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 succulent 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 succulent 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 light