Monanthes Polyphylla

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Monanthes Polyphylla is a lovely succulent. This succulent is native to the Canary Islands and thrives in mountainous regions, shaded earth cliffs, and damp rocks. It is also known to have the ability to grow fully, even in small pots and places, making it a perfect succulent for those plant lovers who have limited space. Lastly, Monanthes Polyphylla is a low-maintenance succulent. The term “mono” means “one”, while the term “anthes” means “flower”.

Scientific Name:Monanthes Polyphylla
Other Names:One Flowered House Leek, Dwarf Crassula
Growth Season:Autumn to Spring Seasons
Preferred Temperature:65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit
Hardiness Zone:USDA Hardiness Zones 11a to 11b
Average Mature Height & Width:6 inches tall and 1.6 inches wide
Dormancy:Winter Season
Toxicity:Monanthes Polyphylla is non-toxic for both humans and animals. Therefore you do not need to worry about having your kids and pets around this succulent.
Monanthes Polyphylla Summary

Physical Characteristics

Monanthes Polyphylla is known for its unique appearance. This succulent is an easy-to-grow and attractive plant. The seeds are tiny and not very easy to germinate. Monanthes Polyphylla is a low-growing succulent. It is a branched succulent that has slender creeping stems.

The stems are also thin and hold clumps of little rosettes. It tends to grow into clumps or bushes. The leaves are green, cylindrical and form small rosettes. Its leaves are also fleshy and geometrically arranged. It produces small purple-ish flowers with a sweet scent during the summer. 

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Monanthes Polyphylla Care

Being easy growing succulent, Monanthes Polyphylla doesn’t need much watering. However, make sure that the soil is dried before watering. It would help if you also reduced the watering during the plant’s dormancy season. This succulent also prefers a well-draining soil mixture. Mix pumice, sand, or clay with a regular potting mixture.

Monanthes Polyphylla thrives in full to partial sunlight. Be prepared to place your succulent in a shaded area when there’s too bright sunlight. You may only need to feed once or twice a year, preferably during its growing season. 

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Monanthes Polyphylla Growth

Monanthes Polyphylla can be propagated through seeds and cuttings. To propagate through cuttings, make sure to choose a healthy mother plant. When cutting your succulent, use clean garden scissors and allow your cuttings to be calloused for a few days. This will result in a more successful propagation.

Regarding pruning, only remove dying or dead leaves to maintain the size and shape of your succulent. You only need to repot every other year, as this succulent is okay with growing even in tiny pots. Make sure to repot your Monanthes Polyphylla during its growing season. Using a new soil mixture to repot your succulent is also advisable. This is to avoid transferring pests or diseases to your new pot.

Watch out for mealybugs and scale insects. Typically, pests will attract your Monanthes Polyphylla when it is overwatered. 

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Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!

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