Mondograss is actually not an aquatic plant. Although some people use it as a live aquarium ornament because it can stay submerged for a month or more, it will eventually die in the aquarium.
Hardiness: Mondo grass does best in USDA zones six through ten, all of which have long growing seasons. Spacing: Plant mondo grass plugs four to twelve inches apart. Soil: Mondo grass can grow in a variety of soil types, but the most important factor is that the soil is well-draining.
This aquatic plant can live in a huge temperature range of around 50-85°F (10-30°F), so you can place it in tropical aquariums, unheated cold water tanks, and outdoor ponds (where it can often survive the winter season depending on the climate).
Both mondograss species prefer loose, loamy soil. The plants tolerate loamy soil but have difficulty spreading their roots through heavy soil. If the roots cannot spread, your mondo grass will not be able to cover an area to create a dense ground cover.
Water the dwarf mondograss thoroughly when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil becomes dry, usually every 10 to 14 days. Never let the soil become waterlogged, instead water it to keep it evenly moist. Stop watering in winter when new growth has slowed or stopped.
What is this? This is a special kind of Mondo Grass. It grows to only about half the size of the other species in this family (about 2-4 inches). Dwarf Mondo Grass has slimmer leaves that give it a more delicate appearance.
If there’s one plant we can’t miss on a list of fast-growing aquarium plants, it’s definitely chickweed. This stem plant has been part of the aquarium hobby for a very long time and is known for its rapid growth.
Mountain chickpea or Ceratophyllum is a super easy plant to grow for your planted aquarium. Puppy Grass is sometimes called Guppy Grass.
It’s great for scavenging ammonia, nitrates and nitrites, while also delivering plenty of oxygen. Because it grows so quickly, it’s also a great option for controlling algae in your aquarium. Bonus points: Hornwort doesn’t need light to grow, so it grows well even in a dark blackwater setup.
Dwarf Mondo Grass can take an occasional step on it, but regular foot traffic will destroy it. If you must walk through an area planted with mondo grass, install stepping stones or another type of path. The plant is moderately pet friendly.
If you want to get rid of monkey grass, the only way to control it is by using a product that contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up. Be careful when spraying Round-Up on your lawn as it is a non-selective herbicide and will kill both the liriope and your desired weed.
Standard mondograss will reach a width of up to 1 foot within a year or two, but dwarf mondograss takes two to three years under ideal conditions to grow to its 3 to 4 inch width reach.
Mondo grass turns yellow when the soil is poorly drained or gets too much direct sunlight or reflected heat. The grass can also begin to wither if it is not watered for a long time. Both root rot and crown rot can cause the grass to lose its rich green color. What is this?
Pots and Planters
Mondograss can be the perfect lush evergreen groundcover for any potted plant as it is hardy and can outlast anything you plant with it. Plant Mini Mondo around small plants and Tall Mondo in large pots and planters. Plant Mondo Grass or Bongo Borders Liriope in potted plants.
Mondo grass grows well in regular garden soil and requires minimal attention once established. Plants thrive in filtered sun to full shade and prefer moist soil. Foliage is usually light green when plants are growing in filtered sun. Plants that grow in the shade have dark green leaves.