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Maracamo
Jan 16, 2019 3:11 AM CST
Hello, I'm hoping someone can help my poor plant! I have what I understand to be a Mother of Thousands which I bought a few months ago. She sits in a lovely bright room, but not in direct sunlight (I'm in Scotland, we wont see sun for another 4 months haha!) she was sorta curly when I got her which was part of the attraction but I notice most pictures I see are of straighter leaves, is this normal? since I got her shes lost all her babies and the ends of the leaves are getting brown and crispy. I havent been over watering, i think (!), a small amount once every week. Perhaps she needs more water?
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DaisyI
Jan 16, 2019 5:59 PM CST
Welcome!

I don't think I've ever seen a Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe) with wavy leaves. It is a very cool plant! I would have taken it home too.

Does the pot have a drain hole? You shouldn't water until the soil is feels dry when you stick your finger into the pot and then, you should water until water seeps out the drain hole. If your pot doesn't have a drain hole, then be careful! Water the way you are now and plan to repot in the spring when the sun comes back.

Another way to tell when your plant needs water is by feeling the leaves. If they feel hard and look shiny, no water is necessary. If the leaves are soft and dull, water. Your plant looks like it is very happy.

It could be your plant didn't like being moving from the nursery to your house, especially if your house is hot and dry. As long as the new leaves are coming out without dry spots, I feel your plant will be fine it - it just has to acclimate to your house. There's nothing that can be done about the older, damaged leaves but as long as they are green, they are nourishing the plant.

The plantlets do fall off - that's how they end up planted everywhere but where you intended. More will grow next summer.
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Jan 17, 2019 1:39 PM CST

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I don't think this is a Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana)


Looks more like a Florist Kalanchoe, Florist Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 17, 2019 3:06 PM CST
I thought of that but I have never seen plantlets on the edges of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana.

This is a very interestingly weird plant.

Are there any Kalanchoe experts out there?
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Maracamo
Jan 18, 2019 8:56 AM CST
Thanks for your advice DaisyI it probably was the trauma of the journey home! I had to walk in the cold and she wasnt especially well wrapped, I wouldnt have made that connection myself. Thanks for the reassurance too, the new leaves do look healthy! I'll follow your advice on the watering and yes, there is a drain hole so i can worry less about the roots sitting in water

Calif_Sue i'm almost certain its a mother of thousands because there were wee babies hanging on the leaves when i first got her. Maybe i'm wrong, does Flaming Katie have this feature?
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WillC
Jan 18, 2019 9:07 AM CST
I agree with Sue's identification. I don't think the leaves would normally have that curving and certainly not the brown edges.

Kalanchoes are light-loving plants so yours is certainly suffering from not getting enough. Keep it right on your sunniest windowsill.

Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry before watering it thoroughly until a bit of water runs through the drain holes. Improve the light and watering and I think you will see it recover nicely. It may also flower for you if you keep it tightly potted.
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