Monolena primuliflora is a very unique plant that has only recently made its debut on the houseplant scene. It is an epiphytic ant plant that is native to Ecuador and Peru. These plants grow attached to the branches of trees where they form a caudex that serves as a habitat for ants. It can be grown outdoors under the shade or bright, filtered sunlight, in an area with very high humidity. Unlike most caudex-forming plants, Monolena should not be allowed to go completely dry. The potting substrate has to be kept moist, otherwise, a dry condition would bring the plant into a dormancy stage and leaves will drop.
Light: Place the plant in a well-ventilated, sheltered area where it receives dappled sunlight.
Water: Once a day, water the plants thoroughly till excess water drains out of the pot.
Temperature: Plant tolerates temperatures from 18-30°C.
Fertilizer: An all-purpose, water-soluble balanced fertilizer that contains an equal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (e.g. N-P-K: 15-15-15 +TE) will help to boost the plant's overall health by feeding it every two weeks. Otherwise, a slow-release fertilizer (e.g. Osmocote) can be incorporated into the potting media, and to be replenished after about 2-3 months. Do follow the recommended dosage indicated on the fertilizer’s application instructions.
*Product photo shown is for reference only. Actual product may vary as each individual plant has its own appearance (colours, form and size), and pot colour may differ from photo.