Mother of Thousands vs Mother of Millions

Mother of Thousands vs Mother of Millions this two plants bring confusion due to their similitudes.

The only thing that brings differences between them is the shapes of their leaves.

Mother of thousands has their wide broader leaves growing in pairs, and plantlets appearing in the leaves edges. mother of millions possesses a narrow leave, and the plantlets materializing at the leaves tips.

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Kalanchoe Daigremontiana (Mother of Thousands)

Mother of Thousands vs Mother of Millions

Growing mother of thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana) provides an attractive foliage houseplant.

Though rarely blooming when kept indoors, the flowers of this plant are insignificant, with the most interesting feature being the baby plantlets continually appearing on the tips of the large leaves.

When growing mother of thousands as an outdoor plant in USDA hardiness zones 9 -11, it may bloom with small, grayish lavender flowers in late winter.

The mother plant then dies, but is replaced by tiny plantlets thatcan drop and cause the plant to be considered invasive. For this reason, most gardeners find growing mother of thousands works best in a container.

Mother of thousands is of the Crassulaceae family and is related to jade plant and Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana).

It is often confused with the chandelier plant (Kalanchoe delagoensis) but shares similar growing conditions and traits.

According to mother of thousands plant info, Kalanchoe daigremontiana has lost the ability to produce seeds and only reproduces from plantlets.

As it is an abundant producer, it can quickly get out of hand when dropping these baby plantlets.

While this provides numerous plants for the propagating gardener, those uninterested in the addition of more plants may find caring for mother of thousands a bit tedious.

Don’t worry about disposing of the plantlets though, because more are sure to appear on the healthy, still growing mother of thousands.

This succulent plant can resist drought, though performance is better when regularly watered.

Like its relatives, Kalanchoe daigremontiana, does not need frequent fertilization. If you wish to feed when experimenting with how to grow Kalanchoe plants, do so only once every few months.

The mother-of-thousands is a superlative nurturer by necessity; somewhere on the evolutionary timeline, the unique succulent lost the ability to produce viable seeds, and so the burden of reproduction fell to its leaves.

As the plant matures, spoon-shaped spurs develop along the periphery of its leaves, each yielding a miniature clone of the mother.

These adventitious plantlets grow larger and form roots, all the while clinging to the mother’s leaves, which now hang heavy under the weight of so many young plants.

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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Kalanchoe Delagoensis (Mother of Millions, Devil’s Backbone, Chandelier Plant)

Mother of Thousands vs Mother of Millions

Chandelier Plant (Kalanchoe delagoensis or K. tubiflora): A Bryophyllum type Kalanchoe known as Mother of Millions (because it is aggressively prolific) or Chandelier Plant (because of its upright, cylindrical leaves).

This species is native to Madagascar and Mozambique, where it grows as dense stands in a wide range of habitats.

Its tubular, grey-green leaves are marked with dark purple blotches. 

Hundreds of tiny plantlets sprout along its leaves, fall, and take root almost anywhere. It so aggressively chokes out other plants that it has been classified as an invasive weed in Australia.

In addition to vegetative propagation, K. delagoensis can bloom each winter and produce seeds. It has a hanging, trumpet-shaped flower that can be red to orange.

Please Note: All parts of this plant are toxic and can cause digestive issues if ingested.

Soft succulents will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light.

They need great drainage and infrequent water to prevent rot.

Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.

What is the difference between mother of millions vs thousands

Mother of Thousands does have a tear-shaped and broad leave. Something noticeable about them is that they grow in pairs. The leaves grow on the stems opposed sides.

The upcoming pair does rotate at a 90-degree angle allowing new leaves to receive sunlight.

They are little ridges at the leaf edges. The baby plantlets are formed here. The buds or plantlets grow at the leaf edges.

A healthy leaf can come with a full supplement of babies in the edges. The Mother of millions in different circumstances does have a narrow leaf.

It consists of 4 leaves, all growing in the same position along the stem known as nodes.

There is no alternation like what the Mother of thousand does. The leaves end have plantlets at the tip. Each leaf normally has 2-4 babies.

The Mother of millions is known to be a dangerous weed, especially in Africa and Australia.

This is because of their rapid spreading and growth, even in adverse conditions. Behavior in their growth is the final difference between the two mothers.

Mother of Thousands has a single, central stalk growing towards sunlight.

The heavyweight of the leaves will make the leaves fall over, and growth continues. Stalks rising on the identical plant are often in the Mother of millions.

Busk-like reinforcement is formed due to its primary growth.

The genus makes them have a close relationship. Having Madagascar originality, are both treated as other succulents thanks to water, sun, and soil.

They can thrive where sunlight is direct and bright. They are alsodoing well when it comes to indirect light.

The two mothers do appreciate similar water scheduling succulent’s do (Heavy watering, infrequent). The soil should be loose and be fast-draining soil.

With these preferences, the plants do seem to survive on neglect. On the sidewalk cracks of Charleston, South Carolina, they are spotted well.

After falling, of course, from their mothers, they start growing again by developing roots.

They have survived from places perpetually wet and a stunt unheard of comparing other succulent realms. The Mother of thousands and the Mother of millions have been considered to be weeds.

The mother of millions have an extremely efficient procedure of propagation.

Due to this, they tend to overtake plants and crowd them away. The plantlets formed on the leaves are verbatim miniature plants. There is growth and occurrence of photosynthesis while still attached.

Most are even producing roots as an addition to the leaves. It’s a plant when it reaches the ground.

Care of the Mother of Thousands vs Mother of Millions

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.

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.

Are they invasive or harmless?

I have heard about these plants to know that they are considered as invasive weeds by many.

In fact, both plants, Mother of Thousands and Mother of Millions are considered invasive in a lot of areas.

I heard that these plants need to be kept away from other plants because they grow rapidly and aggressively.

They can quickly take over an area and stifle the growth of other plants surrounding it.

In fact, I have heard of people being so sick of this plant that they want to eradicate them completely from their garden but they are just so hard to get rid of. The plantlets that grow out of the leaves can grow anywhere they land.

Conclusion

The Mother of Millions and the Mother of Thousands.

These are two different succulent plants and both belong to the same Crassulaceae family and genus Kalanchoe. They are actually considered as Toxic weeds by many, but they are really beautiful ornamental plants if grown with caution, like keeping them away from pets and children.

All parts of these plants are poisonous and contain a very toxic steroid known as daigremontianin.

The Botanical name of Mother of Thousands is Bryophyllum or kalanchoe daigremontianum, also called alligator plant, or Mexican hat plant.

By seeing this clip, You can easily understand why its called Alligator plant and Mexican hat plant.

Sometime its also known as devil’s backbone, though another plant called pedilanthus or the zig zag plant is known as devils backbone.

Now, the mother of millions which is botanically Bryophyllum or kalanchoe tubiflorum. Also known as chandelier plant.

The basic difference between these two is:

  1. The Shape of their leaves. Mother of Thousands has broad, tear-shaped leaves. These leaves always grow in pairs, each leaf on opposite sides of the stem. If you closely look at the edges of the leaves, you’ll see they have little ridges. That is where their baby plants called as plantlets or buds develop. These plantlets, or buds, grow all along the edge of the leaf. A happy, healthy leaf will have full of babies around its margin. Leaves also rush to grow babies if they are damaged or think they’re about to die.
  2. Mother of Millions, on the other hand, has very narrow leaves. The plantlets on these leaves only grow at the end of the leaf, near the tip. Usually there are between 2-4 babies on each leaf. Am not sure though more plantlets per leaf are produced by mother of thousands, and why this plant is called mother of millions. If you know this answer, please let us know by commenting below the video. I think may be, the number of stalks arising from the same plant are more in number than the mother of thousands.