Ever heard of motosas? Chances are you haven’t. Motosas are a new type of fruit, a hybrid between mottos and guavas developed by botanists in Hawaii. They look like a small round tomato but with the sweet tropical flavor of guava. Bite into one and you’ll be instantly transported to an island paradise. The thick red skin encases a soft white flesh filled with edible seeds. Motosa’s are deliciously juicy and refreshing, perfect for snacking on a hot summer day or blending into a tasty smoothie. Though motosas are new to the scene, they’re poised to become the next superfood craze. Read on to discover everything you need to know about this unique and irresistible new hybrid fruit.
What Exactly Is a Motosas?
A motosas is a unique hybrid plant, a cross between a moth orchid (phalaenopsis) and a vanda orchid. ###
Moth orchids, with their delicate white blossoms and airy shape, are one of the most popular houseplants. Vandas are known for their vibrant colors and ability to adapt to a wide range of conditions. By crossing these two orchids, breeders created a plant with the moth orchid’s graceful shape and the vanda’s tendency for intense colors and durable nature.
Motosas can thrive for years and produce colorful blooms in pink, red, orange or yellow. They need similar care to phalaenopsis – moderate light, humid conditions and weekly watering and fertilizing during growth. However, motosas can handle more light and less humidity than moth orchids. They are also faster growing and bloom more profusely.
To get the most from your motosas, place it near an east- or west-facing window where it will get bright light for a portion of the day. Water when the top inch or so of potting mix is dry, and mist with a spray bottle a few times a week. Fertilize every 2-4 weeks during the growing season. Repot if needed after flowering.
With the right conditions, a single motosas can produce dozens of long-lasting flowers. And unlike moth orchids which typically only rebloom once a year, motosas may bloom in both spring and fall, giving you an extended orchid flowering show. For orchid lovers and houseplant enthusiasts alike, the motosas offers an ideal combination of beauty and easy, rewarding care.
The History of the Motosas Hybrid
The motosa hybrid first emerged in the early 1900s as botanists started crossing different species of the motosa genus. Two species in particular, M. cochleata and M. rotundifolia, were found to produce viable and fertile offspring, giving rise to the first motosa hybrids.
- These initial crosses resulted in plants with characteristics of both parents, including rounded, spoon-shaped leaves and purple, bell-shaped flowers. As hybridization continued, breeders were able to develop new varieties with unique flower colors, leaf shapes, growth habits, and scents.
Today, there are dozens of motosa hybrids available, suitable for gardens, patios, and homes. Some of the most well-known hybrids include:
- M. ‘Purple Bells’ – Produces masses of deep purple, bell-shaped flowers and glossy green, heart-shaped leaves. It has an upright, bushy growth habit and mildly fragrant flowers.
- M. ‘Luna’ – A compact variety with silvery, spoon-shaped leaves and white, trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom at night and close again in the morning. It has a neat, mounding growth habit and jasmine-scented flowers.
- M. ‘Sunset’ – Features colorful orange and red flowers that fade to peach, apricot and yellow. It has lobed, variegated leaves with yellow margins and an irregular, spreading growth habit. The flowers have a slight cinnamon scent.
Thanks to the work of hybridizers, motosas come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes so you can find one suitable for any garden or living space. With their tropical flair and colorful, fragrant flowers, motosas are sure to brighten up any corner of your home.
Motosas Temperament and Personality
Motosas are unique hybrid plants that combine the best traits of their parent plants. Their temperament and personality are influenced by their diverse heritage.
Easygoing and Low-Maintenance
Motosas inherit an easygoing, low-maintenance temperament from their cactus parent. They do not require frequent pruning or shaping and are tolerant of some neglect. Motosas can go longer between waterings and still thrive. Their thick, waxy leaves and stems enable them to store water for drought resistance.
Motosas get their fast growth rate from their tropical plant parent. Under ideal conditions, motosas can grow over a foot per year. They require warmer temperatures, lots of bright light, and regular feeding during the growing season to fuel their speedy expansion. Be prepared to repot motosas every few years as they can become pot bound quickly.
With their unusual mix of characteristics from diverse plant families, motosas have a very distinctive appearance. They often have a combination of spiny, hairy, and smooth stems with leaves in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. Flower colors and forms are also quite variable depending on the specific parent plants. No two motosas look exactly alike, adding to their novelty and appeal.
Motosas make a great choice if you’re looking for a plant that combines beauty, vitality, and resilience. Their engaging temperament and quirky good looks are sure to make motosas the life of your houseplant collection. With the right care and conditions, your motosas will thrive and delight you for years to come.
Pros and Cons of Owning a Motosas
Owning a motosas definitely has its pros and cons. As with any pet, it’s important to go into motosas ownership with realistic expectations.
One of the biggest benefits of motosas ownership is companionship. Motosas are very social and bond closely with their owners. They make wonderful lifelong friends and can help decrease feelings of loneliness or isolation.
Motosas are also highly intelligent. They can be trained to do various tricks and tasks, and some even work as service animals. Motosas keep their minds and bodies active, so they make entertaining and engaging pets.
For the physically active owner, motosas make great exercise partners. They need daily exercise and play, so you’ll get lots of opportunity to get outside and move around with your pet motosas.
While motosas are social and bond very closely with their owners, this also means they can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. They are pack animals and prefer to be with their families. If you work long or irregular hours, a motosas may not be the right pet for you.
Motosas require a major time commitment. In addition to daily exercise, play, and training, motosas need to be groomed, fed, and taken to routine vet checkups. Motosas can live 12-15 years, so they are a long-term responsibility.
The initial cost to purchase a motosa’s can be expensive, often several hundred to over a thousand dollars. There are also ongoing costs for quality food, toys, vet care, grooming, training, and other essentials which can cost $1,000-$3,000 per year or more.
While motosas can make wonderful and rewarding lifelong companions, it’s important to make sure you fully understand their needs before getting one as a pet. If you are able to commit the time, money, and resources required to properly care for a motosas, they can be an extremely enriching addition to your life.
Finding and Caring for Your Own Motosas
Once you’ve decided to get your own motosa plant, the next steps are finding one and properly caring for it.
Finding a Motosa
Motosas can be purchased from some plant nurseries and garden centers, especially those that specialize in rare or exotic plants. You may have the best luck finding motosas online, as many plant shops now sell and ship live plants. Look for motosas that are fully rooted cuttings or small starter plants, around 6 to 12 inches tall. Examine photos carefully to ensure the plant looks healthy, with no signs of disease or pest damage.
When your motosa arrives, plant it as soon as possible. Carefully remove it from the shipping container and check that the roots are still moist. Plant the motosa in well-draining potting mix, such as a mix of perlite, peat moss, and compost or in a prepared cactus and succulent mix. Plant the motosa so the base of the stem is at the same level as in the pot. Water thoroughly after planting and place in a warm spot with bright, indirect light.
Caring for Your Motosa
Motosas do best in warm environments with temperatures of 65 to 80 F. Place your motosa near a sunny window that gets plenty of bright light but avoid direct southern exposure. Motosa’s need moderate watering, so check the top few inches of soil before watering and water when dry. Allow the top half of the soil to dry out between waterings.
During the growing season from spring through fall, fertilize your motosa every few weeks. Use a balanced fertilizer with equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, such as 10-10-10, at 1/2 the recommended strength. Reduce or stop feeding in the winter when growth slows down.
Repot your motosa every 2 to 3 years in the spring, moving up just one size. Prune your plant to shape it and remove any dead or dying leaves. Propagate stem cuttings in spring or summer to produce new motosa plants.
With the proper care and conditions, your motosa can live 3-5 years and may even produce fragrant flowers. Paying close attention to light, water, and feeding needs will keep your motosa plant healthy and happy.
So there you have it, an introduction to the motosa, one of the most interesting hybrid creatures in the animal kingdom. Now that you know a bit about how they came to be and what makes them so unique, keep an eye out for motosas in your area. Who knows, you may spot one in the wild with its distinctive features and sounds. If you do see one, consider yourself lucky to witness one of nature’s most fascinating crosses in person. Motosa’s are truly one of a kind. Next time you hear a strange call in the woods or see an animal that looks familiar yet somehow different, it just may be one of these rare and wonderful motosas.