Bryophyllum pinnatum

Mr. Sital Sarkar has shared his experience and this picture from his Home Garden.


Bryophyllum pinnatum 
is also known by many names such as epiphyte, Cathedral bells, Life plant, Miracle plant, and Goethe plant. Bryophyllum is considered to be a succulent plant. Bryophyllum is native to Madagascar. Bryophyllum has become a popular house plant and has been naturalized in Tropical and Sub-Tropical areas. Bryophyllum has a trait that is common with some other members of its genus. It is distinctive for the plantlets that form on the margins of its phylloclade. Many people also currently call this plant Kalanchoe pinata.

It is also commonly called as “Donkey ears”.

Bryophyllum pinnatum is locally referred to as Manahidak ( “Mana” means leaf and “hidak” mean medicine)

Growing and maintenance tips of Bryophyllum pinnatum:-

1. You may purchase it from any nursery or online delivery store.

2. You may grow it easily from leaves. To grow this plant you simply place a leaf on top of the moist soil and in just a few days you will see the roots appearing, with full-grown plants in a few weeks.

3. Once the Bryophyllum plant is fully grown, new plants fall into moist soil. Now it will start growing as new plants.

4. Now new seedlings are potted in terra cotta pots with drainage holes in the bottom.

5. Use potting mix like 60% loamy soil + 20% coco peat + 20% sand or any well drain potting mix.

6. Place your plants in a bright location with plenty of direct sunlight.

7. Kalanchoe plants require a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of sunlight daily.

8. Water after the soil dries a depth about 2 to 3 inches during spring and summer months with room temperature water.

9. Bryophyllum does not like hard water, so use filter water instead.

10. Reduce watering during winter months. Just water to keep the soil moist.

bryophyllum flowering plant
Bryophyllum Flowers

11. Add water to the potting mix and not the leaves to get wet.

12. Kalanchoe plants do not like soggy conditions.

13. Bryophyllum plants can tolerate extreme heat but not frost.

14. Bring your Bryophyllum plants indoors before the first frost or if the temperature drops below 5 degrees centigrade.

15. Bryophyllum do not tolerate frost, but can be grown in pots indoors without any problem. Just avoid cold drafts. Place the pot in the sun behind a window facing south or west or in a well light facing area.

16. During growth and flowering watering every week is usually sufficient.

17. In winter you can irrigate at an interval of more than 7 days.

18. For proper growth use ½ teaspoon bone meal every two months. It is required to change the soil of your Bryophyllum plant pot in every two years. Just replace top layers of soil.

19. Wash leaves with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to control infection. Remove brown leaves.

20. Remove aphids by hand. If the plant becomes infected with powdery mildew; potassium bicarbonate can be used to control it.

Bryophyllum leaves
Bryophyllum in Mr. Sital Sarkar’s Home Garden


1. In traditional medicine, the juice of the leaves is also used for Kidney stones.

2. The crushed leaves are mixed with coconut oil and are used for curing headaches.

3. Juice of the leaf is given in a dose of 10-15ml to control bleeding in cases of piles and blood mixed diarrhea.

4. The paste of the leaves of Bryophyllum pinnatum is used for external application in the treatment of insect bites and burns.

5. It is a herb used for the treatment of wounds, ulcers and to control bleeding.

6. Tea infused with the dry leaves act as a diuretic and helps reduce high blood pressure.

7. It can be used to treat health problems such as hypertension, bronchial troubles, cough and cold, arthritis, and some worms.

8. Bryophillin –c a compound isolated from Bryophyllun pinnatum shows insecticidal properties.

9. Fresh leaves can also be eaten raw as a medicinal remedy for asthma, bronchitis, and intestinal problems.


1. All parts of the plants are poisonous and can be fatal to pets if ingested.

2. Patients under Aspirin medication should avoid taking the decoction or fresh juice of Bryophyllum pinnatum. It may interact or reduce the potency of Aspirin.

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