How to grow Mother of Thousands

Written by Laveréna Wienclaw

By wild, I mean that this succulent can go a little crazy when it comes to the reproductive part. At the phase when leaflets form on the plant, each leaf will spud several new plants that will eventually fall off the mother plant once they are ready to sprout their own roots.

Planting & Care

  • The soil needs can be fulfilled by most commercial cactus soil mixtures. The soil needs to be well draining to avoid root rot. If the soil maintains too much moisture, sand should be added to fix this problem.
  • While water will help the mother of thousands grow better and faster, the natural drought resistance will keep the plant thriving even if you forget it exists for a week of two. Only water when the soil is dry.
  • If you want to gift some of the leaflets to friends, they should have some sprouted roots and be easy to remove once they are ready to split from the mother plant.

Fun Facts & Common Claims

  • The technical name for this succulent is Kalanchoe daigremontiana
  • While many succulents propagate through cuttings, this rare beauty, in addition, will naturally make new plants as it grows without any help.
  • The speed of growth and reproduction make this plant a great candidate for being invasive. The best place for an invasive plant is its own container so it doesn't take over the rest of the garden.
  • The fast reproduction may produce some unsightly results if the plantlets aren't removed before falling into the soil:

Personal Experience

This beauty needs almost no care other than the occasional watering. It also grows very quickly in comparison to many other succulent plants. I was very surprised how quickly it made the baby plantlets and was even more shocked when they began falling all over the rest of my succulents! Keep an eye on this productive momma.

Published on October 25th 2018. Last updated 8 months ago.