Pilea depressa 'Mother of Thousands'


Mother of Thousands is a type of succulent plant that is native to Madagascar. It is a perennial plant that belongs to the Crassulaceae family, which also includes other popular succulent plants like the jade plant and the echeveria.

The Mother of Thousands plant is characterized by its unique reproduction method. It produces tiny plantlets on the edges of its leaves, which eventually fall off and grow into new plants. These plantlets are called "baby plantlets" or "chickens" and can be seen hanging from the plant's leaves. The Mother of Thousands plantlets will continue to grow and reproduce, forming dense clusters of small plants.

The Mother of Thousands plant has a rosette-like growth habit with thick, fleshy leaves that can grow up to 30 cm long. The leaves are grayish-green in color and have tiny notches on the edges where the plantlets grow. When the plant is about to produce flowers, it sends up a tall stalk with small, bell-shaped pink flowers that bloom in the late winter or early spring.

Mother of Thousands plant is easy to care for and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It prefers well-draining soil and bright, indirect sunlight. It is drought-tolerant and can survive for long periods without water, making it a perfect plant for busy or forgetful gardeners.

Overall, the Mother of Thousands is an interesting and unique succulent plant that is easy to care for and propagate. Its ability to produce tiny plantlets on its leaves makes it a popular choice among succulent enthusiasts.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name:¬†Pilea depressa
  • Common Name: Mother of Thousands,¬†Baby Tear,¬†Corsican Creeper,¬†Paddy‚Äôs wig
  • Native Range:¬†The Caribbean

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level:¬†Easy
  • Light:¬†Partial Sun
  • Water:¬†Maintain damp soil for best plant health, but avoid overwatering as root rot can occur, the foliage enjoys being misted
  • Humidity: 50-70%¬†
  • Temperature: 60-75F
  • Pruning: Trim damaged vines with sanitized pruners and pick undesirable leaves off individually.¬†
  • Feeding: 1/2 strength fertilizer weekly during spring and summer
  • Growth:¬†Vining
  • Propagation: Stem Cuttings
  • Pests: Very Few
  • Toxicity:¬†Non-Toxic to humans and animals, but caution should be taken as some mammals may have sensitivity.¬†

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