Plant care for Brighamis insignis: Cabbage on a Stick

Dear Judy!
I would like to get some help in connection with my indoor plant. I got a Brighamia Insignis plant 1 month ago. I put it next to my window. The first 2-3 weeks were bad, because lots of leaves got yellow. Now the problem is that only a few leaves are left, and these leaves are getting smaller… I water it once a week.
What is the problem?

Thank you in advance.

I looking forward to hearing from you.

Daniel Garai.

Hi Daniel,

Brighamia insignis is one of the most unusual Hawaiian Plants. It has succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." stems that are generally stout and unbranched. It’s nickname is Cabbage on a Stick. I’ve included a picture of what it looks like when it flowers.


White flowers on Brighamia insignis

Brighamia insignis
Cabbage on a Stick

Here are some care instructions for your Brighamia insignis:

Water: Allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering. Over-watering causes root rot. The succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." stems store water so the plants need to be watered less and not misted. Usually the leaves get smaller when the plant needs more water.

Soil: Use a soil that drains quickly

Remove lower yellow and brown leaves

There must be drip holes in the bottom of the pot so excess water can drain out.

Light: Very bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.