October 19th, 2021
This week we are talking about Ant Plants! These plants live in mutualistic association with ants. How cool is that? Don’t worry these plants don’t come with ants because that would be weird! Ant plants are native to Southeast Asia, the Pacific region, and all the way into Queensland in northern Australia. Ant plants are epiphytic so in their natural environment they are found climbing trees and have no attachment to the ground.
Let’s talk about care. Ant plants are going to thrive in high light and high humidity. Misting daily, or an in home humidifier is required to keep this plant happy. Ant plants can handle direct sun, especially during the winter months. Keep them cozy at a pleasant 60 degrees F or higher and keep away from a drafty window. Plant in a pot with ample drainage using Espoma’s Organic Orchid Mix. Recall, orchids are epiphytic too therefore ant plants and orchids have a lot in common. During the growing season (summer) watering could be up to once a week, then cut back during the winter months. If you like caudex plants, with their glorious, thick swollen stems or trunks, this is the plant for you!
We currently carry Ant plants in 4” pots in 3 different varieties Hydnophytum puffii, Hydnophytum papuanum, and Myrmephytum selebicum. If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us - firstname.lastname@example.org.