How to Care for Devils Backbone Plant
Hi. I am having problems with my devils backbone plant. It is in the home in a pot, and I have struggled with the plant since I have had it. The leaves have sort of brownish red colored spots on the leaves (like in the middle and towards the tips) and some white matter on the spots. What can I do for the plant.
Devils Backbone Plant
Here are some care tips that I hope will help you.
Flowering: A Devil’s Backbone (Pedilanthus tithymaloides) rarely flowers indoors.
Light: This succulent plant likes very bright light but avoid direct intense afternoon sun during the spring and summer.
Water: Water a Devil’s Backbone Plant moderately and consistently throughout the year, allow the soil to dry out a little more during the Fall and Winter. Leaves fall off of a Devil’s Backbone if the soil gets too dry and the plant gets root rot if the soil stays too wet.
Temperature: A Devil’s Backbone Plant likes warm temperatures and does not do well in temperatures below 55 degrees.
: Feed once a month when it is actively growing in the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer
Pot Size: These plants like to be root-bound in small pots.
Soil: Devil’s Backbone Plants are very tolerant of even poor soil but it’s best to use a sand based soil that drains well.
Diseases: It sounds like the plant has powdery mildew
, which looks like a white powder covering the lesions on the leaves, stems and flowers. To prevent powdery mildew
keep the soil slightly moist soil, watering in the early morning to allow the soil to dry out before experiencing cooler night temperatures. Avoid crowding the plants, so there is good air circulation around them. Once infected, immediately remove any diseased foliage to prevent spread of the fungus. Spray the plant with my “ green solution
,” a non toxic, inexpensive spray you can make in 5 minutes. You can read how to make it in the Glossary of the website.
Toxicity: The latex based sap of a Devil’s Backbone Plant is caustic so always wear gloves when pruning the plant.