Plant Care Mother of Thousands

Mother of Thousands

4.5 out of 5 (70 experiences)

Mother of Thousands has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Mother of Thousands has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Mother of Thousands

Mother of Thousands is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and easy to propagate with a whopping 1935 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Mother of Thousands likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

⚠️ Mother of Thousands is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Kalanchoe daigremontiana
Kalanchoe
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

Mother of Thousands, Alligator Plant and Kalanchoe daigremontianum

How to care for Mother of Thousands

Water

How often to water your Mother of Thousands

Water needs for Mother of Thousands
0.5 cups
every 12

Mother of Thousands needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Mother of Thousands

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Mother of Thousands in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mother of Thousands: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Mother of Thousands love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Mother of Thousands does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Mother of Thousands in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Mother of Thousands

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Mother of Thousands: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Mother of Thousands after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Mother of Thousands is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for Mother of Thousands

Mother of Thousands

Mother of Thousands


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Mother of Thousands has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 42
Mother of Thousands has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 39
Mother of Thousands has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 33
Mother of Thousands has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 11
Mother of Thousands has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
Mother of Thousands has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Mother of Thousands has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Isa-luna05 avatar
@Isa-luna05
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 66 XP
02/06/2022

It never dies, no matter how much i neglect it or leave it in the sunlight and it just keeps growing and growing! i grew mine from a propagation given to me by a friend and new sprouts keep springing up in the soil. it’s a great plant, and my cats are generally not interested in eating it, which is good!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Actionzack avatar
@Actionzack
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,400 XP
globe Denver, CO
12/29/2021

It’s easy to care for, there have been many time while learning how to care for plants that my plant has looked pretty sad and on the brink of dying and has come back strong again.
My little plant ~4” tall produces 50+ little seedlings so it propagates incredibly easily, hence the nickname “mother of thousands”.
Lastly, I found out it’s very poisonous if ingested after having it for over a year so be careful with kids and pets. I read that it can be lethal even if ingested by adults so be careful with all of the seedlings falling off.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Dandelión avatar
@Dandelión
leaf-1 67 Plants
xp 2,499 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
12/08/2021

I got these three beauties from a seller who sells out of her van. It looked a little thirsty, and it was. The day after I watered it, the leaves perked up and a month and a half later, it’s grown a bit. Easy to care for and is just so dang CUTE!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Michaela avatar
@Michaela
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 871 XP
globe Joplin, MO
11/03/2021

I have given this plant the least amount of care and it’s thriving little babies for me!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jeff avatar
@Jeff
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 102 XP
09/22/2021

I got him at a fair

Survivor Survivor
Greg2005 avatar
@Greg2005
leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 6,979 XP
globe Gaithersburg, MD
09/08/2021

Survivor

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Lindsey avatar
@Lindsey
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 351 XP
globe Gainesville, FL
09/08/2021

They just grow super fast with zero care. Super friendly to people who worries about killing plants lol

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Arthur avatar
@Arthur
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 149 XP
globe Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
09/04/2021

Snoozed Ulysses S plant

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Nathan avatar
@Nathan
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 539 XP
globe Florence, AL
09/02/2021

I was on a trip in Arkansas back in March working with a foster care camp in the mountains. While doing yard work I came across bushels of this plant locals called “Live Forevers.” They we’re being torn out and discarded, apparently more of a nuisance for flowerbeds, but I liked the way they looked and brought two propagates back with me as a way to reflect on working with those in foster care. I was surprised they survived close to five days of traveling before I was able to get them properly potted.

They have grown slowly for me, but nevertheless new growth is happening almost every week now! If you are looking for a unique, low-maintenance survivor, I recommend!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Mccall avatar
@Mccall
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,981 XP
globe Salt Lake City, UT
08/28/2021

It’s a cool plant. All the babies, all the day. Low maintenance for sure.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Kathia99 avatar
@Kathia99
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 1,369 XP
globe D'Iberville, MS
08/16/2021

Super easy plant to care for. Hardly needs any attention. Just some bright indirect sunlight and good occasional watering and you’ll have a beautiful plant with plenty of little babies

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Owenwist avatar
@Owenwist
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 684 XP
globe Deposit, NY
08/11/2021

Super fast grower, easy to take care of!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kit avatar
@Kit
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 287 XP
07/27/2021

Make sure you have somewhere to bring the children…there are many

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Paige avatar
@Paige
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 49 XP
globe Chesterton, IN
07/23/2021

Invasive in many areas so use only as a house plant or in an area with a harsh winter.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Bananaplant avatar
@Bananaplant
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 108 XP
07/19/2021

-This plant never stops dropping babies.
-Gets huge in a matter of time.
-Survives anything you put it through
-Throw it outside and just add water here and there and it flourishes

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Romalonee avatar
@Romalonee
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 105 XP
07/16/2021

Super easy to propogate as the babies just grow the leaves! But mine's just a very slow grower. Had her for about 4 months and she looks the same.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kristalee avatar
@Kristalee
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 1,789 XP
07/08/2021

It will literally have a thousand babies, so be prepared!

Fast grower Fast grower
Silvia avatar
@Silvia
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,724 XP
globe Albuquerque, NM
07/01/2021

It’s a cute plant and a bit odd too. Not sure of it’s really a devils backbone though. It’s easy to take care of and is resiliant.

Survivor Survivor
Ellisinsight avatar
@Ellisinsight
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 767 XP
globe Camden, NC
07/01/2021

Can be very invasive! To stop new plants from popping up, pluck the little plantlets off. Doesn’t hurt the growth, they grow back in about a week.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Dippy avatar
@Dippy
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 1,976 XP
globe Telford, England
06/21/2021

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