The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Tolmiea

Family: Saxifragaceae.

Tolmiea menziesi Common name(s): Piggyback plant
Tolmiea Genus of one species of fast-spreading, herbaceous perennial from coniferous woodland in W. North America. Tolmiea (Piggyback plant) forms plantlets on the leaves if given medium light intensity and a soil high in organic matter. Keep the soil evenly moist and fertilize regularly. Temperatures should be between 40 and 65 F. The plant tolerates low light intensity. Tolmiea menziesii is the most popular - it is easy to grow in poor conditions. The long leaf stalks give the plant a trailing appearance.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 40 F in winter. Brightly lit spot. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is necessary. Peg down plantlets in compost - cut leaf when rooted. Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn.

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