Fat plants

Monadenium guentheri


genus that includes about fifty species of succulent plants originating in Africa. The various species often have very different characteristics, in fact there are species with succulent stems, with fleshy leaves, such as M. guentherii or M. ritchiei, and other species having the shape of shrubs or small trees, with a large woody caudice, such as M magnificum and M. invenustum, and leaves not succulent. In general the leaves are deciduous, oval, more or less elongated; in summer they produce particular inflorescences in the shape of a horseshoe, called ciazi, constituted by a shell that contains the male and female flowers; the inflorescences are generally white, cream or greenish, although there are very showy colors, as in M. coccineum, which has intense red inflorescences. The succulent stem plants usually do not exceed 30-40 cm in height, those with caudex can reach a few meters in height, although in general the Monadenium they have a very slow growth.


place these plants in a semi-shaded position, possibly bright, excessive exposure to sunlight causes a reddish coloration of the leaves and stems, an excess of shade instead causes a dark color. THE Monadenium they fear the cold, so in winter they should be kept indoors or in a temperate greenhouse.


in nature these caudiciforms develop in arid areas, with little rainfall, therefore they tolerate drought very well, watering only when the soil is well dry; in the cold months the plant goes in vegetative rest, it is therefore advisable to totally suspend the waterings from October to March. During the vegetative period it is advisable to supply a specific fertilizer for succulent plants every 15-20 days, mixed with the ananffia water.

Monadenium guentheri: Other councils

Soil: cultivate in sandy, very well drained soil, consisting of peat, river sand and pumice or perlite. The plants grow very slowly in the aerial part, but produce large rhizomatous roots, it is therefore good to repot them every 2-3 years, to allow a balanced development of the root system.
Motliplication: occurs by seed or by cuttings.
Pests and diseases: monadenium generally do not fear the attack of parasites, but excessive watering, especially in winter, favors the onset of root rot.