Monadenium ritchiei f. variegata
A variegated form of Monadenium ritchiei is unusual species , very closely related to Euphorbia. The stems are yellow & green and lumpy, almost like a melted candle. The flowers are bright pink. Leaves are an attractive pinkish brown in high light, green in lower light. The leaves drop readily in the winter or during stressful times in the summer, but grow back quickly once the plant is actively growing again. New growth is green and becomes yellow in time. This plant varies in color depending on time of year and conditions. In winter it is at peak color as it is yellow with orange highlights.
Takes normal succulent care (lots of light, keep on dry side). Drops its leaves in the winter and should be kept drier at that time. It really hates being cool and moist, so if growing outdoors keep very dry in the winter. Does best if kept above 50 degrees but isn't absolutely required. Protect from frost.
In lower light and warmer temperatures it will turn more green. But the color comes right back when in high light and cooler temps
Landscape UsesIt is an excellent plant for garden rockery settings and desert type landscape.
For watering cacti, the golden rule is to make sure the soil is completely dry before watering! This will stop the roots from rotting. It is advised to always use a pot with a drainage hole so that excess water can get drained out. If kept in a sunny area, you will need to water it once every week. If it is in a semi shaded or filtered light area, you might need to water it once in 2 weeks.
Cacti like soil that is well aerated and fast draining. You can fertilise the cactus in the summer months when it is in its growing season. During the winters it is best to cut back on any fertiliser and let the plant rest.
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