Mother of Millions
Desert Adapted - Southwest Madagascar
Sun; Filtered Shade; Shade
Winter - Spring
You likely will not need to prune a chandelier plant, but if it’s growing too tall or has gotten leggy from not enough light, you may wish to trim it. Simply snip the plant above a set of leaves. This will encourage the plant to create a bushier appearance and stimulate branch development.
Kalanchoe Delagoensis is a type of succulent with clustered, dangling bright orange flowers set against green-gray foliage, often seen with brownish-red spots. Grows best in hot, arid conditions. Prefers to grow in rocky and dry soils. Choose a planting location that receives morning sunshine but adequate protection from the harsh afternoon sun.
One of many kalanchoes known as Mother of Millions because of the ease of propagation. The plantlets fall off to root themselves, seeds drop and the branches lay down and root. Another common name is Chandelier plant. You can see where it gets that name by looking at the clusters of bright orange-red flowers that resemble the dangling crystals of a chandelier. These flowers appear in the late winter to early spring. It is a striking display!
Can survive periods of drought.
Likes temperatures 50 degrees.
It is important to note that Kalanchoe Delagoensis is toxic to people and pets.
Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information
The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others!
Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.
Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.