Kalanchoe delagoensis Eckl. & Zeyh.
Chandelier Plant, Mother of Thousands
Kalanchoe tubiflora, Kalanchoe verticillata, Bryophyllum tubiflorum, Bryophyllum verticillatum, Bryophyllum delagoense, Geaya purpurea
Kalanchoe delagoensis, also known as Bryophyllum delagoense, is a succulent plant that reproduces asexually by producing small plantlets at each leaf's ends. The stem is erect, up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall, and often with short sterile shoots at the base. Leaves are simple, sub-cylindrical, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long, up to 0.2 inches (0.6 cm) wide, often spotted with reddish-brown. The margins near the apex have 3 to 9 conical teeth between which spoon-shaped bulbils are produced. Flowers are orange to scarlet, trumpet-shaped, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long. They dangle in clusters at the top of the stem.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
It is easy to grow the Chandelier Plant. 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.
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 most 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Chandelier Plant (Kalanchoe delagoensis).
Kalanchoe delagoensis is native to Madagascar.
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It’s safe to say that Chandelier Plant is one of the easiest succulents you can grow as it pretty much takes care of itself, and it is easily adaptable to various growing conditions. For these reasons, it is actually really hard to kill this succulent.
Thanks to its unique appearance, it is an excellent houseplant and a fantastic addition to your garden. It can be the focal point of any environment you grow it into.
Are you growing Kalanchoe Delagoensis? Share your experience in the comments below!
It is easy to grow the Kalanchoe chandelier plant — so easy, in fact, you have to learn to control its spread as a part of caring for chandelier plants. Growing Kalanchoe delagoensis can be worth all this trouble when you learn how to keep it under control, especially when the orange blooms appear.
Kalanchoe delagoensis, also known as Kalanchoe chandelier 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. Kalanchoe chandelier 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.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it is fair to say that you will not find an easier plant to grow than these. They practically take care of themselves and propagate easily on their own. Still, it is possible to kill these plants mostly from too much love than neglect. Here are some guidelines to help you get started with these plants:
Are They Indoor or Outdoor Plants?
Kalanchoe Delagoensis ‘Chandelier Plant’ can be grown both indoors and outdoors. The three most important things for these plants are: a well draining potting mix, adequate sunlight and enough but not too much water. From my experience with these plants, they do really well outside exposed to the natural elements so if you must bring them indoors for the winter, give them some outdoor time during the warmer months and they would surely benefit from it.
USDA Hardiness Zones: Zone 10a-11b
Indoor Lighting Requirements
Place in a bright location indoors, anywhere where there is plenty of light. Try an east facing window. A south and west facing window may also work. Prepare to move the plant around a few times to find the best spot. If the plant starts to suffer from lack of light, move to a brighter location. You would know by how the plant is growing. If it starts stretching out, that means the plant is not getting enough light. This process is called etiolation. The plant is literally seeking more light. This produces weak and stunted growth.
To keep them really happy, they need approximately 4-6 hours of bright light per day. If your indoor space does not receive adequate lighting no matter where you move the plant, consider using a grow light. Grow lights can help supplement your plants’ lighting requirements especially during those long, dark winters. Here are some of my grow light recommendations.
To read more about this topic on indoor lighting for succulents, check out my post on “Proper Lighting for Succulents Indoors” to get some helpful tips.
Outdoor Sunlight Requirements
Light Shade to Full Sun. Kalanchoe Delagoensis ‘Chandelier Plant’ do best in areas that receive plenty of bright, partial sunlight. They can also tolerate full sun but needs to be acclimated to full sun in the beginning to prevent sunburn. Their color turns a darker shade of grayish-purple with dark spots when exposed to more sun. You will also notice increased spotting on the leaves when exposed to more sun.
Before moving the plant outdoors or increasing the amount of sunlight it receives, it is better to acclimate the plant by gradually increasing the amount of sunlight it receives until it is fully acclimated to the more intense sun. Keep in mind that even when the plant is already acclimated to full sun, it can still get sunburned during a heatwave or intense heat. The leaves will thin out and dry up under intense heat.
Sunshades are a real lifesaver for my plants during the intense summer heat here in Northern California where the temperatures can rise above 100℉ or 37.8℃. Here are some of my recommendations for sunshades and sun protection.
For further details and information on outdoor sunlight requirements, please visit my post “How Much Sunlight Do Succulents Need Outdoors?” to get some useful tidbits.
Kalanchoe Delagoensis ‘Chandelier Plant’ can tolerate mild frost and slightly freezing temperatures but only for short periods of time. If you live in USDA hardiness zones 10-11, you can get away with leaving the plant outdoors all year long. I have kept mine outdoors all year long, and they survive the freezing rain and frost we experience in winter time mainly because of all the bright sun we receive during the day. But there are days when I need to protect my plants from the sudden drops in temperature.
For those people living in areas with extreme winter conditions, the best way to grow these plants is in containers. That way you can bring them indoors during winter or when there is forecast of frost or snow. In case you can’t bring your plants in, there are ways to protect them from frost and freezing temperatures outdoors. You can use frost cloths or mini greenhouses to help them survive the cold winter. Here are some of my recommendations for frost protection.
For further tips on this topic, check out my post on “Optimal Temperatures For Succulents to Survive and Thrive”.
Kalanchoe Delagoensis ‘Chandelier Plant’ are hardy plants that are known to grow anywhere and survive harsh conditions. I’ve even heard of stories of these plants growing through concrete. But to ensure success, Kalanchoe Delagoensis ‘Chandelier Plant’ needs a well draining soil. The right type of soil goes hand in hand with proper watering. I like to use a simple, tried and tested mixture that has worked well for all my succulent plants. I use cactus potting mix combined with perlite for added drainage. I eyeball it to about 2:1 solution of cactus mix and perlite. You can also consider making a sandy soil, which adds more drainage to the mix. This can be achieved by mixing cactus mix or potting soil with coarse sand (about 2:1 ratio). Or you can use a combination of the three materials mentioned: Cactus mix, perlite, coarse sand (1:1:1).
I get most of my materials from a local hardware store. You can also purchase them online. Here are my soil recommendations. To read more about soil for succulents, click on “Best Soil and Fertilizer for Succulents” to get more useful information.
Watering largely depends on the climate you live in. Although these plants are highly adaptable, they thrive when given just enough but not too much water. There really isn’t a set schedule or formula on when to water succulents. My watering schedule is dictated by the very dry climate I live in.
In the summer months, I water my Kalanchoe Delagoensis ‘Chandelier Plant’ as often as every 7-10 days. I cut back on watering to about every 10-14 days when the weather cools down during spring and fall seasons. During the winter season, I rely mostly on rainwater and hold back on watering altogether because this is when we get a lot of rain in my area. But if we don’t get any rain at all during winter then I water at least once a month or every 2-3 weeks, depending on how dry the soil gets.
For those people in humid locations, you won’t need to water as much. And if you keep your plants indoors, you may not have to water as much especially if they are not receiving a lot of light. Too much water and not enough light is a recipe for disaster for these plants.
One good way to tell whether it’s time to water is to check the moisture of the soil. The top inch of the soil needs to feel dry before you can water again. If you are unsure how much and how often to water in the beginning, it’s always better to underwater and increase watering as needed. Pay attention to how your plant looks and you can adjust watering accordingly.
For further help with watering techniques, consider using tools like hygrometers or moisture meters to check for moisture in the soil and air. These tools are pretty affordable and can come in handy especially if you are unsure of when to water your plant next. I have narrowed down the choices here on my resource page. Do visit the page if you need help in gauging your watering needs.
Interested in finding out more about watering succulents? Visit my post “How And When To Water Succulents” where I go into more details about this topic.