Bryophyllum is a succulent plant native to Madagascar. It is a popular houseplant as it does not need much care. However, their distinctive feature is their leaves. The plants display vegetative propagation by forming miniature plantlets at the margin of the leaves. These plantlets fall off when mature and grow roots wherever they fall.
The plant virtually needs no care. It is a hassle-free plant which grows straight up. They are covered with big leaves.
They are commonly known as Air plant, Cathedral bells, miracle leaf, panfuti etc.
As stated earlier, these plants virtually need no care. Pruning should be done regularly to prevent the top of the plant from getting too heavy. Watering should be done be carefully so as to prevent rot.
These plants have no qualms about being kept under direct sunlight. They grow just as well in light as in shade. Ideally, the temperatures range between 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The plants need medium amounts of water. The soil does not need to be moist all the time and it should definitely not be allowed to get soggy. The leaves should not be allowed to get wet as they tend to rot.
During winter, watering should be reduced.
The soil should be sandy and well-drained. A cactus-mix can be used. You can also use a mixture of one-third part peat moss and two parts of loam and sand.
The plants should be planted in terracotta pots with drainage holes. The container should be a few sizes bigger than the pot itself.
Fertilizing should be done once every three months between March and September. A balanced liquid fertilizer which has been diluted by half should be used.
The plant should be repotted if it outgrows its container. It should be done in spring.
Bryophyllum is mainly used for ornamental purposes. It also has medicinal properties, It is known to heal wounds, infections, and bowel diseases.