Its sap can be quite irritating, so be sure you wear gloves when handling it. In conclusion, this attractive succulent is a great and easy-to-grow addition to your garden or container, and its drought tolerance makes it a valuable part of coastal, low-water gardens.
Very prolific round tubular leaves forming plantlets on the ends that quickly start new plants if they fall to the ground. This plant needs a rather dry atmosphere and complete exposure to sunlight. Throughout the summer, the soil should be kept moist, but in the winter, very little water is needed.
Bryophyllum fedtchenkoi, otherwise known as Kalanchoe, is a small plant native to Madagascar that can grow 2-5 feet in height. It is an extremely ornamental species, containing leaves of bluish-green hue with brown margins that can take on a pink hue when exposed to a sufficient amount of full sun. These foliage-rich plants are hardy in USDA Zones 9-11, and are typically seen in seaside climates due to their salt tolerance.
The flowers of Bryophyllum fedtchenkoi are vinous in colour, ranging from a deep red to a crimson hue, with their inflorescence reaching 12" tall. The blooms are incredibly attractive, making it a popular choice for gardeners.
Growing this bushy-branched specimen is easy - and it can be done in pots for those living in colder climates. When planting in pots, it is important to use a well-draining material, and avoid moist and waterlogged conditions for best results. Moderately watering about once a week during dry seasons, and keeping the plant in plenty of full sun should not pose too much of a challenge, and should allow the Kalanchoe to thrive.
This rare variety brought from Thailand has large fleshy leaves 1-2 ft in length. Leaves and stems are covered with silvery coating. Flowers are very showy, red with orange-yellow or light yellow. When planted in groups, these plants make very unforgettable view, covered with flame-like flowers. Like other kalanchoes, leaflets form easily, they are fuzzy and silver. Easy to grow just from one leaf set on top of moist soil. Very fast growing, drought tolerant small shrub. Tolerates almost any conditions.
Native Hawaiian plant. Easy to grow just from one leaf set on top of moist soil. Very fast growing, drought tolerant small shrub. Tolerates almost any conditions. Spectacular bloomer! Other common names: Donkey Ears; Life Plant; Miracle Leaf; Sprouting Leaf; Sprout Leaf Plant; Leaf of Life; Resurrection Plant; Canterbury Bells; Cathedral Bells; Mexican Love Plant; Floppers; Good Luck Leaf; Tree Of Life; Hawaiian Air Leaf; Palm Beachbells. Bahamians call it Life Leaf or Ploppers. In the Bahamas it is mostly used for Asthma or shortness in breath.
A very interesting giant specie, inch thick jointed stems are waxy, as are the opposite pairs of fleshy, succulent leaves. Terminal inflorescence of yellow flowers from dangling four-sided box-like bracts yields a multitude of plantlets. Propagation: Bulbils coming after the flowers, underground stolons.
Kalanchoe beharensis need full sun to part shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. Water sparingly at all times. The use of fertilizer is discouraged. They thrive in nutrient poor soils (equal amounts of loam and sand with gravel added for drainage). The stems are usually unbranched and may reach a height of 10 feet or more. Propagation: Kalanchoe beharensis is propagated by the removal of plants around the base of the main plant and by leaf cuttings. K.B.'Fang' is named for the stippled, fang-like texture on the underside of its leaves. A superb cultivar of beharensis. Habit of growth is similar to beharensis but the leaves are smaller. The leaves have brown margins in ideal light.
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a small shrub typically grown as an annual in cooler climates. It is a symmetrical plant with 2-5 feet tall and dark green leaves, and bears brightly colored flowers in the late autumn to early winter. The four petal flowers come in a a wide range of shades, from dark reds and pinks to oranges, golds and whites.
The plant enjoys full sun, but does tolerate some shade. It requires moderate amounts of water throughout the warmer months, but care must be taken not to overwater it, as too much can weaken the plant and make it susceptible to pests and diseases.
In cultivation, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is best suited to USDA zones 9-11 and can be grown in cooler climates as an annual in pots. When planting, ensure the area is sheltered from strong winds and provides plenty of sun, and select a fast draining soil mixture, such as one with a large proportion of perlite and/or sand. For best results, regularly fertilize and water, and bring the potted plant indoors during the colder months.
This small shrub is tolerant of flooding and frost, however, it is not cold hardy and extreme temperatures can cause significant damage to the branches and foliage. In order to protect the plant, it is best to either bring it inside, or to place in a sheltered and sunny spot.
This small shrub reaches heights of 2-5 feet and thrives best in full sun and moderate water. Kalanchoe attractive foliage makes it popular for container growing and as a houseplnat. It prefers somewhat dry and well-drained soil of moderate fertility. Foliage is evergreen, fleshy and decorated with soft scallops. Flowers are usually visible in spring and, depending of hybrid type, come in a variety of flowers, including yellow, white, pink, orange and red.
For best results, a bright spot near a window with some protection from midday and afternoon sun will provide the best balance between light and warmth. Mist the leaves frequently to encourage adequate moisturizing during the warmer months. Having more blooms requires more sun, so if the flowers start to fade, provide more light.
Kalanchoe is also a great choice for growing in a container and adding some beautiful color to your porch, balcony or terrace. It is also a good choice for a shady spot, in those areas plants may not live through exceptionally cold or rainy winters, or they may die back and become dormant during especially harsh winters.
For colder regions, Kalanchoe plants can be potted and grown indoors, where temperatures stay above frost. Place your Kalanchoe plants in a bright and warm spot, away from cold drafts. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not wet, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out before watering. Use a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during summer, but don't fertilize during the cold winter months. Kalanchoe plants are very tolerant of the coastal environment and can handle the salt air, so feel free to keep your houseplants outside provided they are in a container.