For Mother’s Day this year, I located and found a Mother of Thousands plant for my daughter. In fact, we found two of them and they are of different shapes or types. One of them has the pointy leaves and I am identifying that one as the Kalanchoe daigremontiana. This one is called Alligator plant (for obvious reasons.) another name listed for it is the Bryophyllum daigremontianum. The other plant has more round shaped leaves or pointed leaves and that one seems to be labeled with the same name. Are there two different names for these?
I found one source that provided the name Kalanchoe delagoensis x daigremontiana for the Pink Butterfly type of this plant. So perhaps the more rounded leaf plant is just the Kalanchoe daigremontiana. Maybe you can help with some more information for me. These babies are aging into a bright pink color just as its name suggests.
We also have a version of the plant that is given the same name (not a Pink Butterflies, though) and it is shaped differently and has viable babies growing on its leaves. This is what that version looks like here. I think I favor the shorter and wider leaves of this type. But that is just me!
For myself, I prefer the look of the more rounded leaf. It just looks more pleasing to the eye for me. The other one is so tall, lanky and skinny looking. Perhaps it should have been pinched at an earlier stage to make it prettier, but at this point, it is about 15 inches tall. But it is about to get chopped and see if it will sprout some new branches or leaves to make it seem less top-heavy.
As you can see, I have snipped the plant into three sections and have let it set for several days to callous over so that it can be planted. I am not sure if I want to plant it in a large round pot as we did the other type. Since we don’t really need to worry about the plantlets growing, I could put it in a more closed pot. But then I would worry about the babies falling on the floor and perhaps the dog might eat them? These are poisonous containing bufadienolides, which are considered cardiac glycoside toxins. So those plantlets are not something you want an exploring animal to eat…or even a baby or toddler who puts everything into his mouth.
Replanting Both Types of Mother of Thousands
So now I have the Large Leaf type plant re-potted in a nice wide pot so that its babies can drop and root. How many babies will we end up with? Who knows, but I suspect quite a lot. As for the other Narrow Leaf Pink Butterfly type, I have beheaded it and made three sections to plant. These are currently drying or callousing so that I can put them into a good container.
Since the Pink Butterfly won’t produce offspring, I don’t think I need a wide planter. But if it is to get tall, I want something large enough to balance that height. I will need to update you on that. Maybe one of my hypertufa bowls would work? I will look over the selection and see. Or maybe I need to make her a special bowl just as she needs.
I will update you when that happens. Thanks for reading and be sure to watch the video!
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