SELF POLLINATION is NOT UNCOMMON with
GERANIACEAE but it is NORMALLY POLLINATED by insects.
MONSONIA PATERSONII is a spiny,the succulent SHRUB OR SHRUBLET grows up to 20 inches or 50 cm tall. Also erect to spreading to ascending. Usually the BRANCHES are more than 10mm wide. While the LEAVES are oblong, wedge shaped, has a color of green and grows up to 1 inch or 2.5 cm long and it’s wide is 0.6 inch or 1.5 cm wide, also its leaves are DECIDUOUS. Also, the flowers grow up to 1 inch or is equivalent to 2.5 cm in diameter, has 5 petals and 5 sepals, it is hermaphrodite and solitary. However, its PETALS are pale magenda or purple in color, also it is up to 1.2 inches or 3 cm long.
MONSONIA PATERSONII has the fame to be DIFFICULT TO CARE PROPERLY IN CULTIVATION, but in the other hand, it is a decorative plant. However, it is very suitable for bonsai and is relatively EASILY GROWN SPECIES. Seed-grown plants thrive and flower prolifically in cultivation while imported specimens rarely produce an extensive new root system and flower sporadically, BUT SURVIVE FOR MANY YEARS.
SEED GROWN PLANTS, in contrast, thrive and flower PROLIFICALLY IN CULTIVATION. The ideal cultivation medium for MOST SPECIES is silt collected from the sides of road culverts, to which a SMALL AMOUNT OF BONE MEAL and some ordinary, sandy, garden soil has been added. Seeds should be sown just under the surface of the soil, in large trays. They should be planted out INTO INDIVIDUAL CONTAINERS when they are about 2 years old.
MORE INFORMATONS TO KNOW ABOUT MONSONIA PATRESONII (BUSHMAN’S CANDLE)
>They need to be REGULARLY WATER EVERY 6 TO 10 DAYS whilst they are in ACTIVE GROWTH and producing leaves, occasionally during dormancy. In cultivation it APPEAR BEST NOT TO LET PLANTS GO INTO DORMANCY AND TO WATER A YEAR AROUND. Nevertheless even in habitat the Sarcocaulons appear to be opportunistic and respond to precipitation events when they occur. As soon as the foliage starts to show signs of yellowing or withering, WATER SHOULD BE WITHELD. It is very important that there is plenty of free air circulation around cultivated plants and also that they are NOT OVER WATERED.
>Monsonia patersonii or Sarcocaulon patersonii, This plant has FEROCIOUS SPINES on pale yellowish-grey succulent stems. The GLAUCUS leaves, arranged in pairs at the spine bases, are long ovals with a smooth margin.
> Species of Sarcocaulon occur in regions where DRY CLIMATIC CONDITIONS prevail, and are found on rocky hillsides or mountainsides, gravel, outcrops of WEATHERED QUARTZITE AND RED DUNE SANDS. Patersonii, for example, inhabits the EXTREMELY ARID desert area between Port Nolloth and Lüderitz.
> Members of the family Geraniaceae have long been widely cultivated for their HORTICULTURAL VALUE. Members of Sarcocaulon are much sought after by succulent lovers. The FLESHY BRANCHES, covered with wax, are flammable and even when wet can be used as a KINDLING TO LIGHT FIRES.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF MONSONIA PATERSONII (BUSHMAN’S CANDLE)?
SEED GROWN PLANTS, in contrast, thrive and flower PROLIFICALLY IN CULTIVATION. The IDEAL CULTIVATION medium for most species is SILT COLLECTED from the sides of road culverts, to which a SMALL AMOUNT of bone meal and some ordinary, sandy, garden soil has been added. SEED SHOULD BE SOWN just under the surface of the soil, IN LARGE TRAYS. They should be planted out INTO INDIVIDUAL CONTAINERS when they are about 2 YEARS OLD.
In FULL GROWTH, this plant needs a DIRECT SUNLIGHT, regular WATER WHILST for SEEDLINGS occasionally during dormancy when they are active in growth.