*As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Find Affilate Disclaimer here.

Mother Of Thousands Plant – Care,Propagation,Benefits,Varieties(Guide)

Mother of Thousands is a Succulent plant and it is known for the baby plantlets it produces in a single leaf, and the whole plant Looks attractive with these tiny baby plants. It is Extremely easy to grow this plant and caring is also a beginner thing that anyone can do.

There are some Articles which mention that don’t Buy mother of thousands because they are very easy to propagate also, If the Owner is good & consistent about caring for them it will thrive beautifully.

Background Information

Not to get Confused with the names as this has 4 common names it is called including Devil’s backbone, Mexican hat plant and alligator plant and lastly mother of thousands plant. The Scientific name is Kalanchoe daigremontiana and it belongs to Crassulaceae Family and it is previously known by the name Bryophyllum daigremontianum in educational books.

Mother Of Thousands For Sale :

Buy Now 

mother of thousands

Family Crassulaceae
Scientific Name Kalanchoe Daigremontiana
Other Names Mexican hat, Devil’s backbone and alligator plant
Native Madagascar
USDA Hardy Zone 9 -11
Light Morning Full sun / Partial Light
Height 3-4 feet
Width 9-12 inch
Fertilizer Liquid based
Soil Well Drained
Toxicity Leaves According to FDA

Mother of Thousands Care

Indoor and Outdoor caring is easy but approach to both is different outside the garden. Let’s talk about different caring aspects of mother of thousands Succulent plant:


Use Perlite(30%) and Succulent-Cactus Soil(70%) to mix them properly, This will make you a well drained soil. Perlite will increase the drainage and air circulation inside soil for roots. Succulent soil mixture is to make sure water retain in soil for a certain time so plant gets enough water to thrive and grow perfect

Mother Of Thousands Watering

Basically Watering only works if you have well drained soil , and sufficient holes in the pot for drainage. Mother of thousands gets angry if you make them stay on the water so avoid overwatering and every time you give water to them make sure to check the soil if its 1-2 inch Moist then don’t give water, wait till next day for it to dry. Overwatering is a serious problem in this succulent and plants may die because of it.

In winter they are in dormant periods where they rest and sleep, so water very less or just spray them and only make them moist and not wet. They like warmness in winter.


Cold temperatures are highly disliked by mother of thousands of plants and You Shouldn’t Place them where temperature is below 3-40° F. Best temperature for this succulent is above 61 F and it can tolerate 75 F easily.

The USDA hardiness zone for this plant is 9 to 11. These zones are preferred by people who grow them outdoors.


This plant can grow without any extra plant food but if you have one or want to provide better nutrients to your succulent then use it every 2-3 month , Here I am using Cacti, Aloe Fertilizer.

Here is the Link If you want to Buy –


Also Read : The 12 Best Fertilizer for Succulents


Partial Or bright light is fine with this succulent and you should avoid afternoon sun as that may burn the leaves in placed in hot summer. Location wise it is best to grow in a container or pots in the shade or corner of the house where light only comes for 2-3 hours a day. Also Don’t Shift them Deep Dark Area , It might lose green vegetation.

Although it is true that it can tolerate some sort of full sun , it again doesn’t harm the mother of thousands of leaves.

In winter if you can place them in some warm area that can help them to be healthy , it would be great.


Growing them in normal room temperature is fine with them and it can adjust to low to moderate humidity easily.

Growth Rate

When you plant baby plantlets , it takes 2 weeks to grow 2-3 inch and 2 months to become enough of a plant and 6 months to actually call it a mature plant.


Mother of thousands can grow about a height of 2-3 feet tall and its leaves are 4-10 inches long. The average plant height most people see early is 1 feet.

mother of thousands care grow

Mother of Thousands Propagation

Propagation is easy process in this succulent plant and can be done by beginner to expert person. How its Done we will talk about it and but first lets why we need to do propagation? To give plant a new life and many people find out Their Mother of Thousands plant lose the ability to grow seeds & that makes them dependent on plantlets. These are tiny plants , sometimes look like flowers growing on the leaves. It’s Good Step if you do propagate because These succulents sometimes start to fade or wilt because of the problems like overwatering and heavy sunlight & owners’ fault for not caring about this plant.

Even you can get this plant for free, by going to your neighbor or friend’s house and taking out the plantlets from there and planting in your garden.

Here is instruction on How to Propagate Mother of Thousands:

1 . Take out Plantlets from the Mature Plant.

Firstly You don’t need pruning shears here and your hand is enough to do the job. Take out the baby mother of thousands , it is called plantlets which look like tiny flowers growing on the edge of the border of the leaves.

2 . If you are propagating, Take two, three plantlets.

Although these succulent have 90% success rate of growing but if it doesn’t grow then we should take backup plantlets with us to make sure the chances of success are high.

3 . You can easily Find Where the baby plants are.

Recommended Products

Without even a graphic or photograph , I can verbally tell you Where and how you can find out where those tiny plantlets are. It’s growing in leaves cover , looking like tiny flowers or plants.

4 . Now Prepare the Soil Mix and Ensure they get Maximum benefits from it.

Choosing the best soil mixture is important , And I am Using Succulent and Cactus mix with perlite. That should be mixed very well and use your hands or wear gloves to do it.

5 . Just Sow the Plantlets and Water it gently.

Time for Plantlets to put them in soil, Remember carefully give them water. And other days only spray the water , Don’t Spoil the placement of these plantlets.

6 . Enjoy and Next time you don’t have to buy it.

When you first time propagate it and successfully do it. Now you can do it on your own and never buy a new plant because they keep growing and One good thing about these plants is they make plantlets in high numbers so it’s easy for cultivator or gardener to propagate it.

7 . Don’t Forgot to Water them and Sunlight.

Give them water on a consistent basis whenever they want it. Always check soil before giving them plenty of water once they grow. Grow them outdoors where they only receive morning sunlight and indoors you can place them near the south facing window. Read my Caring Guide for Light Requirement.

This is how you can propagate succulent plants.

How to Repot Mother of Thousands Plant

Once your Plant grow to certain size, Like if it is about 4-5 month old and you want to put them in bigger pot for further growth, Here is Instruction what you can do:

  • Take a Spoon or Screwdriver , and slowly remove soil near the stem.
  • Gently remove more soil until Take out plant with your hand. If it doesn’t get wet, keep digging soil until soil loses the root.
  • Prepare your Soil mix and Bigger container , Put your plant there.
  • Now Moist it and give it plenty of water for the first time , After days. reduce the watering and only give them water when required.
  • Place it in a corner or shade area where it only receives partial sunlight and no direct sun rays.
  • Always check soil before water if it’s dried or not. Don’t make your mother of thousands succulent stay on soggy soil.

Mother Of Thousands Pruning

These plants grow as tall as 3 feet and Pruning is the only way if you want to Control the growth. There is uncontrollable growth of baby offshoots and if not removed they will eventually become a plant and some that are dropped on ground will make a mess and increase your work for cleaning. Also we do prune to remove the dead foliage and any leaf that are diseased.

Here is the step by step instruction on how to prune Mother of thousands:

1 . Find Dried stem, leaves, overgrown long vine.

You need to find some of the stems that already lose their green stem color and become orange , some stems that are too long and curling can also be removed. Some Leaves that are dried , wilted or diseased can be removed.

2 . Use Pruning Shears For the Good Cutting.

You should have a pair of pruning shears so you can cut down every diseased , long ugly stem and leaves that are looking bad or overgrown.

3 . Multiple shoots/stems can be cut down.

If you find multiple stems in a single pot , and there’s no space left for the new root to come up , it’s time you prune some of the stems from baseline.

4 . After pruning, Clean the area.

Now it’s time you clean the whole area so it doesn’t look ugly.

5 . Water it so it can recover from pruning shock.

Keep it moist and place it in a partial warm area.

6 . Enjoy You can Successfully in Trimming overgrown Succulent.

This can be done every 9-10months when there is overgrowth. I prefer the plant to be short, that is why I prune them when I see overgrowth. Don’t Prune them in winters. You can do that just after winters.

Mother of Thousands Varieties

There are over 29+ Varieties of this succulent plant , each of them is very strong and very few pests attack them. Most of them discovered in African region and all belong to the same family which is the Crassulaceae, generally this species group is called by the name Bryophyllum. Here are the most popular once Listed below :

  • Bryophyllum gastonis-bonnieri (Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri)
  • Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi)
  • Bryophyllum pinnatum (Kalanchoe pinnata)
  • Bryophyllum delagoense (Kalanchoe delagoensis)
  • Bryophyllum х houghtonii (Kalanchoe х houghtonii)

Most Searched Questions:

Mother of Thousands dying

There are many reasons and the same as in every plant owner’s less care can reduce plant life to some months. The most common and talked reason why your mother of thousands dying because of overwatering, underwatering or may be excess heat or warm days dried them and absorbed the water retention and it makes them plant wilt & no care after this led to the plant die. Only Owner can save this plant with consistent and proper care.

Mother of Thousands Plant Turning Yellow

If your Mother of Thousands Plant leaves turn yellow at the same time curling also then it may happen when too much water is poured into them which makes the roots getting rot, In that case place them in an area where it gets 3 hours sun straight. 

If Water is too much , the check pot has hole in it which shouldn’t be blocked by sand, else it’s a draining issue which causes water to stay on the soil. Make sure not to put them in full sun as this may cause the plant to limp.

Remember this plant can  recover with time , and it’s hard for plants to die , It has a higher success rate of survival. Don’t Use fertilizer also if it’s happening, Over Fertilizer can easily kill any plant.

Mother of Thousands Plant Flower

The flower blooms on this plant is not a popular thing as all creditably and fame goes to the baby plantlets and they gets all the attention being on the attractive foliage. Flowers are meaningless when there is no use and don’t have any eye-catching attractiveness

on them, they do look fabulous but if they don’t blossom how can someone see them.

Mother of Thousands Plant Benefits

Mother of thousands gets benefits from its leaves to help them whenever there’s a shortage of water , They generally store most of the water that you can feel when you touch them, it’s cold. When there is Dry Climate or No rain for several days,

then leaves retained water can be used to make it moist. It can survive for months with that.


Lotusmagus and many people have found this plant to be amazing as this is widely popular among cultivator because of its easy to grow aspect which is likable by every generation, very much recoverable plant, There are lots of baby plants it produce that that makes more than 30-60+ plants that is why it amaze us.

Also Read :

Honeysuckle Problems – Pests, Diseases, No Flowers, Woody?

String of Nickels Care Guide – Soil, Fertilizer, Propagation(Step by Step)

String of Pearls Plant – Care, Benefits, Propagation, Pruning(Full Guide)

How to Graft Moon Cactus – Step By Step Guide

Amelia Clark

I have over 10 years experience in gardening and here I try to answer every question about plants and how you as a beginner gardener can able to solve various problems. Also If you would like to check our Designed Plant T-Shirts. Please do so.

Recent Posts