Ihi Plant - Portulaca molokiniensis
Ihi Plant - Portulaca molokiniensis
Ihi Plant - Portulaca molokiniensis
Ihi Plant - Portulaca molokiniensis
Ihi Plant - Portulaca molokiniensis
Ihi Plant - Portulaca molokiniensis
Ihi Plant - Portulaca molokiniensis
Ihi Plant - Portulaca molokiniensis
Ihi Plant - Portulaca molokiniensis

Gardeners, are you looking for a truly unique addition to your succulent plant collection? Look no further than the Portulaca molokiniensis, also known as the Ihi, which is a unique and fascinating species of succulent Portulacas.

With its standard columnar shape, the Portulaca molokiniensis plant looks like a teardrop and has small yellow stacked leaves. This Ihi succulent has its origin in the Hawaiian Islands, where it is known as the Ihi plant. Portulaca Molokiniensis is summer dormant and grows up to 18 inches tall. This unique Ihi plant grows at a fast pace and is extremely rewarding when it comes to finding a succulent that grows well and properly, even in the smallest amount of time.

The leaves of your Ihi plant have a vibrant green coloration and are covered in a waxy coating, which helps the plant retain moisture in its harsh natural habitat. Additionally, the Portulaca molokiniensis has the ability to change color throughout the day. During the morning and evening hours, when the sunlight is less intense, the leaves display a beautiful green hue. However, as the sun reaches its peak during the day, the leaves transition to a stunning shade of purple or reddish-purple. This color change is a result of the plant's natural adaptation to protect itself from excessive sunlight and heat.

The flowers of the Portulaca molokiniensis are absolutely stunning and cup-shaped! Portulaca Molokiniensis bears golden-yellow flowers. The plant grows best between the seasons of late spring and late summer. These flowers have a distinct appearance, with multiple petals forming a beautiful rosette shape. The flowers open during the day and close at night, adding an element of fascination to this already beautiful plant. Whether you choose to grow it indoors or outdoors, the flowers of the Portulaca molokiniensis will surely catch everyone's attention and bring a burst of color to any space!

Watering Needs

The Portulaca molokiniensis is a drought-tolerant succulent, which means it requires minimal watering. It is best to water this Portulaca plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues with rare plants, so it's important to practice moderation when it comes to watering.

To determine when it's time to water your Portulaca molokiniensis, simply check the soil moisture level. If you can stick your finger about an inch into the soil and it feels dry, it's time to water. When watering, make sure to thoroughly saturate the soil, allowing the excess water to drain out. Avoid leaving your Portulaca sitting in standing water, as this can lead to root rot.

During the summer months or in hot, dry climates, you may need to water your Portulaca molokiniensisIhi more frequently. However, always be mindful of the soil moisture and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Remember, it's better to underwater than to overwater your Portulacas.

Light Requirements

The Portulaca molokiniensisIhi loves basking in the sunlight! It thrives in full sunlight to partial shade, so make sure it gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day.This Portulaca plant enjoys soaking up the rays and will reward you with its beautiful blooms.

If you're growing Portulaca molokiniensis indoors, place it near a sunny window where it will get plenty of sunlight. South-facing windows are usually the best choice, as they provide the most intense light. If you don't have a lot of natural sunlight, you can supplement the light requirements of this succulent by using artificial grow lights.

While the Portulaca molokiniensisIhi loves sunlight, it's important to note that it can also tolerate some shade. If you live in a particularly hot climate, providing some afternoon shade can help prevent sunburn on the leaves. Just make sure your Portulacas gets enough light throughout the day.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs

When it comes to choosing the right soil and fertilizers for your adorable Portulaca molokiniensis, you need to be extra cautious and need to use the right kind of soil. Moisture can be a real killer, leading to root and stem rot in no time flat. But fear not, my fellow green thumbs! Planet Desert has got your back with our specialized succulent potting mix that includes 5 natural substrates with organic mycorrhizae perfect for promoting healthy roots and happy Ihi plants.

As for fertilizing, the Portulaca molokiniensisihi' doesn't require a lot of nutrients. A light application of a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble fertilizer once a year during the growing season in the spring is usually sufficient. Make sure to dilute the fertilizer according to the instructions to avoid overfeeding. Remember, it's always better to under-fertilize than to over-fertilize succulents.

During the winter months or when the Portulaca molokiniensis is in a dormant phase, you can reduce or stop fertilizing altogether. This allows your Ihi plant to rest and prepare for its next growth cycle.

Hardiness Zone & More

The Portulaca molokiniensis prefers indoor temperatures between 65°F and 75°F. It thrives in warm environments, so try to keep it in a spot with consistent temperatures within this range. If you live in a colder climate, it's best to grow this succulent as an annual or keep it in a container that can be brought indoors during the winter months.

If you are in USDA zones 9 through 11, you can grow this hardy Portulaca molokiniensisIhi outdoors.This indicates that your Portulaca plant can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It's important to protect it from frost and freezing temperatures, as prolonged exposure to cold can damage or kill the plant.

In terms of humidity, the Portulaca molokiniensis is quite adaptable. It can withstand a wide range of humidity levels, from dry to moderately humid. However, it generally prefers drier conditions. If you're growing it indoors, make sure to provide adequate ventilation to avoid the risk of fungal diseases.

The succulent can be propagated by taking the stem cuttings and giving them the time to dry out properly. Once the stems have been cut and kept moist, ample, thin yellow roots will slowly start forming in 2-3 weeks. Portulaca Molokiniensis “Molokini Portulaca 'lhi” is one of those rare plants that has been enlisted as an endangered species, making it even more special to own and grow. With its excellent foliage, it gets well with the indoor home décor.

The Bottom Line:

Overall, the Portulaca molokiniensis is a beautiful and unique Ihi plant that can thrive both indoors and outdoors. It features vibrant and eye-catching flowers that can add a pop of color to any space. With proper care, such as well-draining soil, bright sunlight, and occasional watering, this succulent plant can bring joy and beauty to your home or garden.So, if you're looking for a low-maintenance and visually stunning plant, the Portulaca molokiniensis is definitely worth considering!

Bloom Season Late spring, late summer
Botanical Name Portulaca molokiniensis
Common Name Ihi plant, Portulaca ihi
Dormancy Summer (but grows best in Late Spring, Early Summer)
Family Portulacaceae
Flower Color Yellow, golden
Genus Portulaca
Growth Habit Columnar, upright
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 18 in. tall
Native Area Hawaiian Island
Plant Type Succulent, herb
Propagation By cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, disease resistant, pest resistant, heat tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Succulent potting mix soil
Special Features Cupshaped flowers (in clusters form)
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Toxic for humans, toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Common Pests & Problems of Portulaca molokiniensis

The Portulaca molokiniensis is susceptible to several pests and problems. These can cause damage to the succulent by feeding on the leaves and stems, which can cause your Ihi plant to become weak and stressed.

Aphids: These tiny insects can suck the sap and seeds from the plant, causing stunted growth and distorted leaves. You can try using insecticidal soap or a strong jet of water to remove them.

Mealybugs: These white, cottony pests can cluster on the stems and leaves of the plant. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them, or apply neem oil as a natural insecticide. 

Spider mites: These tiny pests can cause yellowing leaves and webbing on your Portulaca molokiniensis. Regularly misting the leaves and using insecticidal soap can help control them. 

Root rot: A Portulaca molokiniensis may develop mushy, black roots due to root rot, which can be brought on by overwatering or poorly draining soil. Make sure the soil drains well, and water the soil only after the top inch dries up. 

Fungal diseases: Excessive moisture in foliage and poor air circulation can lead to fungal diseases like powdery mildew or leaf spot. To protect the plant during the hottest part of the day, provide some shade. 

Sunburn: The Portulaca molokiniensis loves bright sunlight, but intense, direct sunlight for long periods can cause sunburn on the leaves. Provide some shade during the hottest part of the day to protect the plant.

Remember, prevention is key! Providing the right growing conditions, such as well-draining soil, proper watering, and good air circulation, can help prevent many of these common pests and problems. Keep an eye on your plant and take action at the first sign of trouble to keep your Portulaca molokiniensis healthy and happy!

FAQs - Portulaca Molokiniensis Plant

How do you care for Portulaca Molokiniensis? 

To care for Portulaca molokiniensis, you'll want to provide it with a sunny spot, as it loves bright light. It prefers well-drained soil and should not be planted in wet situations. In between waterings, let the soil dry out on your Portulaca molokiniensis plant.  

Remember not to overwater this succulent because it can withstand quite a bit of drought. To encourage healthy growth, it's also a good idea to fertilize the plant once a year throughout the growing season.  With these care tips in mind, your Portulaca molokiniensis should thrive and reward you with its stunning flowers!  

Is Portulaca Molokiniensis a succulent? 

Yes, Portulaca molokiniensis is indeed a succulent! It belongs to the Portulaca genus, which includes many succulent and drought-tolerant plants. The thick and fleshy leaves of the Portulaca molokiniensis store water, allowing it to survive in arid conditions.  

So, if you're a fan of succulents, you'll definitely appreciate the unique beauty of the Portulaca molokiniensis! 

What temperature does Portulaca molokiniensis like? 

The Portulaca molokiniensis prefers indoor temperatures between 65°F and 75°F.  Since it grows best in warm climates, try to keep it somewhere consistently warm enough. This resilient Portulaca molokiniensis can be grown outdoors in USDA zones 9 through 11.  

This means it can withstand temperatures as low as 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.  It's important to protect it from frost and freezing temperatures, as prolonged exposure to cold can damage or kill the plant. 

What type of soil is best for Portulaca molokiniensis? 

For Portulaca molokiniensis, it's best to use well-draining soil. This type of soil allows excess water to flow through easily, preventing the roots from sitting in water for too long. You can create a suitable soil mix by combining regular potting soil with perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage. But fear not, my fellow green thumbs!  

Planet Desert has got your back with our specialized succulent potting mix that includes 5 natural substrates with organic mycorrhizae – perfect for promoting healthy roots and happy Ihi plants. This will help ensure that your Portulaca molokiniensis has the right soil conditions to thrive!

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Gardeners, are you looking for a truly unique addition to your succulent plant collection? Look no further than the Portulaca molokiniensis, also known as the Ihi, which is a unique and fascinating species of succulent Portulacas.

With its standard columnar shape, the Portulaca molokiniensis plant looks like a teardrop and has small yellow stacked leaves. This Ihi succulent has its origin in the Hawaiian Islands, where it is known as the Ihi plant. Portulaca Molokiniensis is summer dormant and grows up to 18 inches tall. This unique Ihi plant grows at a fast pace and is extremely rewarding when it comes to finding a succulent that grows well and properly, even in the smallest amount of time.

The leaves of your Ihi plant have a vibrant green coloration and are covered in a waxy coating, which helps the plant retain moisture in its harsh natural habitat. Additionally, the Portulaca molokiniensis has the ability to change color throughout the day. During the morning and evening hours, when the sunlight is less intense, the leaves display a beautiful green hue. However, as the sun reaches its peak during the day, the leaves transition to a stunning shade of purple or reddish-purple. This color change is a result of the plant's natural adaptation to protect itself from excessive sunlight and heat.

The flowers of the Portulaca molokiniensis are absolutely stunning and cup-shaped! Portulaca Molokiniensis bears golden-yellow flowers. The plant grows best between the seasons of late spring and late summer. These flowers have a distinct appearance, with multiple petals forming a beautiful rosette shape. The flowers open during the day and close at night, adding an element of fascination to this already beautiful plant. Whether you choose to grow it indoors or outdoors, the flowers of the Portulaca molokiniensis will surely catch everyone's attention and bring a burst of color to any space!

Watering Needs

The Portulaca molokiniensis is a drought-tolerant succulent, which means it requires minimal watering. It is best to water this Portulaca plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues with rare plants, so it's important to practice moderation when it comes to watering.

To determine when it's time to water your Portulaca molokiniensis, simply check the soil moisture level. If you can stick your finger about an inch into the soil and it feels dry, it's time to water. When watering, make sure to thoroughly saturate the soil, allowing the excess water to drain out. Avoid leaving your Portulaca sitting in standing water, as this can lead to root rot.

During the summer months or in hot, dry climates, you may need to water your Portulaca molokiniensisIhi more frequently. However, always be mindful of the soil moisture and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Remember, it's better to underwater than to overwater your Portulacas.

Light Requirements

The Portulaca molokiniensisIhi loves basking in the sunlight! It thrives in full sunlight to partial shade, so make sure it gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day.This Portulaca plant enjoys soaking up the rays and will reward you with its beautiful blooms.

If you're growing Portulaca molokiniensis indoors, place it near a sunny window where it will get plenty of sunlight. South-facing windows are usually the best choice, as they provide the most intense light. If you don't have a lot of natural sunlight, you can supplement the light requirements of this succulent by using artificial grow lights.

While the Portulaca molokiniensisIhi loves sunlight, it's important to note that it can also tolerate some shade. If you live in a particularly hot climate, providing some afternoon shade can help prevent sunburn on the leaves. Just make sure your Portulacas gets enough light throughout the day.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs

When it comes to choosing the right soil and fertilizers for your adorable Portulaca molokiniensis, you need to be extra cautious and need to use the right kind of soil. Moisture can be a real killer, leading to root and stem rot in no time flat. But fear not, my fellow green thumbs! Planet Desert has got your back with our specialized succulent potting mix that includes 5 natural substrates with organic mycorrhizae perfect for promoting healthy roots and happy Ihi plants.

As for fertilizing, the Portulaca molokiniensisihi' doesn't require a lot of nutrients. A light application of a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble fertilizer once a year during the growing season in the spring is usually sufficient. Make sure to dilute the fertilizer according to the instructions to avoid overfeeding. Remember, it's always better to under-fertilize than to over-fertilize succulents.

During the winter months or when the Portulaca molokiniensis is in a dormant phase, you can reduce or stop fertilizing altogether. This allows your Ihi plant to rest and prepare for its next growth cycle.

Hardiness Zone & More

The Portulaca molokiniensis prefers indoor temperatures between 65°F and 75°F. It thrives in warm environments, so try to keep it in a spot with consistent temperatures within this range. If you live in a colder climate, it's best to grow this succulent as an annual or keep it in a container that can be brought indoors during the winter months.

If you are in USDA zones 9 through 11, you can grow this hardy Portulaca molokiniensisIhi outdoors.This indicates that your Portulaca plant can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It's important to protect it from frost and freezing temperatures, as prolonged exposure to cold can damage or kill the plant.

In terms of humidity, the Portulaca molokiniensis is quite adaptable. It can withstand a wide range of humidity levels, from dry to moderately humid. However, it generally prefers drier conditions. If you're growing it indoors, make sure to provide adequate ventilation to avoid the risk of fungal diseases.

The succulent can be propagated by taking the stem cuttings and giving them the time to dry out properly. Once the stems have been cut and kept moist, ample, thin yellow roots will slowly start forming in 2-3 weeks. Portulaca Molokiniensis “Molokini Portulaca 'lhi” is one of those rare plants that has been enlisted as an endangered species, making it even more special to own and grow. With its excellent foliage, it gets well with the indoor home décor.

The Bottom Line:

Overall, the Portulaca molokiniensis is a beautiful and unique Ihi plant that can thrive both indoors and outdoors. It features vibrant and eye-catching flowers that can add a pop of color to any space. With proper care, such as well-draining soil, bright sunlight, and occasional watering, this succulent plant can bring joy and beauty to your home or garden.So, if you're looking for a low-maintenance and visually stunning plant, the Portulaca molokiniensis is definitely worth considering!

Bloom Season Late spring, late summer
Botanical Name Portulaca molokiniensis
Common Name Ihi plant, Portulaca ihi
Dormancy Summer (but grows best in Late Spring, Early Summer)
Family Portulacaceae
Flower Color Yellow, golden
Genus Portulaca
Growth Habit Columnar, upright
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 18 in. tall
Native Area Hawaiian Island
Plant Type Succulent, herb
Propagation By cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, disease resistant, pest resistant, heat tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Succulent potting mix soil
Special Features Cupshaped flowers (in clusters form)
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Toxic for humans, toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Common Pests & Problems of Portulaca molokiniensis

The Portulaca molokiniensis is susceptible to several pests and problems. These can cause damage to the succulent by feeding on the leaves and stems, which can cause your Ihi plant to become weak and stressed.

Aphids: These tiny insects can suck the sap and seeds from the plant, causing stunted growth and distorted leaves. You can try using insecticidal soap or a strong jet of water to remove them.

Mealybugs: These white, cottony pests can cluster on the stems and leaves of the plant. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them, or apply neem oil as a natural insecticide. 

Spider mites: These tiny pests can cause yellowing leaves and webbing on your Portulaca molokiniensis. Regularly misting the leaves and using insecticidal soap can help control them. 

Root rot: A Portulaca molokiniensis may develop mushy, black roots due to root rot, which can be brought on by overwatering or poorly draining soil. Make sure the soil drains well, and water the soil only after the top inch dries up. 

Fungal diseases: Excessive moisture in foliage and poor air circulation can lead to fungal diseases like powdery mildew or leaf spot. To protect the plant during the hottest part of the day, provide some shade. 

Sunburn: The Portulaca molokiniensis loves bright sunlight, but intense, direct sunlight for long periods can cause sunburn on the leaves. Provide some shade during the hottest part of the day to protect the plant.

Remember, prevention is key! Providing the right growing conditions, such as well-draining soil, proper watering, and good air circulation, can help prevent many of these common pests and problems. Keep an eye on your plant and take action at the first sign of trouble to keep your Portulaca molokiniensis healthy and happy!

FAQs - Portulaca Molokiniensis Plant

How do you care for Portulaca Molokiniensis? 

To care for Portulaca molokiniensis, you'll want to provide it with a sunny spot, as it loves bright light. It prefers well-drained soil and should not be planted in wet situations. In between waterings, let the soil dry out on your Portulaca molokiniensis plant.  

Remember not to overwater this succulent because it can withstand quite a bit of drought. To encourage healthy growth, it's also a good idea to fertilize the plant once a year throughout the growing season.  With these care tips in mind, your Portulaca molokiniensis should thrive and reward you with its stunning flowers!  

Is Portulaca Molokiniensis a succulent? 

Yes, Portulaca molokiniensis is indeed a succulent! It belongs to the Portulaca genus, which includes many succulent and drought-tolerant plants. The thick and fleshy leaves of the Portulaca molokiniensis store water, allowing it to survive in arid conditions.  

So, if you're a fan of succulents, you'll definitely appreciate the unique beauty of the Portulaca molokiniensis! 

What temperature does Portulaca molokiniensis like? 

The Portulaca molokiniensis prefers indoor temperatures between 65°F and 75°F.  Since it grows best in warm climates, try to keep it somewhere consistently warm enough. This resilient Portulaca molokiniensis can be grown outdoors in USDA zones 9 through 11.  

This means it can withstand temperatures as low as 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.  It's important to protect it from frost and freezing temperatures, as prolonged exposure to cold can damage or kill the plant. 

What type of soil is best for Portulaca molokiniensis? 

For Portulaca molokiniensis, it's best to use well-draining soil. This type of soil allows excess water to flow through easily, preventing the roots from sitting in water for too long. You can create a suitable soil mix by combining regular potting soil with perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage. But fear not, my fellow green thumbs!  

Planet Desert has got your back with our specialized succulent potting mix that includes 5 natural substrates with organic mycorrhizae – perfect for promoting healthy roots and happy Ihi plants. This will help ensure that your Portulaca molokiniensis has the right soil conditions to thrive!

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