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Youth on Age, Piggyback Plant
Scientific Name: Tolmiea menziesii Torr. & Gray
Synonym:
Family: Saxifragaceae
Youth on Age, Piggyback Plant (Tolmiea  menziesii) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 5-9,12-24
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Keep between 40 and 65 F (4 to 18 C)

Heat Tolerance: Indoor plant in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Bright shade

Origin: Western USA, Canada

Growth Habits: Perennial, 20 inches tall (50 cm), 16 inches spread (40 cm)

Watering Needs: Keep the soil evenly moist and fertilize regularly. Likes humidity and good drainage.

Propagation: Plantlets, leaf cuttings


Piggyback plant forms plantlets on the leaves. The hairy leaves can create minor skin irritations for sensitive persons. The genus Tolmiea is named after Dr. William Fraser Tolmie, 1830-1886, Scottish physician and botanist.

Cultural Practices:
Use a soil rich in organic matter, fertilize monthly with a regular indoor fertilizer. Pinch older leaves and stems to keep compact. The Piggyback Plant likes high humidity, insufficient humidity leads to brown leaf margins.

Check regularly for spider mites and aphids.

Blooming Habits:
The Piggyback Plant has brownish purple flowers in erect clusters, without ornamental value, in summer.

Fruiting Habits:


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