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    That might have something to do with it... haha.

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    Mother of Thousands is this a Kalanchoe you are talking about? Has long thinner triangular leaves that are a molted green and brownish color, grows little plantlets alnog the edges of the leaves, and flowers in Winter?

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    Edax,

    I have tried just about everything to kill these (the only advantage to having thousands is that you have a lot to experiment with LOL). Uprooting and burning works but just burning leaves the roots. I have frozen them (left outside through the winter in CO), dried them, submerged them, chopped them up and everything in between and something always survives. I even poured bleach over one and had survivors!! BEst control I have found is to just take the pot and dump it in the trash can. The garbage man will take it away and I don't care if it takes over the land fills LOL.

    Est, while you have a point it only extends to that single pot. And I currently have it in only 4 pots but I have had as many as 30. So unless they communicate like Triffids or are psychically linked and all know to hate me then I can not explain why I have never seen a flower.

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    Sounds like an accurate description. Except the part about flowering (for me at any rate)
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    I haven't gotten a flower either but if you look up pictures of them... they have them. Scary isnt it?

    But yes that is the plant I am talking about. It is green/brown specked and has tiny plantlets grow from the leaf tips and edges. When they are young they are basically succulents but the leaves flatten out after a few years. I have seen two different genus names for them but I am honestly not sure what kind mine is : /

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    Okay, J.P. it is.
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    I always knew them as Kalanchoes. They are much different from the colorful flowering ones sold in department store garden centers. There are 2 different species that are common here in central Florida. One has thin leaves that remind me of a barbie pin. The other has larger more triangular leaves that become flatter and wider on older plants. Both produce a huge flush of red flowers that hang down starting in late December. They keep blooming well into March and later some times. At least here they do. The flowers die and there appears to be a "seed pod". However, I have never found any seed in them, ever. But the 1000's of plantlets that are produced more than make up for any lack of seed.

    I've always wondered if a powerful rooting aid could be extracted from them. The plantlets grow roots almost immediately after being separated from their parents. If you cut up the stem of large plants, each little section will root quickly. No matter how violently you rip them out of the ground, they'll grow new roots if planted or even just left on the ground some where. So they must have something in them that causes this hyper rooting ability.

    If you just sqeezed out their juice and dipped cuttings of other plants into it, it might promote rooting. You think?

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    Good thought. Many famous discoveries have been made by just such observations. Might want to try soaking 1/2 of a package of seeds in their juice and treating the rest of seeds the normal way. Would be interesting to learn if the seeds in the juice sprouted faster.

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    It might be worth a try... Do you think the cells in from which the new plants originate could be akin to stem cells? Probably not but there has to be something good that can come from them...

    cphog, this might be a good thing to try. Almost like using willow-water for propagating things *finds he even gets roots on drosera leaf cuttings* It would be a worth while experiment!

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