Mother-of-millions (often called mother-of-thousands or Alligator plant) is a succulent plant native to Madagascar that is very easy to care for as a house plant.
Mother-of-millions is also one of the easiest houseplants to propagate, as it has the ability to propagate via vegetative propagation. This means that new plants grow from the “mother” plant without the use of seeds or spores. Asexual reproduction at it’s finest.
Mother-of-millions plants grow tall with jagged leaves, the ends of which sprout “babies,” new plants that can be removed and planted individually to create a new “mother” plant. These “babies” often have multiple leaves and roots by the time they are disconnected or drop, and they will root just about anywhere. In the nothern hemisphere Mother-of-millions can only survive as a houseplant, as it would be killed by frost. But in more temperate climates Mother-of-millions is a very invasive species. Even growing these guys in your home it’s easy to see how quickly they multiply.
Here is a tray of babies that I am nursing into adulthood. Once they get a little bigger I’ll transplant them. For now I have them under a grow light, as my window space is limited. Soon I’ll probably just stick them outside for the summer.
Mother-of-millions enjoys bright light. In your house, the brighter the better. Mother-of-millions will thrive in a bright south-facing window. They like to dry out, but should not be left to mummify. Succulents do store water in their fleshy leaves, but they do not have the water storage capabilities of cacti. I also recommend fertilizing monthly during the growing season with a well-balanced fertilizer.
Also, please note that ALL PARTS of Mother-of-millions plants are toxic to humans and animals, so this may not be the best plant for someone with small children or hungry, curious pets. Make sure to keep Mother-of-millions out of reach of your little ones, and remember that the “babies” will drop off of the mother plant from time to time, so you should inspect the area around your Mother-of-millions regularly for escapees.
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