Ant plant

A tropical epiphytic plant that lives in a mutualistic association with a colony of ants.
Common name : Ant plant
Scientific name : Myrmecodia spp.
Family : Rubiaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Full description for myrmecodia not yet available


Water needs
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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 11a
Height 20 - 40
pH 6 - 6.5

Identify my myrmecodia

Orchids form a large family of monocotyledon plants. It's one of the most diverse plant families, counting more than 25,000 species, spread among 850 genera. This description concerns orchids called "epiphytes", such as those we often keep in our interior spaces.

Plant my myrmecodia

Plant your orchid in a substrate prepared for epiphytic orchids — 3/5th bark, 1/5th pearlstone, 1/5th fine charcoal — or attach it to a piece of wood or bark, preferably in a container that allows the roots to hang outside.

Water my myrmecodia

Epiphytic orchids don't like excessive watering, and they like calcium even less. To deal with our very low humidity interiors, favor light watering — at the bottom of the pot so as not to soak the roots — every three to seven days. Get in a routine of watering every 15 days, without spraying during the winter. Use lukewarm water, in the mornings, to allow the pot to dry all day. Make sure not to get the center of the plant wet.

Fertilize my myrmecodia

From March to October, add special liquid orchid fertilizer twice a month.

Repot my myrmecodia

The operation is delicate, and aims to regenerate the substrate of the plant, to give it a well aerated centre and more space. At the end of flowering, when the orchid makes it's young roots, remove it from its pot in a very clean location, replace the substrate, remove damaged roots and replant in a mixture of 3/5th bark, 1/5th pearlstone, 1/5th fine charcoal, in a transparent pot with holes, or in an earthenware pot.

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