Kalanchoe Daigremontiana “Mother of Thousands”

Kalanchoe daigremontiana “Mother of Thousands”

Kalanchoe daigremontiana “Mother of Thousands” is one of the succulent plants of the genus Kalanchoe (family Crassulaceae) best known in the world for its application in different pathologies.

 Even so, it must be clarified that the media have exaggerated these medicinal properties, prompting many people to consume them in dangerous ways. 

It is a species native to Madagascar, although its cultivation is carried out in much of the world; It is currently an invasive plant in several countries since its a sexual multiplication is very efficient.

It is a perennial plant with very rapid growth.

Stems and leaves

This plant develops erect fleshy stems of +/- 80 cm in height that form numerous axillary branches mainly in low or middle areas. The stems are cylindrical, smooth and exhibit a very conspicuous gray-green color.

The leaves are arranged opposite, are petiolated, fleshy and have a very striking triangular shape (mainly lanceolate) with serrated margins and the base folded up. In addition, they are folded in the central midline forming a V and show a gray-green coloration with more abundant violet spots towards the margins on the underside. 

At the base of each tooth of the margin, seedlings develop as a method of asexual reproduction. Each sheet can exceed 15 cm long and 5 cm wide.

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Flowers

The flowers are grouped numerous into branched terminal inflorescences that hold floral umbels. 

Each flower has a very conspicuous tubular shape with 4 petals arranged at 90⁰ with respect to the others. 

The petals show a very attractive orange-pinkish coloration.

All flowers can exceed 3 cm long and always remain arranged down. 

Flowering is accompanied by an apical lengthening of +/- 30 cm from the central stem.

Toxicity

Although many online media place this plant as a relic in the medical sector, it should be borne in mind that the same substances that have medicinal benefits are very dangerous in high doses. 

The consumption of this species for therapeutic purposes should be carried out with control to avoid damage to health. 

As a recommendation, you should always go to the doctor to be assigned the optimal dose.

Tips to take care of the Kalanchoe daigremontiana “Mother of Thousands”

Kalanchoe daigremontiana is one of the easiest succulent species to grow, becoming a nuisance in collections around the world for its invasive power. 

Next, your essential care:

Illumination

This plant requires a sunny exposure throughout the day to achieve optimal growth. 

In conditions of poor light, the stems will etiolate quickly and the plant will weaken.

Temperature

It prefers a cool to warm climate throughout the year. 

The ideal temperature range is between 20ºC-28ºC. It does not tolerate long hours of temperatures below 5ºC or contact with snow.

Substratum

It adapts to almost any type of substrate provided that it allows rapid drainage of irrigation water. 

Sometimes it can grow between cracks in buildings or roofs where the substrate is almost 100% mineral. 

Therefore, it is a plant capable of invading almost any place in the garden.

Irrigation Frequency

Quite tolerant to drought, although it appreciates periodic irrigation during the hottest seasons of the year. 

Prevent water from accumulating on the leaves when watering to avoid future fungal attacks.

Plagues and diseases

Extremely resistant to pests being rarely found in this species. 

It is only susceptible to mealybugs if it is maintained in prolonged stress due to poor cultivation conditions. 

Some mollusks can devour sections of stems and leaves.

Multiplication

Extremely simple by little children that develop in the margin of the leaves. 

Also from cuttings of stems or even leaves. The multiplication must be controlled to avoid annoying invasions in other pots.