“Pink Butterflies” Kalanchoe Care Tips

I have two Mother of Thousands Kalanchoes. The green one has leaflets of the edges of the leaves and when they fall off in the soil new plants start to grow. When the one with pink leaflets drops the little leaves, nothing ever grows. What should I do to fix this.

Hi Tony,

Pinl leaflets along leaf edges of plant

Kalanchoe Pink Butterflies

Tiny leaflets cover edges of plant leaves on Kalanchoe Mother of Thousands

Kalanchoe Mother of Thousands

Kalanchoe “pink butterflies” is a hybrid and cannot propagate by dropping leaflets into the soil the same way a Kalanchoe “Mother of Thousands” does. The pink leaflets have no chlorophyll in them. There is nothing you can do that will help the “pink butterflies” variety propagate the way the solid green variety does.

Like all kalanchoe plants both the green and the pink varieties like 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. and even some direct sun in the winter and fall. Kalanchoes are easily over-watered which causes root-rot so allow the top 50% of the soil to dry-out before watering. You can read all my tips for kalanchoes in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a different variety, but the care is the same.


All parts of these plants, even the water they sit in, are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants