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Devils backbone profile

Written by Maggie

Feb 03 2021

Devils backbone profile

Devil's Backbone, scientific name Bryophyllum daigremontiana, leaves are thick and juicy, and its edges grow neat and beautiful adventitious buds. Devil's Backbone looks like a group of small butterflies, which fly to the ground and take root immediately to breed their offspring. It is quite interesting. Devil's Backbone likes warm and humid and sunny environments, not cold, drought resistance. It is advisable to loose and well-drained acid soil. The temperature in winter is not lower than 8℃.

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Devil's Backbone

Characteristics of devil's backbone

The Devil's Backbone (Bryophyllum daigremontiana) is a perennial fleshy herb, 40-150 cm high;Stem branched.Pinnate compound leaves, 10-30 cm long, leaflets oblong to elliptic, 6-8 cm long, 3-5 cm wide, apex blunt, edge with round teeth, the bottom of the round teeth easy to bud, bud is grown into a new plant on the ground; Petiole of Devil's Backbone is 2-4 cm long.Panicles terminal, 10-40 cm long; Flowers are pendulous, calyx cylindrical, 2-4 cm long;Corolla tall discate, 5 cm long, base slightly enlarged, upward tubular, lobes 4, ovate-lanceolate, stamens 8 of pale red or purplish red, with corolla base, filaments long scales sub oblong carpels 4.

Devil's backbone growth habit

Devil's Backbone (Bryophyllum daigremontiana) likes light and water, especially in the summer to reduce the number of watering to prevent root rot.

Devil's Backbone likes full sunshine, warm and humid environment, more tolerant, very cold resistance, suitable for growing in well drained acid soil. The Devil's Backbone is resistant to drought. prefer fertile sandy loam with good drainage. The optimum temperature for growth is 13 ~ 19℃, and the temperature in winter is 7 ~ 10℃.

Devil's backbone propagation methods

Devil's Backbone (Bryophyllum daigremontiana) commonly used cutting propagation, adventitious bud and sowing propagation. Cuttage, with late spring to summer best, will be a robust leaf flat on the sand bed, with sand close, maintaining humidity. One week after insertion, plantlets could grow out from the tines of the leaf margin.When fully grown, cut and transfer to the basin. Cut the top branches of Devil's Backbone to 8-10 cm long. Insert them into a sand bed after a little dry. Root in 1 week. Propagation of Devil's Backbone is more convenient. The larger adventitious buds growing on the leaf edge can be directly put into the pot. Sowing, small seeds, not covered with soil after sowing, about 12-15 days after germination, germination rate is high.

Devil's Backbone

Devil's backbone growing methods

Potted available rot leaf soil and coarse sand each half of the mixed soil. When growing Devil's Backbone (Bryophyllum daigremontiana), water a little more, keep the pot soil moist, but not water. When the temperature drops in autumn and winter, watering should be reduced. Winter flowering, strictly controlled watering, but don't forget to water. Fertilizer Devil's Backbone once a month during the growing period. When the stem and leaf grow too high, should pick the heart to depress the plant shape, promote its more branches. Every spring to renew the pot, maintain a beautiful plant state of Devil's Backbone.

Devil's backbone Plant Diseases and insect pests

There are mainly gray mold, powdery mildew harm, available 70% methyl tobutien wettable powder 1000 times the liquid spray. Insect pest of Devil's Backbone (Bryophyllum daigremontiana) has scale insect and Aphid harm, with 40% diego emulsion 1000 times liquid spray kill.

Devil's backbone application

Devil's Backbone (Bryophyllum daigremontiana) is the most common kind of Succulent plant.Its leaves are thick and juicy, and its edges grow neat and beautiful adventitious buds. Devil's Backbone looks like a group of small butterflies, which fly to the ground and immediately take root to breed their offspring. It is quite interesting. Be used to potting, it is the good material of the afforestation of windowsill afforestation, adornment study and guest room also provide refined taste.

Devil's Backbone