Guide on growing MONITREE
You can easily grow Monitree if you understand and apply this guide!
I tried to write it in an easy and detailed, so please read it carefully to the end. :)
1. Planting video guide
2. Combining video guide
Double Monitree has 6 form double-sided tapes. Single Monitree has 3 double-sided tapes.
The location of attaching the double-sided tape is as follows.
Make sure to attach 2 double-sided tapes to the pot.
3. Hanging LED
Hold the transparent tube with large tongs, and hold the LED with small tongs.
Acrylic sticks are not for Monitree. It's an additional offer for normal flower pot use.
4. Growing guide
First, three things are important.
1. Watering, 2. Providing light, 3. Spreading
Key point: Catch changes of water state (= soil color) through transparent pot!
You should not water mechanically when watering it one to two times a week.
You should check water state of the pot.
As you see the image above, there are difference in soil color between the one right after watering and the other when watering a week later.
(To see clear difference, I installed the lighting in the studio, but you will be able to recognize difference to some degree in your casual space.)
So, you need to check the soil color and decide whether it is right time to water or it is okay to water later.
If you don’t check changes in soil color and let soils always moist with deep brown color, it would die with excess water after all.
The amount of water given per week is as below, and you need to adjust the amount of water by checking plant condition and soil color.
If the pot overflows with 8ml of water, water 4ml first and then water additional 4ml one hour later.
Or, put chopsticks all the way to the bottom of the edge of the pot and slightly push it to the side to make water path.
If there is sill water on the post on the next day of watering, it means it has excessive water. Put some tissue into the water hole to remove still water.
This state should not be continued for more than 5 days. Please check the soil in the pot gets dry and then water it.
2. Provide light
Key points: Light LED at least 10 hours a day!
Plants need to have lights 10 hours a day to grow.
However, you should not turn LED on for 24 hours.
Plants also need to sleep and take a rest to grow healthier. 10 to 12 hours are appropriate.
Key point: Frequently spread plants if there are any tangled parts.
Vine plants are sometimes tangled together due to its nature.
Tangled parts make plants hard to breathe and only water left which makes leaves rotten.
Do not throw colored wires provided away and frequently spread tangled parts.
Adjust buds at the tip so that they can be headed to the direction where plants grow.
Colored wires are not for vines to grow. Do not put it on the pot. :)
Parts easily tangled
- Joint part of the pot and ㄱ-shared transparent tube
It is hard to put long vines straight at once.
Try to put leaves in the transparent tube first so that they can’t be damaged.
After that, put the wire into the windpipe to straighten the plants.
It is the part where plants can get tangled after growing upward and turns sideways.
When plants reach to the top before being tangled, shape the plants so that they grow to the side.
- Other tangled parts
It would be good to untangle the tangled parts when it is about to be tangled as the vines grow. This makes it easy to untangle and is also good for plants.
Watering, providing light and spreading
Are you well informed of these three things? :)
Let’s find out the remaining points~!
4. Granulated fertilizer
Monitree uses multicote6, a premium fertilizer.
Add 5 granulated fertilizers at first and then add 5 every 6 months.
Whenever you water it, it is melted slowly, so fertilizer effect lasts for 6 months.
5. Soil height
As you grow plants, the soil height of the pot gradually lowers because water is absorbed into the soil.
Since Monitree is a plant that can be cultured in water, lowered height of the soil is not a problem for growth.
Please adjust the amount of water while checking plant condition and soil color regardless of soil height.
Monitree grows best at 25℃ and gets through winter at more than 10℃.
If you grow it indoors, you don’t need to control temperature :)
7. Golden time
Plants also have golden time.
If you miss this golden time, your plants are likely to be dead.
So, it is important to be aware of golden hours.
Of course, you may not be able to catch golden hours right away, but you can develop your eyes on it with very little effort.
It is to check the condition of plants once a day.
If you check plants every day, you will see that conditions before and after watering are different.
During the golden hours, leaves are rolled up and hang down.
Plant conditions when water is insufficient and is too much are similar. It is hard to tell what causes this by just seeing its appearance.
So, just give 5ml of water during the golden hours and see the progress.
If water is not enough, it will return to a healthy state 3 hours later.
But if water is too much, it will be the same.
Information on plant
Scientific name: Muehlenbeckia axillaris
Classification: Knotweed and tropical evergreen vine
Country of origin: Australia, New Zealand
Scientific name: Ficus pumila
Classification: Climbing habit evergreen plant of rubber tree species
Country of origin: Japan, Taiwan, Australia