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Bunny Ear Succulent plants present a nice addition to the decorative pieces lying in your house. The name of the plant comes from its shape, which resembles a rabbit head complete with elongated ears. It can be partnered with Bunny Ears Cactus if you want a bunny-themed setup for your home garden or decor. Like any other succulents, it is easy to propagate and maintain as long as your know the basics of growing one.

The plant’s scientific name is Monilaria onconica. Monilaria is a genus under the Aizoaceae or the fig-marigold family. It is native in the Northern and Western Cape Provinces of Africa.

Ideal Environment

Based on the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which is the standard used by gardeners and growers in determining the ideal environmental conditions for plant growth, Bunny Ear Succulents can thrive in temperatures between 30 degrees and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. That means it is cold-hardy, but taking it to its limits is not really recommended if you want to guarantee its healthy development.

Propagation

Bunny Ear Succulents can be propagated using their seeds. However, the fastest way of multiplying them is via offsets.

Look for them from the mature version of the plant. It should be the little clones connected via the lateral stem. Simply cut the part of the lateral stem near the mother plant with clean pair of pruning shears or scissors to separate the two.

Repotting

The first thing that you have to keep in mind before repotting is picking the right material for the container of your plant. Terracotta is the most commonly used kind of pot because it is cheaper, highly customizable, and more breathable. However, if you want a more appealing vase for your succulents, better go for ceramic pots. Just make sure that it has holes at the bottom for the quick drainage of excess water.

The second thing that you should consider is the kind of soil that you will be using. For this, utilize a well-draining, loose garden soil layered with gravel or pebbles on top. The mixture will ensure that the water will flow freely from top to bottom without stagnating the excess water and so air will circulate properly on the surface down to the roots.

Watering

Like any other succulents, Bunny Ears do not require much watering, especially during the cold season. Only sprinkle an adequate amount of water into the leaves of the plant around twice a week or if it appears too dry to the touch already. Add some more water when the leaves start wrinkling or appearing lighter in color particularly during the summer or hot weather.

Changes in the Appearance

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Bunny Ear Succulents are adorable in their young state. As they mature, the ear-like protrusions become longer until they resemble string beans or spaghetti. The leaves are usually green but they turn reddish with continuous exposure under the sun. Although they are no longer that adorable upon maturity, owners of the plants are rewarded with daisy-like flowers with pinkish petals growing from them during summer.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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