Monkey Tail Cactus
Monkey Tail Cactus (Hildewintera colademononis) is an attractive, and low-maintenance plant that might be just what you need to add to your collection. The striking appearance and ease of care of this South American native make it one of the most popular plants in its region. The monkey tail cactus grows in tropical regions in the Andes Mountains in South America.
A monkey tail-shaped stem gives this plant its name. The long, hairy stems of the plant are what give it its name. If you are a Cacti lover, then learn about Monkey Tail Cactus’ growth rate, care requirements, propagation methods, and types in this guide.
The monkey tail cactus is a low-maintenance plant that grows slowly. If properly cared for, it can reach a height of 2 feet and a diameter of 3 inches. Cactuses take several years to reach their full height, but once they have reached that height, they will grow slowly for the rest of their lives.
Plants like monkey tail cacti thrive in indirect sunlight but need bright light to thrive. You can take care of your monkey tail cactus by following these tips:
Soil and Potting
A well-draining, nutrient-rich soil is required for growing monkey tail cacti. Mix potting soil with perlite or sand to make a cactus mix or create your own. Make sure the pot has drainage holes so water doesn’t build up. Choose a pot that’s slightly larger than the plant’s current one. Make sure the soil dries completely between waterings. Check the soil for moisture by sticking your finger into it – if it’s dry up to your first knuckle, it needs watering.
During the growing season (spring and summer), water your Monkey Tail Cactus once every 2-3 weeks. To prevent overwatering, let the soil completely dry between waterings. During the winter, when plants go dormant, reduce watering.
In order to thrive, monkey tail cactus needs bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves of your plant, by putting it near a window with plenty of light.
Temperature and Humidity
The preferred temperature range for Monkey Tail Cactus is 60-80°F (15-27°C). Low temperatures can be tolerated, but frost should be avoided. Plants prefer low humidity, so avoid placing them near humidifiers or in humid rooms.
In USDA hardiness zones 9-11, monkey tail cactus can be grown outdoors. Indirect sunlight and well-draining soil are ideal for growing it. During the growing season, feed your Monkey Tail Cactus once a month with a cactus or succulent fertilizer. For best results, follow the instructions on the package.
Monkey Tail Cactus Propagation
Stem cuttings can be used to propagate Monkey Tail Cactus. How to do it:
Use a sharp, clean knife or scissors to cut the stem from the parent plant.
You can prevent rotting by letting the cutting dry for a few days.
Rooting hormone powder should be dipped into the cut end.
The cutting should be planted in well-draining soil and watered sparingly.
You should wait several weeks to months for the cutting to root in a warm, bright place.
Upon rooting, treat the cutting as a mature plant and follow the above instructions.