Mother of Thousands
Other common names: Mother-of-Millions, Bryophyllum
Mother of Thousands is a succulent shrub that can grow up to 1m tall but is usually kept as a groundcover less than 30cm tall. It has fleshy green leaves with a silvery grey sheen with a reddish tinge on the leaf margin. Small plantlets with roots develop along the leaf margins.
An incredibly hardy perennial shrub, this plant is suitable for container planting and green roofs, often covering the whole surface as the plantlets drop off from the mother plant’s leaves. Its ability to be planted in shallow media makes it a versatile plant for a variety of gardens and containers. This is an excellent plant for beginners to try!
Sun and soil needs:
Mother of Thousands thrives in a wide variety of light conditions, from at least two hours of direct sunlight to a minimum of 4 hours of indirect sunlight. Plants do best in pots with sandy soil at least 5cm deep, or in true ground. This plant is also highly tolerant of loamy and clayey soils.
Mother of Thousands does not require regular fertilising. Remove excess plantlets that have dropped to prevent overcrowding and improve air circulation.
Common problems & solutions:
Mother of Thousands are largely resistant to most pests.
This plant is susceptible to root rot if grown in waterlogged soil. To prevent rot, grow the plant in sandy soil with plenty of inorganic soil amendments. Plants can also be bottom watered once a week or less to keep the soil airy.