Also known as Rabbit succulent these cute plants that look like tiny rabbits peeping out aren't not hard to grow.
Have you been thinking about getting new plants or make an addition to your existing potted plants? Here's an adorable-looking plant that will change the way you see these greens. If you've never heard about bunny succulents then here's a what you need to know about them. These rabbits succulents or Monilaria obconica, have cute ears popping out of a circular head-like structure that mimics a bunny perfectly.
These bunny-looking plants are the perfect touch to any Easter-related occasion one decides to hold at their place. It's a rare variety which is a native to South Africa. They can also be referred to as drought-induced deciduous plants. Initially, the succulent sprout contains two stems which look like little bunny ears. These ears keep growing longer except for the bulbous structure which looks like the head.
The ear-like stems are covered with small beads that look fabulous. according to Cactus Art, the pearl-like beads contain special water storage cells which are filled with the characteristic sugar particles of succulents. Due to the narrow diameter, these plants are good at retaining moisture for several weeks even after being separated from the mother plant and exposed to a drier atmosphere. Another special ability that these bunnies hold is the way they eventually turn red once the leaves are exposed under the sun.
You don't even have to worry about maintaining this plant as it's relatively easy to grow. The bunny succulents grow during the winter and lie dormant throughout summer, as a result, they don't require much water during their summer dormancy. But once winter (which is from September to March in the Northern Hemisphere) hits, the pace at which the leaves grow is sped up this is when they need to be watered regularly.
Make sure that they are drained well and are kept in a properly ventilated area. One can easily plant more of them by simply cutting one or more branches along with a fraction of root from the mother plant. While several of them can grow well in the same pot it's always better to provide separate ones that improve their growth a lot. Also, they aren't a huge fan of the sun and enjoy a cool and shaded area. So you don't have to worry about placing the plant close to sunlight every now and then. They are the perfect indoor plants.
The rabbits-looking plants look a lot like it's counterparts, dolphin succulents. Netizens have been going ga-ga over this cute plant, especially people from Japan, says Martha Stewart. Japanese people love this "kawaii" items and this succulent is the very embodiment of the word. No wonder these bunny-themed plants reached a viral status there. There tiny fuzzy ears add to the whole comforting feeling. After it flowers it looks spectacular!
There's no stopping once you actually see these adorable things. You just have to buy them and the best part about it is the affordable pricing which would force you to take them home at this very moment! You can the seeds which have a high germination rate for $7.99 on Amazon and while you're at it chose a few appealing cactus pots. There are so many designs to choose from on Amazon, I'm sure you would have a very hard time choosing just one. They are also available on Etsy.
Apart from being the perfect indoor plant it also brings out the festive themes of Easter that we all love so much. If it had to be pointed out then the only downside to this plant has to be the way these ear-like leaves grew up nice and tall leaving the base of the head the way it used to be. Unlike the ears of the circular base doesn't grow proportionately leaving the leaves looking humongous when compared to the head. It does look neat once it is all grown up but definitely misses the mark when referred to the rabbit-like cuteness that makes you buy it in the first place. This is the only thing that separates this succulent from the dolphin once.