Question About Mother Of Millions

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How to care for it after it flowers. Cut back, etc?


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Marcelle-You are fortunate to have a Mother of Millions plant (Kalancho daigremotiana) bloom. I have never had one bloom as they need a perfect environment as I have learned. With a well draining soil or planting mix and the right amount of direct sunlight they should bloom in time. The few I have grown most likely received too much water and shade. They do not like a lot of water and should only be watered when the top couple of inches of soil is dry. They like plenty of sunlight but too much hot afternoon direct sunlight can burn the leaves. Morning with afternoon shade is best. At this time you can cut and remove the spent flowers with its long stem but most likely the plant will die in time. The Mother of Millions is a monocarpic plant. These are plants that flower, set seeds and then the mother plant dies. This is normally not a problem as they reproduce quickly. The small plantlets that develop on the leaf margins will drop to the ground and root to produce new plants. You can also remove these plantlets and place them on top of the soil or planting mix. They do not need to be planted in the planting medium just pressed lightly into it. The plantlets will root quickly to grow into a mature new plant that can replace the plant that has died after blooming.

Please ask if you have any other questions.

John)


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Marcelle Foster

Marcelle Foster · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
That's a shame because it was very rewarding to see the transformation. I took a piece from a bed of it in a parking lot. I had no idea what I was in for. I had not known about the babies or I would've kept some. I had one grow and I gave to a friend. The babies were probably destroyed by a wild pig my husband has.

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Beautiful flower. Broken leaf parts or older leaves that lay on the ground will root also. You may want to cut off some of the older mature leaves and see if they won't root for you. Let me know how you make out.

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