Top Questions About Devil’s Backbone Plants

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Questions About Devil’s Backbone Plants

Asked by
quadratic on
April 11, 2013

Q. Plant Seems to Be Dying

My devil’s backbone plant was nice and green but suddenly its leaves are drying and falling off. What could be wrong?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
April 11, 2013
A.

Pedilanthus, like most thin leaved succulents, shed their leaves when stressed. This is the plants way of protecting itself. It is usually noticed after the plant is allowed to be too dry for too long. If this is the case, give it a 4-6 hour soak and keep it watered a little more often.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 4, 2015

Q. Devil’s Backbone

I have what I believe is called Devil’s Backbone. I wanted it to be used a hedge, but after it bloomed. its tall red bell-shaped flowers died to nothing. It’s growing all over again. Does this happen every year? I want it to stay with its green leaves all year long. Thanks for your help.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 5, 2015
Certified Expert
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Depending on the particular species, these plants can be either evergreen or deciduous. Additionally, they are normally grown as houseplants unless you live in a tropical or semi-tropical location - or within USDA zones 9-11. The region in which it's grown outdoors could have an effect on its overall growing behavior too, so as far as it growing as an evergreen hedge year round, they type you have may not be suitable. The variegated type, Pedilanthus tithymaloides'Variegatus', might be a better choice for this.

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Asked by
Tama on
April 26, 2016
Wetumpka Alabama 36092

Q. Devil’s backbone

Can I place my potted devil’s backbone outside in a shaded area?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 27, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

You can place the plant outdoors but do not expose it to temperatures 50 degrees or colder.
A bright but indirect sun location is best.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/devils-backbone/devils-backbone-plant.htm

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Asked by
Makayla77 on
May 30, 2016
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Q. Devils backbone plant

I am new to the devils backbone. I’ve watered it once and the tips of the plant are turning white. Did I over water?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 31, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Do you have a Variegated Leafed Devil's Backbone?

The white on the leaves may just be the natural coloration of the leaves.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/devils-backbone/devils-backbone-plant.htm

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Asked by
pegcorcoran12 on
July 23, 2016
72715

Q. Devil’s backbone

Is the plant poisonous to cats?

Thanks.
Peg

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 25, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

The ASPCA lists Devil's Backbone poisonous to cats and dogs.

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Asked by
Doris.melton5606 on
October 10, 2016
72205

Q. Devil’s backbone

Why are the leaves wilting? It’s not from lack of watering. It was looking great and then wilting leaves.

Answered by
Alisma on
October 11, 2016
Certified Expert
Asked by
Andiegirl75 on
July 10, 2017
34953

Q. Devil’s backbone plant

I’ve had my plant for over 2 years now and it’s been steadily growing. I water it once in week and keep in a window where it gets sunlight during the day. However, in the last week or so all the little leaves on the stems have fallen off. Is this normal? Will they grow back? Or is it dead? Thank you!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 12, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

Leaf drop may be a sign of issues; watering issues, too much or too little sun or even a cool draft.
This link will refresh you on the care requirements.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/devils-backbone/devils-backbone-plant.htm

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