Mother Of Thousands
Plant Care,  Propagation

Mother Of Thousands

The key to mother of thousands care is to remember it is succulent, so give it good amount of indirect sunlight, good drainage and do not over water…

Mother Of Thousands Summary

Light needs:Plenty of indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Allow to dry out completely between watering, in the summer this will mean watering about once a week, and much less in winter.
Fertilizer:During the warmer months you can use a cactus and succulent fertilizer, once a month.
Soil:A cactus and succulent potting mix.
Humidity:Normal household humidity, they are succulents and do not need any extra misting.
Temperature:Normal household temperatures will be fine.
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Kalanchoe daigremontiana, devil’s backbone.
Common issues:Overwatering.


Mother of thousands a.k.a. kalanchoe daigremontiana is a succulent originally from Madagascar that gets it’s name from the many smaller smaller baby plantlets that grow all along the edge of it’s leaves, giving it a unique look. It is a really cool looking succulent that is so easy to propagate and producing more plants to gift to friends.

See also: Succulent Propagation, Senecio Barbertonicus, Sansevieria Moonshine, Desert Rose Bonsai, Cereus Jamacaru.

Light Needs

Maximum indirect sunlight is the key here! Mother of thousands is a succulent and needs plenty of indirect sunlight. It wants to be in the brightest area of your home if indoors to be honest. Some direct sunlight will be ok too and the plant can survive outside as long as it is not too cold.

How Often to Water

A mother of thousands should be allowed to dry out completely between watering, in the summer this will mean watering about once a week, and much less in winter. It is much better to underwater than over water these!

Do not water succulents on a schedule, by all means check them weekly but not just water them without checking. A big killer of these plants is overwatering which can easily happen when the weather cools down in autumn and the plant needs much less water. You’ll then run the risk of getting root rot.


During the warmer months you can use a cactus and succulent fertilizer, once a month, but do not feed in the winter months. It is not totally necessary to feed these plants, they’ll be fine if you don’t but might grow quicker if you do.


A cactus and succulent potting mix will suit a mother of thousands well, because they need a very well draining potting medium. One of the most important things about kalanchoe care is to make sure it’s roots do not sit in water so a good cactus mix is necessary here.

When To Repot

Repot it up one size if it is pot bound and the roots grow through the bottom of the pot. The best time of year to do this is in spring.


Mother of thousands a.k.a. alanchoe daigremontiana will do well in normal household humidity, they are succulents and do not need any extra misting.


They will do well in household temperatures and can be outside for the summer months as long as the temperature does not get close to freezing, ideally keep above 5°C (41°F). They are not fussy when it comes to temperature.

Where To Buy

Support your local plant ships if you can. There are lots of good succulent stores around now. If you can’t find it, then you can buy these from specialist plant sellers and sometime from a local florists. Also check Etsy.

Other Names

Other names for mother of thousands are kalanchoe daigremontiana and devil’s backbone.

How To Propagate A Mother of Thousands

Mother of thousands are very easy to propagate as the plant has already produced a lot of smaller plantlets. You can gently remove the plantlets with your fingers, then plant them into a cactus and succulent potting mix.

Mother Of Thousands Varieties

There are many types of mother of thousands (a.k.a. kalanchoe, a.k.a. bryophyllum), so you see them come in various shapes and sizes. Here is a list of some varieties of Kalanchoe:

  • Kalanchoe arborescens
  • Kalanchoe beharensis
  • Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
  • Kalanchoe brasiliensis
  • Kalanchoe daigremontiana
  • Kalanchoe delagoensis
  • Kalanchoe farinacea
  • Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi
  • Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri
  • Kalanchoe longiflora
  • Kalanchoe luciae
  • Kalanchoe manginii
  • Kalanchoe marmorata
  • Kalanchoe orgyalis
  • Kalanchoe pinnata
  • Kalanchoe porphyrocalyx
  • Kalanchoe pubescens
  • Kalanchoe pumila
  • Kalanchoe robusta
  • Kalanchoe tetraphylla
  • Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
  • Kalanchoe tomentosa

Kalanchoe Daigremontiana FAQs and Common Problems

The main issue with mother of thousands is overwatering – make sure it is in a well draining cactus compost and you only water it once it has dried out.

Why Is It Called Mother Of Thousands?

Mother of thousands gets it name from the many baby plants it grows around it leaves.

Why Is My Mother Of Thousands Curling?

It stores water in it’s leaves and will curl up when dehydrated. If your plants leaves are curling inwards it is a sign that it does not have enough water, give it a good soaking, and then check it once a week after that to see if it has dried out. Only water if totally dry.

Is Mother Of Thousands Toxic To Cats?

Mothed of thousands can cause vomiting in cats, and occasional can be worse, so seek vets advice if eaten.

Do Mother Of Thousands Go Dormant?

They can go dormant and their growth can slow in the colder winter months.

Can Mother Of Thousands Survive Winter?

They are succulents and do not do well if temperatures drop down to freezing, so bring them in in cold winters.

Why Is My Mother Of Thousands Drooping?

Kalanchoes droop when their care needs are not met. It is normally be due to to too little or too much water. But can also be due to to pests or too much sun. Make sure you’re watering them well. So check that you are watering it well, but not overwatering it and check for pests when you water the plant. Also avoid full midday sun and your plant should do well.

Why Is My Mother Of Thousands Turning Yellow?

Root rot from overwatering is the most common reason for yellowing- Make sure you are letting the soil dry out before watering the plant each time, and that you tip out any excess water after watering.

Why Is My Mother Of Thousands So Tall?

Mother of thousand and get tall and leggy if not given enough light. Move it closer to the window to remedy the situation.

When Does Mother Of Thousands Produce Babies?

The plant will put out smaller plantlets when it is mature and if given the right care. This can be anywhere up to 5 years, but can be within 2 years.

Why Is My Mother Of Thousands Not Producing Plantlets?

Kalanchoe will only produce small planets when it is mature and when it’s care need are met. If the plant is 3 years old or more then make sure it is not too humid and has enough sunlight.

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