About Monkey Tail Cactus/Hildewintera colademononis
The Monkey Tail Cactus, scientifically known as Hildewintera colademononis, is an exquisite plant that hails from the elevated regions of the Andes Mountains in Peru and Bolivia. Renowned for its striking features, this cactus showcases elongated, white, and velvety spines that resemble soft hair. Its popular moniker, "monkey's tail," alludes to the hairy stems it proudly displays. Notably, this species is abundant in producing vibrant red blossoms that add a splendid touch to its overall appearance. It's important to note that this cactus’s spines are modified hairs known as glochids. These glochids possess barbs and can easily detach from the plant, necessitating caution when handling or touching the cactus to prevent skin irritation.
How to care for Monkey Tail Cactus
Sunlight/Temperature: The Monkey Tail Cactus thrives in bright but indirect sunlight, making it ideal for partial shade or filtered light. However, prolonged exposure to intense, direct sunlight should be avoided to prevent sunburn. This cactus plant prefers cooler temperatures ranging from 50°F to 75°F and is not frost-tolerant, so it should be shielded from extreme heat and freezing temperatures. Placing the Monkey Tail Cactus near a sunny window can provide the right balance of light while maintaining a temperature within the recommended range will promote its healthy growth and well-being.
Watering: During growth seasons, it is advised to provide moderate watering to the Monkey Tail Cactus. This can be done on a weekly basis or more frequently during sunny summer weather. It is crucial to allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again. This becomes particularly significant if the plant is cultivated outdoors, where it may receive rainfall. As autumn approaches and temperatures begin to decline, it is recommended to keep the cactus relatively dry. Throughout the winter, it is essential to ensure that the soil remains thoroughly dry.
Soil/Potting: To ensure optimal growth, it is essential to provide the Monkey Tail Cactus with well-draining soil specifically designed for cacti or succulents. A blend of regular potting soil infused with perlite or pumice to enhance drainage is highly suitable. Repotting with fresh potting mix should be performed every other year or when the plant has outgrown its current container. However, it is important to note that a larger pot may not always be necessary. Before transitioning to a larger container, ensure the roots have adequately filled the existing one. The Monkey Tail Cactus thrives equally well in both hanging baskets and traditional pots, so either option can be chosen based on personal preference and aesthetics.
Propagation/Pruning: Propagate the Monkey Tail Cactus through stem cuttings. Allow the cut ends to dry and callus for a few days before planting them in well-draining cactus soil. Water sparingly until new roots and growth emerge. The Monkey Tail Cactus generally requires minimal pruning. However, if you notice any dead, damaged, or wilted stems or branches, you can prune them back using clean pruning shears.
Remember that individual environmental factors and conditions may require adjustments to the care routine. Observing your Monkey Tail Cactus and responding to its specific needs will help ensure its health and beauty.
Primary color: green
Secondary color: green
Bloom color: bright red and orange
Cold hardiness: 9a-11b (25°F to 40°F)
Product format: 6'' pot
Suitability: balcony, Window, Garden
Propagation: leaf cutting
Identification: monkey tail cactus——long, white, hair-like spines. Rat tail cactus——short, golden, prickly spines
Special characteristic: hanging cactus with hairy appearance