Mother of Millions

mother of millions


Madagascar native Kalanchoe genus includes some of the most beloved varieties of succulents. They are characterized by vibrant green, fleshy leaves and colorful, pendular flowers that bloom consistently. Most members of the Kalanchoe family typically share similar traits, making it difficult to differentiate between them. 

The most popular species are K. blossfeldianaK. manginiiK. porphyrocalyx, and K. beharensis, but when it comes to the most sought-after succulent in the family, Kalanchoe Delagoensis is the undisputed superstar. 

Kalanchoe Delagoensis, also known as Mother of Millions, although wildly popular, is often confused with another species of the Kalanchoe genus – Mother of Thousands. 

So, it’s easy to confuse the two because of their apparent similarities. Since their scientific names are also similar sounding, a lot of people do not even know that they are two different species. Even in adverse conditions, both plants spread rapidly – a trait responsible for their names, Mother of Millions and Mother of Thousands.

To clear the air of all confusion and disinformation, here is a succinct guide to differentiating between the Mother of Millions and the Mother of Thousands.

Blossoms of Kalanchoe delagoensis
Blossoms of Kalanchoe delagoensis (synonym K. tubiflora); greenhouse in Hockenheim, Germany – By Das Nili – Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 2.5, Wikimedia

Mother of Millions versus Mother or Thousands



Since they are technically cousins, both Kalanchoe children thrive in similar conditions. Natives of tropical Africa are comfortable in bright light but ideally shouldn’t be placed in direct sunlight. They prefer adequately moist but loose, well-draining soil. Owners usually prefer homemade potting material rather than a commercial cactus potting mix for this reason. 

Both succulents prefer a similar watering schedule: infrequent but intensive watering, depending on the weather conditions. In addition, both are extremely easy to care for, hence are popular with gardening beginners.


Because of their prolific multiplying capacity, both plants are easily found nearly everywhere. From pavements to home gardens, they grow effortlessly. They can survive harsh climatic conditions, be it wet, frosty, or arid. The succulents start photosynthesizing and developing roots even before they detach from their Mother. So, when they hit the ground, they are already baby plants.

Both plants produce colorful orange and yellow flowers but not very often. This is because the succulents have evolved to prefer propagation through bus rather than seed. After all, the former is more efficient. This is to say, even their seeds survive years after they have sprouted.

Because of this, they have gained the reputation of being weeds. Due to their tendency to effortlessly propagate, they overtake other plants in the surroundings.


Both Mother’s siblings are noxious and poisonous, which means it is essential to keep them contained to your garden or balcony. Both Kalanchoes have bufadienolide cardiac clycosides, which causes cardiac arrest. Not only the milky sap within their stem is toxic, but also their flowers and hybrid variations can prove to be fatal.

Mother of Millions has been associated with mass cattle death in Australia. Not only cattle, even if domestic pets like cats, dogs, and birds ingest it, they can also be at the risk of gastrointestinal irritation or worse. If an event like this occurs, remember to call your veterinarian immediately. For this reason, it is advisable to grow succulents outdoors. Growing and caring for these plants is an easy job but, containing them is the real challenge.



The biggest difference between both plants is the shape of their leaves.

Mother of Thousands has wide, teardrop-shaped leaves. These leaves usually grow in pairs, with each leaf growing on the opposite side of the stem. They display an alternate growth pattern to ensure they receive maximum direct sunlight. The edges of these broad leaves are filled with ridges. These tiny ridges grow into baby plantlets or buds and help with propagation. There are two situations wherein a Mother of Thousands plant will show signs of propagation: either when it is fully healthy or when it is on the verge of dying.

On the contrary, Mother of Millions, also known as Devil’s Backbone and Chandelier Plant, have considerably narrow leaves. Instead of alternating and growing in pairs, they grow from the same node on the stem. Plantlets grow on the tip of leaves. Instead of a full complement of babies, each leaf only has 2-4 plantlets.

Mother of thousands
Mother of Thousands – Photo from Amazon


Another difference between both plants is that they display distinct growth patterns.

With several stalks growing upwards out of the same plant, the Mother of Millions forms bushy, patchy structures. On the other hand, the Mother of Thousands has a central stalk that grows vertically towards the sun. This single stalk is often weighed down by its leaves, but it keeps growing nevertheless.

Because of their tendency to grow in the most demanding climate conditions easily, they are confused with weeds. Their rapidly growing nature is a nuisance to their surroundings. Although genetically, they might not be what we call ‘weeds’ in daily life, they behave a lot like them.

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Kalanchoe Diffirentiation

The rapidly multiplying Kalanchoe subgenera grow relentlessly in harsh environments with minimal care. They are quite a nuisance to many, but their unique design makes them popular within succulent-loving circles. 

Mother of Millions is undoubtedly the most beloved species in the family, and it doesn’t come as a surprise – who wouldn’t love a cluster full of bright flowers on their balcony? Because the Mother of Millions shares commonalities with another Kalanchoe sibling, Mother of Thousands, it is a little difficult to separate the two. However, with this succinct guide to differentiating between the two, you will be well on your way to bringing the right Mother’s plant to your home. 

Kalanchoe Tubiflora

kalanchoe tubiflora

Plants and Benefit of Taking Care of Them

Maybe a plant is all we need? Plants can reduce stress level, boost a person’s mood, make us more creative and productive, cleans the air around us, and produces oxygen. All these benefits, of course, have support in how pleasant in the eyes plants are. We surround ourselves with these breath-taking magnificent gifts of nature.

Isn’t it the perfect time to gather our pot and shovel and start digging? In this chaotic time, having a hobby helps us all to survive. Aside from painting, writing, cooking, singing, etc., many of us have turned into an instant plant-parent.

Admit it or not, we are projecting our survival mechanism by taking good care of plants. It helps us to be more responsible, ensuring that it gets enough sunlight, watering, and checking once in a while if it was blooming in our given environment. In this article, we will discuss a specific type of succulent that might be perfect for you.


It is no secret that succulent plants are one of the most common and loved types of plants. Succulents don’t require much attention and maintenance than other plants, but it also doesn’t mean that they can be left alone on their own. A mixture of enough tenderness, love, and care is always a key in taking good care of our plants.

Kalanchoe Tubiflora: General Information

Kalanchoe tubiflora is a succulent plant from the Crassulaceae family. It is also known as the mother of millions or the chandelier plant because of its appearance.

Kalanchoe tubiflora has a lot of buds. These buds are self-propagating plantlets that are growing on the edges of each leaf. The buds develop on their own. The plant-parent may transfer these buds into a propagating bed and allow them to grow some roots. Once the roots appear, you can plant them directly into the soil, and now you have a new mother plant.

Kalanchoe Tubiflora’s scientific name is Bryophyllum delagoensis. It is derived from the Greek words Bryophyllum meaning “sprout”, and phyllon, meaning “leaf”. It originated from Asia, Madagascar, and Africa.

kalanchoe tubiflora
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Growth, Appearance and  Blooming

Kalanchoe tubiflora can grow approximately up to 30 to 40 inches or 3 feet, with a spread of 25 inches. Leaves can grow up to 5 inches and mostly cylindrical in shape but usually not identical. Its flowers are clustered and usually orange to reddish during winter. However, don’t let the plant deceive you by how lovely it looks. Kalanchoe tubiflora is considered a poisonous plant.

For some countries like Australia, it is a pest as they are poisonous to calves. Since it has a toxicity level, it is also popular in getting rid of insects. Therefore, some individuals keep it in their area to get rid of mosquitos. Despite the precaution it requires, Kalanchoe Tubiflora is a blooming ornamental plant. Its unique appearance makes it an eye-catching ornamental plant.

By Yercaud-elango – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia

Kalanchoe Tubiflora Care Tips

Soil and Watering

The secret to a long-lasting Kalanchoe Tubiflora is proper draining. One must ensure that the soil used is composed to properly reduce water retention. When watering the plant, don’t let the soil be wet for an extended period of time. For summer or a regular day, it is okay to water the plant at least once a week. During winter, change the watering schedule to every two weeks.

Light Requerments

In terms of light requirement, Kalanchoe tubiflora was said to thrive even in a shaded environment. If it’s indoors, make sure also to rotate the plant once in a while so you get the sunlight exposure to the whole plant. Kalanchoe tubiflora definitely grows quicker when placed in an area with enough sunlight. When placed outdoor, check your Kalanchoe tubiflora once in a while if it’s acquiring dark spots. This is to be alert for possible sunburn as a result of too much sun exposure.


It is also advisable to use terracotta pot for your Kalanchoe tubiflora. It is because terracotta pots prevent root rot, which is a common struggle for Kalanchoe tubiflora, especially when it is over-watered. The terracotta pot allows moisture to escape, ensuring that there is no stuck water inside and providing good quality soil for your Kalanchoe tubiflora.


For propagation, it was mentioned a while ago that Kalanchoe tubiflora could reproduce through budding. You’ll just have to wait for a miniature/ bud to appear and then separate it from its mother and transfer it to a growing pan.


Kalanchoe tubiflora normally blooms during the winter and can last up to 6 months. The ultimate temperature to make it bloom is at 60 Fahrenheit. You can stimulate the flowering by lessening the sunlight requirement and water intake of the plant. After flowering, it is normal for the plant to be dried up and might eventually die.

All in all, Kalanchoe tubiflora is a low-maintenance plant. It will mostly thrive outdoor but if you take good care of the plant it can grow as an indoor plant as well.

Potential Health Benefits

Exploring the potent health benefits of Kalanchoe tubiflora started in Southern Brazil. It serves as a medicinal plant. There was a study that links Kalanchoe tubiflora extract to inhibits cell proliferation by affecting the mitotic apparatus. The extract is mixed with other essential ingredients, and through observation and deliberate formulation, it might create an anticancer agent. If proven true, Kalanchoe tubiflora’s extract was said to reduce the viability of different cancer cells.

This development just shows how important it is for us to nurture our natural resources. Mother earth continually supports us to maintain healthy lives. A lot of medical breakthroughs still depend on natural resources or extracts, and without these ingredients that mother earth supplies for us, we won’t be able to progress. That proves that Kalanchoe tubiflora wasn’t just an ornamental plant that is pretty to look at, but it also can have greater medicinal potential.

We hope that through this article, you were able to learn more about Kalanchoe tubiflora and might consider it as your next plant. Let’s put into perspective knowing more and exploring different plant species and make our gardening more adventurous!