Five-Spine Rating -
Yes - small container size plant. This variety will occupy a small flower pot comfortably and remain a manageable sized house plant.
Yes - tolerates low light levels. This variety will do well as a houseplant in locations with short periods of direct sun and some indirect or filtered light.
Yes - does well with cool winter time temperatures. This variety will tolerate temperatures down below 50 °F. if the roots are kept dry, and will do very well in a home with energy saving thermostat setting.
Yes - easy care root system. This variety stores water in the parts of the plant which are above the soil leaving the root system small enough to fit into a proportionally sized flower pot.
Yes - flowers easily as a house plant. This variety is likely to flower as a house plant, but results will depend on a variety of growing conditions.
Potential living space locations include; East, West windows, but a South window or a three to four seasons room will work if the plant is partially shaded. This species will tolerate very cool days and cold nights, but will need the temperatures to remain above 35 °F. If this variety is to be set outdoors during the growing season it needs to be located mostly in filtered light, but will tolerate lots of rain.
These plants prefer to stay dry in the winter, and grow faster with more sun light.
These plants grow new leaves in the growing season and drop their leaves for their winter rest like deciduous trees.
Starting plants from seeds requires that the growing medium remains constantly wet and young seedlings will need water on a regular basis until the plants become adults. The best way to plant seeds is to start with a very wet growing medium, and using a stick create a small crater in the medium for each seed. The depth of the crater should be at least one and one half the length of the seeds. Place one seed in each crater in a vertical orientation having the seed rest against one side of the crater. Do not cover these seeds, but leave them open to the air while they rest against the side of their wet holes. If the seeds are covered they are more likely to rot than germinate, and the medium should always be wet by continuing to mist with water. After the seeds begin to grow the medium can be allowed to dry slightly, but young plants can not be allowed to remain dry for more than a few days.
These plants may grow a few feet high and make outgrowths of short stems at the base of the plant. The stems are usually less than a few inches wide, but when they make leaves they have a more bush like appearance.
Kenya and other areas in Eastern Africa
seed propagation origin
Plants and seeds are grown and propagated by windowsillcactus.com.
items included in purchase
Purchase price includes 5 Monadenium ritchiei seeds.
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