Monilaria Obconica (Bunny Succulent) Grow & Care Guide

Written by Maggie

Oct 19 2021

Monilaria Obconica (Bunny Succulent) Grow & Care Guide

Monilaria Obconica is one of the top 3 cutest succulents. Monilaria Obconica looks like a bunny ear at the growth stage, so it is also called bunny succulent or bunny ear succulent. It's very lovely, and when it grows for a long time it produces very beautiful pink flowers. Monilaria Obconica is a succulent plant that is beautiful at all stages. Monilaria Obconica is a succulent plant originally born in South Africa, which has been introduced to cultivation around the world. The following are Monilaria Obconica care tips and propagation methods.

Monilaria Obconica

Monilaria Obconica Temperature

Monilaria obconica grows at a temperature of 15-25 degrees Celsius, not less than 5 degrees in winter. When the temperature exceeds 35 degrees Celsius, the whole plant will slowly wither and go into hibernation. Monilaria Obconica is suitable for growing at 20℃. Therefore, when we grow and care for monilaria Obconica, it is necessary to control the temperature for breeding in summer and winter. The temperature should not be lowered below 5℃ in winter, otherwise, frostbite will occur in Monilaria Obconica. The maximum temperature in summer must not be over 20℃, otherwise, the leaves of monilaria obconica will droop.

Monilaria Obconica Lighting

Nourishing is the key when we grow and care for Monilaria Obconica. Monilia Obconica is dependent on lighting during its growth and is normally placed in an astigmatic environment. The illumination time may maintain between 6 ~ 8 hours. When entering the summer after May, we carry on the shading processing suitably. In winter, it can be moved to an astigmatism environment, adequate absorption of light plants can also be safe in winter.

Monilaria Obconica Watering

Monilaria Obconica has plenty of water in its own plant, but it also has good drought tolerance, requiring little watering. Monilaria Obconica needs to be watered more during the growing stage. When the soil is half dry, it can be permeated, which makes the leaves of Monilaria Obconica fuller and more tender. Basically, water Monilaria Obconica once 5-7 days. Monilaria Obconica needs less watering in summer when it is dormant. We can spray some water on the top of the pot every two weeks or so, or spray some water around it every three or five days to cool it down and make Monilaria Obconica better in the summer. Water less in winter, especially if the temperature drops to freezing point, or Monilaria Obconica will definitely get frostbite.

Monilaria Obconica

 Monilaria Obconica Fertilizer

Monilaria Obconica does not need to be fertilized at the seedling stage. When we grow and care for Monilaria Obconica in the vigorous growth season, apply a thin fertilizer application principle, topdressing nitrogen every 20 days or so. The green state of Monilaria obconica leaves can be maintained. If the temperature is above 30℃ in summer and below 10℃ in winter, it is necessary to stop fertilization.

Monilaria Obconica Soil Care

Prepare a deeper pot for Monilaria Obconica because Monilaria Obconica has deep roots, unlike other succulents. The pot must have drainage holes. we can choose more fertile peat soil as potted soil, which is very suitable for succulents. Coarse vermiculite and river sand will make the soil more porous and have good drainage effect, so that the roots of Monilaria Obconica will be more open. Deeper roots will naturally absorb more nutrients, which can promote Monilaria Obconica growth. Monilaria Obconica should be planted in pots with some base fertilizer, and it should be applied regularly to keep the soil fertile for a long time. Monilaria Obconica grows slowly when the basin soil is too poor.

Monilaria Obconica Care Tips in 4 Seasons

Summer dormant, temperature above 30 degrees, plants into hibernation. Dormancy is when the beautiful leaves turn yellow and wither, leaving only the dry stem. Don't think of the plant as dead. The dormant period does not need watering, placed in the shading rate of 60-80% of the ventilated place.

Growing Monilaria Obconica care in autumn to spring: In autumn, Monilaria Obconica gradually begins to wake up. First, it grows round green head, and then a pair of club-shaped leaves grow in the middle of the green head. Generally, 2-3 pairs of leaves can grow during the growing period, which means that it grows 2-3 nodes long.

Due to the vast territory of our country, the temperature difference between different places is very big, depending on the temperature drop in different places to decide. When we grow and care for Monilaria Obconica, we can use the day and night temperature is lower than (30-20 degrees) to determine whether to water and blow up the plant. During the growing period, the pot can be replaced and transplanted. Adding an appropriate amount of bottom fertilizer to the pelvic floor can promote the healthy growth of the plant. Personally, Monilaria Obconica likes fertilizer more.

When we grow and care for Monilaria Obconica in winter, when the temperature is lower than 2 degrees, insulation must be carried out. I also tried to temporarily accept the environment of minus 3 degrees Celsius (the low temperature at night and rising temperature during the day). Generally, indoor maintenance can safely pass the winter.

Monilaria Obconica

Monilaria Obconica Propagation

Monilaria Obconica propagation method can be generally used sowing and cutting propagation, with sowing as the main method.

Propagation with Seeds

  • Choose the right container

You can start seeding in almost any type of container, as long as it is at least 2-3 inches deep and has some drain holes. If you're into DIY, you can start growing young plants in yogurt cups, milk cartons, or even paper cups.

  • Choose potting soil for the seedlings.

Don't use garden soil or potting soil that reuses houseplants. Start with a fresh, sterile mixture to ensure healthy, disease-free seedlings. Some small Monilaria Obconica can be sprinkled directly on the surface of the soil. Larger seeds will need to be buried. After sowing, you must wet the newly sown seeds. To speed germination, cover the pot with wet paper or a plastic dome. This helps to keep the Monilaria Obconica seeds moist before they germinate. When you see the first sign of green, you must remove the lid.

  • Watering, feeding & sunlight

As the seedlings grow, you must keep the soil moist but not wet. Let the soil dry slightly between watering. Remember to feed the seedlings liquid fertilizer regularly. Seeds need lots of light. Set the lights for 15 hours a day. If you're growing in a window, choose a south-facing exposure. Rotate the pot regularly to prevent plants from leaning against the light. If you are growing under light, adjust the light so that it is only a few inches above the top of the seedling. Keep in mind that seedlings also need darkness so they can rest. As the seedlings grow taller, raise the lamp.

  • Transplant outdoor

It is not a good idea to move Monilaria Obconica seedlings directly from the protected environment of your home into your garden. You have been caring for these seedlings for several weeks, so they need to gradually transition to outdoor activities. About a week before you plan to put the seedlings in the garden, place them outdoors in a protected place (partially shaded, windproof) for a few hours, then bring them in at night. Gradually, over the course of a week or 10 days, expose them to more and more sunlight and wind.

Propagation with Cuttings

Monilaria Obconica can also be used cutting reproduction, with a knife cut off the small rabbit ears of Monilaria Obconica, and then inserted in the nutrient soil, in the soil to increase some perlite, so that can ensure loose and ventilated soil. When the soil has roots, it can be transplanted, and the attention of fertilizer, water and sunlight, and the cutting of Monilaria Obconica can also grow better.

How to Keep Monilaria Obconica Short "Bunny Ear"

Monilaria Obconica is a very special succulent plant that does not grow in excess of water. Like other sun-loving plants, it grows randomly in low light.
Monilaria Obconica grows so fast during its growing season that without a lot of light, the "bunny ears" of Monilaria Obconica grow even crazier, perhaps in a matter of days. Because its leaves are thin and slender, long to a certain extent, it is easy to droop down, which make it not like bunny ears and ugly.

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