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Old July 13th, 2008, 01:02 PM
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Pregnancy Plant??

Has anyone heard of a "Pregnancy Plant"? I received a plant as a gift and was told this is what it is. However, I have found no information on the web about it. Can anyone help me? Thanking you in advance!
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Old July 13th, 2008, 02:12 PM
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Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

With a little more research I have discovered this plant is a Maternity Plant... I can see the confusion (?)

How do I care for it? It is such a cool plant I want to treat it right. Any info on this plant is greatly appreciated!
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Old July 13th, 2008, 02:25 PM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

Err i know of a Pregnant Onion, Ornithogalum.
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Old July 13th, 2008, 07:02 PM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

I think that you are referring to Kalanchoe...so moving this to the indoor plant forum.
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Old July 13th, 2008, 07:52 PM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

There is a plant called Kalanchoe digremontiana "Maternity Plant".
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Old July 14th, 2008, 01:45 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

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There is a plant called Kalanchoe digremontiana "Maternity Plant".
Ah yes also known as Mother of Thousands,used to have one. Now named Bryophyllum diagremontianum

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Old July 14th, 2008, 06:14 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

Thank you for the info. What is the proper care for this plant? It is very unusual and I'd like to keep it healthy.
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Old July 14th, 2008, 06:19 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

Well,its a succulent so dead easy. Mind would live happily on benign neglect. Lots of sun,occasional water. You might get flowers to later,now they're impressive!
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Old July 14th, 2008, 06:30 PM
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Thank you GreenLarry!! I can forget to water with the best of 'em!

So little water - neglect if I can... got it! What about sun?
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Old July 14th, 2008, 10:23 PM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

Dear god this plant lives up to it's other name "Devil's Backbone". It was always a pest to me, even indoors. I know that lots of people love them and I have to admit that I kind of do too until it starts to spread into the soil of my other plants. It can live just about anywhere. Even if you try to kill this one I wouldn't count it down and out lol :). It's fun but after a few years..... hahah.

Don't let me put you off! Enjoy!

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Old July 15th, 2008, 01:38 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

Yes they do spread everywhere! They produce tiny plants on each leaf which drop off and root. A nightmare in the greenhouse! And yes,plenty of sun for this one.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 02:50 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

Common names have very little meaning.

A wide vatiety of plants that are proliferous or produce adventitious plantlets have been called "maternity" or "pregnant" plants by someone or another.

To which one do you allude?
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Old July 15th, 2008, 04:19 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

Thank you everyone for your info on this plant... altho mixed... I am keeping it!
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Old July 15th, 2008, 05:17 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

Spellcheck for web searches: Kalanchoe daigremontiana, syn. Bryophyllum daigremontianum.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 05:51 AM
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Spellcheck for web searches: Kalanchoe daigremontiana, syn. Bryophyllum daigremontianum.
Yea unless I'm mistaken all the Kalanchoes which produce little plantlets are now under Bryophyllum.

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Old July 15th, 2008, 09:15 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

Depends on which botanist you follow, some accept the genus split, others don't.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 10:28 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

I was given one of these by my mother in law (does she love me or hate me??) I have had the thing for about 3 years, and I have not been able to kill it (Remarkable!!).
We moved in to a new house and left the plant (by mistake, I swear!) it was there for about 3 months, before I went to get it and bring it to the new house... Never watered... It was a little wilted, and had sprouted some roots that were reaching for the sky, but was alive!!

I have never had it flower though.... Maybe too much neglect??

I actually just split up the little seedling plants into pots of their own... And gave most of them away....

This one is kind of like that Amish friendship bread... Sometimes doesn't turn out just right, but you get MULTIPLE chances to try again!!!
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Old July 16th, 2008, 09:02 AM
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

That's definitely Bryophyllum daigremontianum (formerly Kalanchoe daigremontiana).

Give it plenty of light and water only once a week. Don't pamper it.

What separates Bryophyllum from Kalanchoe is primarily differences in the flowers. Most but not all Bryophyllum species are viviparous (producing plantlets on the leaves or on the flower stems) and only one or two species remaining in Kalanchoe are viviparous.

Raymond Hamet lumped Bryophyllum with Kalanchoe back in 1912 and the decision has been controversial ever since. DNA studies have been no help. The result are equivocal with the two being sibling groups.
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

hi i have 3 lovely healthy pregnant plants that i recieved from my Japanese daughter inlaw, they didnt take much looking after apart from constant repotting a lot of watering & plenty of all round light & of course a warm enviroment. i would put a picture on here but dont have a digital camera @ the moment. but i havnt seen one through the winter yet so still have plenty to learn.
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Re: Maternity Plant! Not Pregnancy Plant!

oh forgot to say i took off the plant the 100s of plantlets that it produced
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