Tolmiea (also called Piggyback Plant) is a native of the northwestern part of North America, including Canada and Alaska. It is a fast-growing, beautiful plant. Piggyback plants are easy to care for and have a mounding habit which makes them a great candidate for hanging baskets or ground covers in landscape applications. Tolmiea's leaves are green and fuzzy and can grow to two inches wide and four inches long. Its unique growing habit, producing "piggies" from mature leaves, makes it a plant that will set your garden center apart from the competition.
Due to the warm nature of our Zone 7 summers, we only offer Piggyback Plant from October through March. Since these plants can handle a 50 degree night temperature with ease, plant your baskets in the fall to have a monster product in the spring.
Your unrooted cuttings will arrive freshly cut. You will need to plant them immediately
and begin a misting cycle to root the cuttings. This will leech the soil of nutrients, so during the propagation phase use a constant feed of 1/3 the normal recommended dosage
of fertilizer until well rooted.
For best results with Tolmiea, we recommend using a low-but-constant feed program of 150-200 ppm N
. Maintain a pH between 5.8 - 6.2.
Piggyback plant does not require pinching.
Space pots as needed to allow air flow and penetration of light
HeightControlPlant growth regulators are not recommended
for Tolmiea Piggyback Plant.
are the biggest pest problems for Tolmiea.
Tolmiea Piggyback Plant is not prone to many diseases, but don't oversaturate the soil
. If the plant sits in moist soil for an extended amount of time, you could end up with root rot or botrytis
. Botrytis grey rot is usually associated with wet or humid conditions. You can prevent botrytis by allowing the plant to dry out between waterings, allowing for good airflow in your greenhouse, and spacing to allow the sun to penetrate to the soil level. The most common chemicals used to treat botrytis and root rot are Medallion and Banrot. Use them as a drench according to each label's instructions.
Planting Tolmiea Piggyback Plant Liners
- We recommend planting 4 starter plants per 10 inch basket. Use a well-drained soil in your baskets and plant your starter plants deep, allowing the ellepot to be completely covered by the soil. If you are planting 4" pots, 1 plant per pot should be sufficient. Plant it directly in the middle of your pot.
- Pinching is not recommended for Tolmiea.
Cuttings vary in size between different plant families, but most can be described as tip cuttings (ivy are leaf-and-eye stem cuttings not tips) that stick nicely
in small plug trays such as the 105-plug tray we use (some varieties are better suited for a 50 cell tray, i.e. Angelwing Begonia, Bougainvillea, Setcrecea, etc.). Please do not order unrooted cuttings unless you are an experienced propagator with mist systems and proper temperature control.
Tolmiea Piggyback Plant Quick Reference Guide
|4" crop time||11 Weeks|
|10" crop time||12-14 weeks|
|Perennial Zone||Zones 6-9|