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Piggyback plant, Tolmiea menziesiiPiggyback plantletPiggyback plant (Tolmiea menziesii) - to 15 inches, Also known as piggy back plant, A fun, unusual plant. It has medium- to dark-green, hairy leaves that are roughly heart shaped with deeply-lobed edges. The leaves are also deeply veined, giving them a quilted appearance. The leaves are two to three inches across and are borne on four-inch-long leaf stems. What is so unusual about this plant is that each leaf bears a live, young plant. This method of reproduction is called viviparous, meaning bearing live young. The small plantlet appears to sit atop the leaf, but it is actually borne in the axil where the leaf meets the short leaf stem. The little plantlet is an exact replica of the mature plant, but in miniature. The plantlets are bright green that matures to deep green. In addition to bearing plantlets atop its leaves, piggyback plant also produces plantlets along runners, similar to the way a strawberry plant grows. At maturity, piggyback plant can spread 12 to 15 inches around and be nearly a foot tall. A wonderful addition to the house plant collection. Also a great groundcover for a shady spot in the garden. Easy to grow. A live plant in a 3" pot - $10 each or 3 for $28.50 - You save $1.50!


Also available in a six-inch hanging pot - $20 each or 3 for $57.00 - You save $3.00!



Good plant companions to Piggyback plant:

Coral Berry (Ardisia crenata)
Coral Berry

Variegated Piggyback Plant
Variegated Piggyback Plant

Geranium 'Vancouver Centennial', Pelargonium 'Vancouver Centennial'
Geranium 'Vancouver Centennial'

Supplies to use with Piggyback plant:

Electra Plant Food

Electra Bloom Food

 Neem oil

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