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Antplant 'Myrmecodia tuberosa' 'L'

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Myrmecodia tuberosa 'L'

This remarkable plant is found throughout south-east Asia and northern Australia. Myrmecodia tuberosa has several ways of protecting itself against predators. Its swollen base has spines and it grows at height in trees. But its best defence against parasite insect attack is by providing a “home” for ant colonies which in turn supply nutrients. We offer a good-sized, mature ant plant with an extensive system of cavities and passages.

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Myrmecodia tuberosa 'L'
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Antplant Inside Myrmecodia tuberosa 'L'
Plant type
plant
Plant type
antplant
Place
indoor
Place
artificial lighting
Adult width:
80 cm
Light
full light
Light
semi sun
Watering
normal

Product info

Myrmecodia tuberosa is an ant plant with a strong appeal to the imagination. A member of the coffee family, it has a swollen tuberous stem which is occupied by ant colonies. The ants receive shelter in return for protecting the plant against herbivores. They provide the plants with nutrients, enabling it to grow while providing them with more space for their nests. The relationship is mutually beneficial in a number of ways. Myrmecodia tuberosa produces small white flowers in the axils of its leaf petioles and in due course, red berries. This shrub-like ant plant can grow to a height of more than 50 cm. Araflora supplies a good-sized, mature plant.

Height:
15 cm
15 cm
Width:
8 cm
8 cm
Adult height:
< 5 cm
< 5 cm
Adult width:
80 cm
80 cm
Flower colour:
White
white
Flower period:
All year
all year
Plant type:
Plant
plant
Product type:
Plant
plant
Plant type:
Antplant
antplant
Growth habit:
Epifytical
epifytical
Araflora info:
Non-edible
non-edible
Growth rate:
Slow
slow
Araflora info:
Special
special
Natural habitat:
South-East Asia
South-East Asia
Altitude range:
0-1500 m
0-1500 m
 

Plant care

Myrmecodia tuberosa does not depend on ants for survival so there is no need to import any insects! It is advisable to position the plant in partial shade with a good period of strong light. This species copes reasonably well with temperature fluctuations but grows best at temperatures between 22⁰ C and 28⁰ C. Humidity should be around 75%. It can of course be attached to a piece of wood as it would be in the wild, but it can also be grown in a pot in a potting mix of peat and coconut fibre. These products can be ordered through the Plant Accessories section. Always make sure that the pot drains well so as to prevent the plant from rotting. Allow the potting mix to more or less dry out before adding more rainwater or distilled water. You can assume the role of ants by fertilising the plant every two weeks, thereby ensuring consistent growth. If Myrmecodia tuberosa grows too big, it can be pruned with sterilised shears.

Care:
Easy
easy
Place:
Indoor
indoor
Light:
Full light
full light
Light:
Semi sun
semi sun
Watering:
Normal
normal
Watering tips:
Free draining mixture
free draining mixture
Watering tips:
Not standing in water
not standing in water
Water spraying:
Water spraying
water spraying
Maintenance:
Can be pruned
can be pruned
Air circulation:
Normal
normal
Place:
Artificial lighting
artificial lighting
Air humidity at day:
80-100%
80-100%
Air humidity at night:
80-100%
80-100%
Day temperature:
20-30 °C
20-30 °C
Night temperature:
12-18 °C
12-18 °C
Temperature max:
35 °C
35 °C
Temperature min:
15 °C
15 °C
Temperature:
< 15 °C
< 15  °C
Fertilize:
Little
little
Artificial light height:
20-40 cm
20-40 cm
Soil ph:
<6-7>
<6-7>
Soil type:
Peat/cocos
peat/cocos
Repotting:
After 2 years
after 2 years
 

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