PLANTS are multicellular organisms in the kingdom PLANTAE that use photosynthesis to make their own food. They produce most of the world’s oxygen, and are important in the food chain, as many organisms eat plants or eat organisms which eat plants. A plant is also a living thing that grows in the ground, usually has leaves or flowers, and needs sun and water to survive.
KALANCHOE DAIGREMOTIANA (Bryophyllum dagremontianum) also called MOTHER OF THOUSANDS, Alligator Plant, or Mexican Hat is a slender monocarpic, perennials, glabrous, succulent herb. It is also known as VIVAPAROUS, or live bearing, and tiny plants are exact duplicates of the adult plant, much smaller.
This plant lives LONGER THAN ONE YEAR, you can supervise its vegetative or flowering period based on your desires. Flowering often occurs DURING WINTER, when daylight periods are short. Kalanchoe daigremontiana usually grows up to 25-40cm tall of up to 1cm thickness and closely marked by leaf scars. The leaves are triangular, glaucous bluish green and faint marked with brownish black spots. The bare stems with the upper whorl of leaves give plants the appearance of miniature palm trees. They also have HIGHLY VARIEGATED LEAVES available in different varieties.
There are several forms of this plant, with several variations. SOME of these differences are GENETIC, others are the result of differences in growing conditions. It can grow anywhere, IN ANY CONDITIONS, especially if it’s WARM AND HUMID. This is a plant that will most likely survive long after CIVILIZATION ENDS. These are generally in shades of pink and orange, arranged in a whorl of many down facing trumpets on a tall spindly stem. There is nothing in in the plant that would indicate that it could possibly have flowers like this, so it’s always a surprise.
Kalanchoe daigremontiana is HIGHLY TOXIC, It was shocking that it was all part of it. It contains the CARDIAC GLYCOSIDES DAIGREMONTIANA, which can even be fatal for SMALL CHILDREN AND PETS, so exercise extreme caution if you decide to grow this plant. So you need to take care of yourself as how you treat the plant carefully.
This plant needs a GOOD DRAINAGE and is BEST POTTED in a COMMERCIAL CACTUS SOIL MIX. If using STANDARD potting soil, sand can be added for sharper drainage. When learning how to grow Kalanchoe INDOORS, locate the plant in bright, but INDIRECT LIGHT FOR SEVERAL HOURS PER DAY. The best rule of thumb for watering a kalanchoe is to stick your finger in the soil every few days. When the top 2 inches of soil is dry (all the way dry, not just sort of dry), it’s time to water. Indoors, this will probably mean you’ll only need to water EVERY 2 OR 3 WEEKS, but be sure to check regularly.
Here are some additional reminders for an easy tips that you can also do in taking care of this plant:
porous soil with good drainage bright light with a mole airflow
water when soil is dry protect from winter frost
*PROTECT FROM EXTREME HEAT