Plant Care Monkeygrass


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Monkeygrass has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Mondo grass, Mondo grass, Dwarf lilyturf, Mondograss, Fountainplant and Ophiopogon japonicus.


Ophiopogon japonicus

How to care for Monkeygrass

💦 Water

How often to water your Monkeygrass

Water needs for Monkeygrass
0.5 cups
every 9

Monkeygrass needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Monkeygrass

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Mondo grass in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Monkeygrass: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Monkeygrass love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Monkeygrass does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Monkeygrass in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Monkeygrass

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Monkeygrass: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Monkeygrass after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Monkeygrass is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Mondo grass →

Common Mondo grass Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Monkeygrass prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Mondo grass Water Frequency →

Mondo grass Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Monkeygrass requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Mondo grass Light Requirements →

Mondo grass Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Mondo grass Toxicity to Cats →

Mondo grass Toxicity to Dogs →

Mondo grass Toxicity to Humans →

🪴 Soil

Monkeygrass does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Mondo grass →

When and How to Successfully Repot Mondo grass →

💩 Fertilizer

Monkeygrass grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Mondo grass →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Monkeygrass is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Mondo grass →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Monkeygrass can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Mondo grass Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Monkeygrass can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Mondo grass →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Monkeygrass



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Monkeygrass has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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Temperamental in regard to watering, but very lovable. 😊

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