Kalanchoe delagoensis, commonly known as Chandelier Plant or Mother of Millions (and is often confused with Mother of Thousands, Kalanchoe daigremontiana), is an upright succulent with creeping tendrils bunching together on a single stem. This offers an unusual effect in the container or even in a portion of the sunny garden. Chandelier Plant is hardy in drought-stricken, desert areas where thriving plant life may be limited. This Kalanchoe species can exist on limited seasonal rainfall, storing water for existence due to succulent capabilities.
It is easy to grow the Chandelier Plant. So easy, you have to learn to control its spread as a part of caring. Growing this plant can be worth all this trouble when you learn how to keep it under control, especially when the orange blooms appear.
Growing Conditions and General Care
For those with more hospitable conditions, learning how to grow Kalanchoe and keep it within bounds may include growing it in a large container or even as a houseplant. While drought and heat resistant, the plant is also adaptable to moist growing conditions and will often recover from a mild winter freeze.
Chandelier Plant care often includes removing small plants that have jumped from the container into the ground or another pot. This happens because Chandelier Plant forms small plantlets at the ends of the leaves. When these are dislodged, they immediately take root and begin growing in any available soil. Removing them from unwanted areas is an integral part of caring for Chandelier Plants.
Propagating Chandelier Plant is simple. In the event you don't have more new starts than you need, new plants can be easily started from almost any part of the mother plant.
When not properly kept under control, this plant can quickly become invasive in southern parts of the United States and more southern areas, taking an area that should be left for native plants. The responsible gardener will practice appropriate Chandelier Plant care when choosing to grow this specimen. Container growing is often the safest and easiest way to grow this plant.
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