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Monkeys tail (Hildewintera colademononis) profile

Written by Maggie

Mar 29 2021

Monkeys tail (Hildewintera colademononis) profile

Monkey's tail (Hildewintera colademononis) is a long, pendulous succulent perennial plant of the genus Styla in the family Cactus. It has a peculiar plant type, and its slender white hair column is similar to the tail of a Monkey. It is an ideal pendulous pot plant.Keep your Monkey's Tail plants indoors. Put them on balconies, windowsills and other places to beautify your home.

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Monkey's tail

Monkey's tail morphological characteristics

The Monkey's tail is long. Monkey's tails are small overhanging columns that are nearly 2cm in diameter and can be up to 1.5m long. Standard Monkey's tail adult plants are covered with long white hairs over 4 to 5cm in length, resembling Monkey's tail, and Flower in summer and autumn. The flowers are 4 to 6cm long and 5cm in diameter, with red petals, deep red anthers, and light yellow stigma.

In the third year of the seedling, the main stem grows to an overhanging state of more than 20cm in length before it begins to grow long hair. Then the plant enters the mature stage and begins to flower in the summer of the same year. After entering the mature stage to ensure that the plant gets sufficient light, the long white hair can continue to grow on the thorn base, until the whole overhanging stem segment.

The Monkey's Tail ecological habit

Monkey's tail likes warm, wet and sunny environments. It can withstand shade and drought, but it is not cold. Monkey's tail is also afraid of water.As for breeding soil, it is best to use acid soil with good drainage and ventilation.

Monkey's tail propagation

Monkey's tail propagation includes seed seeding, grafting, and cuttings.

Sowing propagation because the seedling needs to go through more than 2~3 years of seedling period to grow a representative long hair, it takes a long time, generally in mass propagation to select the seed propagation .The grafted Monkey's tail can accelerate the maturity stage and promote the growth of long hair, but it may also cause the excessive growth of hard thorns. Moreover, the existence of grafted rootstocks affects the original standard vertical pot plant shape, so the grafted Monkey's tail can be used for commercial rapid reproduction. 

Cuttings are a good method of reproduction in a normal home environment. Monkey's tail adventitious roots are active, and you can often see adventitious roots growing from the stem of the adult plant near the potted soil. As long as you cut off the hairy stem segments from the mother plant during the growing season, dry the wound and place them on dry culture soil, adventitious roots can be seen growing out in about 10 days. When the grafted Monkey's tail grows to a certain extent, it can also breed more plants through the above cutting method.

How to grow and care for monkey's tail

1. Sandy soil

Monkey's tail is a subject with cactus, are a cactus, its tolerance to drought, high temperature resistant ability is strong, selection of the best and the sandy soil is the ideal soil, sandy soil is more breathable, more suitable for ecological environment of maintenance, can use a 1:1 nutritional soil with sand mixed use.

2. Lighting 

Cactus family of Monkey's tail is also like the sun, especially in the southern region of the mouse tail palm growth will be better, more vigorous, summer high temperature weather do not need to worry, as long as the maintenance environment is not closed, can be ventilated, how high the temperature is not afraid.

3. Water

Water Monkey's tail does not need too much, just the right amount of water more flowering, like a normal water half a month once a week, half a month is not also does not have the too big problems, will not affect the growth, but flowering water must not be broken, remember not to big tail water rat tail palm.

Monkey's tail

4. Fertilizer

In the spring of each year, a small amount of potassium dihydrogen phosphate fertilizer can be applied to the rat tail palm. The amount of fertilizer depends on the size of the pot and the number of trees to be maintained. Fertilizer can make the Monkey's tail grow more thick, so that they don't look very thin.

5. Repotting  

Repotting of the Soft Monkey Tail Cactus is best done once a year. This is because it grows vigorously and at a speedy rate. The re-potting is ideal after the growing and flowering season is complete. If the plant is fully matured, be sure to use a bigger pot with a new soil mix. The new soil mix must contain fertilizer and should be well aerated as new cuttings need a lot of nutrients to flourish.

The growing and taking care of the Monkey Tail cactus has never been more natural than this. This unique looking plant will most definitely give your front yard a sight to behold.

How to control pests on monkey's tail  

This type of Monkey's tail is particularly prone to pest infestation too. Spider mites, scales, and mealybugs are the common culprit pests. Most of these bugs are quite a nuisance but are quite easy to control. In the case of mealybugs, You spray your plant with a pressurized water hose to wash them off. A simple shower is guaranteed to spray the buggers away -- check out our article on How to Get Rid of Mealybugs for further advisement. Another simple way to wade the bugs away is to rub alcohol; isopropyl, with a soft cotton swab. And rinsing off the alcohol with water before returning the plant to its spot.

As insects are by far the most annoying pests when it comes to Monkey's tail. This is because one is unable to notice their presence until they have damaged the plant to standard. Their control isn't as easy as the mealybugs and does require a keen eye. So one is inclined to monitor the plant carefully, and if you notice brown patches, then your plant is infected by these buggers. Proper watering and constant fogging by pumping up the humidity will chase these pests away.

Scales, on the other hand, do require hands-on control measures. These pests usually clamp upon the leaves' surface and hide under an impervious shell. Meaning,Spray away from them won't be as effective as desired. Therefore,one is advised to physically rub alcohol on the affected leaves and remove the scales. One should also pay keen attention to catch the infestation before it is too late. In the case of the Monkey Tail Cactus, the use of a soft toothbrush dipped in alcohol will be of great effect. Because if you use a cotton swab, most of it will remain stuck on the spikes.

Monkey's tail