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Pink Princess Flower

Monochaetum humboldtianum

 

Soil -- Monochaetum likes fertile, well-draining soil.  A typical soil mix is 1 part potting soil or coir fiber to 1 part perlite or coarse sand.  Don't add lime to the mix, but you add some slow-release fertilizer.

Transplanting -- Keep your plant in its pot in shade the first week while it recovers from being shipped.  Then move it to about a 1-2 gallon container with drainage holes.  Water the soil before repotting to keep the soil ball from breaking apart, which can damage the roots.  After repotting, give no direct sun the first week.

Watering -- Aim to keep the soil evenly moist (but not soggy) most of the time.  The soil should not be allowed to dry out.

 If your tap water is very "hard" (high in minerals), it's best to use bottled water or rain water.

Climate -- Monochaetum grows in the cloud forest, where temperatures are mild year-round and nights are cool.  I don't know whether it has any frost tolerance, or how much heat it can take.  It's possible that might not thrive in temperatures consistently get above the low 80s (29C), especially if nights are warm.  It also might not have more than a couple of degrees of frost hardiness.  Over about 40% humidity is best.

Light -- It prefers part sunlight.  It needs some protection from strong afternoon sun. 

Fertilizing --  Monochaetum likes average amounts of fertilizer. Feed about every 2 months with a slow-release (pelleted or organic) fertilizer. 

 It's normal for a few of the older leaves to occasionally turn colors and drop, but if it seems excessive, the soil may be too dry down in the root zone, or the plant may need more nitrogen fertilizer.

Pests to watch for -- Scale (little brown disks on the stem - very hard to see!), aphids, spider mites (tiny "dots" under the leaves), mealybugs (white - easy to spot). 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me. 

Enjoy your plant!

- Jeff

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