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Gfp Monolena primuliflora 'Midnight Glory'

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Monolena primuliflora is distributed from Costa Rica to Ecuador and Brazil. It is an unusually attractive plant that appeals to growers who like foliage plants, caudex-producing plants, and ant plants.You might also spot little "pearl bodies" on the underside of their leaves, and these are usually eaten by a number of ant species! Monolena develop a symbiotic relationship with ants where they provide refuge and in turn, the ants bring in food and deposit waste that provides nutrients to the plant. The variety 'Midnight Glory' has leaves that are exceptionally dark green in colour (almost black!) on the upper surface, and burgundy to wine coloured underneath.

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 dapple 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: To boost plant's overall health, feed it with a diluted concentration of water-soluble, balanced fertilizer that contains equal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (e.g. N-P-K: 15-15-15) once 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. Plant may not be in a blooming state at the point of sale.