In addition to being a certified herbalist and aromatherapy consultant, Gina finds the unrelenting allure of gardening very strong.
Leaf of Life: An Herbal Remedy For All Different Types of Ailments
Leaf of Life is widely used as an herbal remedy for all different types of ailment, especially bronchial conditions.
Common names include:
- Air Plant
- Cathedral Bells
- Miracle Leaf
- Life Plant
- Leaf of Life
- Live Forever
- Goethe plant
This plant can be found in:
- the Caribbean
- the United States of America
- and more
I personally use it as alternative remedy for any type of respiratory condition and always receive great results.
Although I have experimented with drying them recently, I noticed that the leaves do not wither very quickly. They can be picked and stored for days without getting withered.
Leaf of Life is Very Easy to Grow.
I've written extensively on the Leaf of Life plant (Bryophyllum Pinnarum). It has numerous health benefits, but I won't go into all those here. I encourage you to read about those in this Leaf of Life hub.
Leaf of Life is very easy to grow. in all soil types … once there is moisture. I’ve even found some growing on rocks. it grows all over my yard in Florida, and propagates itself frequently, from just a leaf dropping on the soil. Once you have this plant, it is very difficult to get rid of it, but why would you want to with all the health benefits of the Leaf of Life.
To grow this plant, all you simply have to do is place one of the leaf of life leaves on top of moist soil and in just a few days you will start to see roots appear, with full grown plants in a few weeks.
Once the plant is fully grown, and a leaf of this plant falls unto moist soil it starts growing new plants.
Leaf of Life plants are:
- very fast growing
- drought tolerant
- can thrive in almost any weather conditions
Live Forever Plant
Leaf of Life is also called the ‘Live Forever plant’ since each of it leaves can produce new plants from the indention on the leaf’s edges. So, if there are 20 indentations, the plant has the potential to produce 20 new plants.
More likely, it will produce about 8-10, as I have seen with results.
Here are the steps to propagating new Leaf of Life plants from one Leaf of Life leaf:
- Get a Leaf of Life leaf.
- Drop it onto some soil.
- Water it in well.
After a few days you will see roots, and then new plants will start to shoot upwards.
These can be grown in pots, also. Do not mulch these plants, as you want to be able to get more plants when the leaves drop later on.
Drop a Leaf of Life onto soil.
Water well, so the leaves have some moisture to get started.
5 Days later
Leaf of Life plants (Bryophyllum pinnatum) thrive in well draining, sandy soil.
The plants establish well in leaf litter or other debris on shallow soils.
Some recommend to space the plants about 6–10 inches apart to make room for the leaves to display their plantlets, but I prefer to have them grow as naturally as possible.
Sometimes I do dig them up and transplant in another area, if that spot is getting cluttered with plants. They transplant easily.
To promote new plants, do not mulch the ground around Bryophyllum pinnatum. The plantlets which loosen from the plant will grow much better if allowed to fall directly onto soil rather than onto mulch.
10 Days Later
One Leaf Will Give Multiple Plants.
One of the Leaf of Life Plants in my Garden
Leaf of Life Plantlets Transplant Well.
Plantlets growing at the base of the plants may be
- dug up at any time,
- replanted in 2-3 inch pots of standard potting mixture or local soil
- treated as mature plants.
Or plantlets may be picked from the leaves and shallowly planted in standard potting mixture or local soil.
Leaf of Life Plants Transplant Well.
© 2017 Gina Welds
Hayley Dodwell on January 09, 2019:
Very interesting! Thank you!
Susan SJ on October 06, 2017:
This is quite informative. I hope I can get one soon. Thank you for the hub. :)
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 06, 2017:
This sounds like a miracle plant. Also looked at your Leaf of Life hub. Thanks for this valuable information.
Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on October 05, 2017:
That's really cool, Gina. Now I'm going to want to get one. I'll have to look at one of our stores that sells plants like that. I love seeing new little plants grow, especially from a leaf like that. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings to you. I pinned it.
RoadMonkey on October 05, 2017:
I have seen the plant grown as a house plant but I don't have one, though I might think of getting one now. I have never heard of it usex as medicine.