How To Keep VARIEGATED MONSTERA Happy


The video introduces the world of variegated monsteras, a type of rare and expensive plant that has gained popularity on social media. The Jungle Haven provides information on the three main types of variegated monsteras and tips on how to care for them, including watering, fertilizing, and soil requirements.

She also emphasizes the importance of doing research before purchasing a new plant and not buying a variegated monstera solely for its trendy appeal.

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Key Takeaways

  • Variegated monsteras are rare and expensive plants that have gained popularity on social media.
  • There are three main types of variegated monsteras, and it’s important to do research before purchasing one.
  • Proper care for variegated monsteras includes monitoring watering, fertilizing, and soil requirements, and avoiding buying them solely for their trendy appeal.
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Choosing a Variegated Monstera

When it comes to choosing a variegated monstera, there are a few things to keep in mind. As mentioned earlier, there are three main types of variegated monstera: Monstera Albo Borsigiana, Monstera Thai Constellation, and Monstera Marmarata, also known as Monstera Aurea.

Types of Variegated Monstera

Monstera Albo Borsigiana is the most common type of variegated monstera, and its variegation occurs naturally. The leaves tend to have white or greenish-white variegation that can come in splashes, patches, or even cover the entire leaf.

Monstera Thai Constellation, on the other hand, is a man-made mutation that tends to have more speckled or flecked variegation, often greenish-white or white, with occasional splashes of yellow. Finally, Monstera Marmarata, or Monstera Aurea, has a more yellowish variegation, and its leaves are similar to the standard Monstera Deliciosa.

Identifying Different Types

It can be challenging to tell the difference between the different types of variegated monstera, which is why it’s essential to do your research before buying one.

Monstera Marmarata is usually the easiest to spot due to its yellow variegation, but it can still be challenging to distinguish between Monstera Albo Borsigiana and Monstera Thai Constellation.

One way to tell them apart is by their internodal spacing, which is more significant in Monstera Albo Borsigiana, giving it a tall, viney look. Monstera Thai Constellation tends to have a more compact appearance.

Personal Preference

Ultimately, choosing a variegated monstera comes down to personal preference. Some people may prefer the natural variegation of Monstera Albo Borsigiana, while others may prefer the speckled variegation of Monstera Thai Constellation.

It’s important to keep in mind that these plants can be expensive and rare, so it’s crucial to do your research and choose the right type for you and your home. Remember, there are many gorgeous plants out there, and variegated monstera may not be the best fit for everyone.

Caring for Variegated Monstera

Light Requirements

Variegated Monstera plants require bright, indirect light. Placing them near an east-facing window would be the best option as they receive morning sunlight and remain bright throughout the day. However, if you place them in lower light conditions, they will probably survive, but over time, you may notice the variegation start to decrease.

Watering

It is essential to monitor the soil of your variegated Monstera plant. These plants like to be watered around once a week, depending on the conditions of your home. However, underwatering is always better than overwatering, so it is advisable to let at least the top couple of inches of soil completely dry out before re-watering.

Soil and Pot Requirements

It is crucial to use a well-draining potting mix that includes stuff that will heighten the aeration in the soil and help with drainage. You can use terracotta pots or ceramic pots, but make sure they are well-draining. You can also keep your plant in its nursery pot and put that into a pretty pot. That way, you can take it out and make sure that it is completely drained before putting it back in.

Fertilizing

Variegated Monstera plants should be fertilized about once or twice a month during the growing season. Use a natural fertilizer that does not contain harsh chemicals. However, lay off the fertilizer during the winter months, as it can cause brown patches to appear on your plant’s leaves, known as fertilizer burn.

Leaf Care

It is essential to dust your variegated Monstera plant’s leaves regularly, wipe them down on both sides, and turn them every few weeks so that they can absorb maximum light from all sides. This will also help you to check for pests.

Pest Control

Although variegated Monstera plants are fairly resilient when it comes to pests, it is still sensible to check for them. Thrips are known to affect Monstera plants, so check regularly for any signs of infestation.

Propagation of Variegated Monstera

Propagating variegated Monstera can be a bit tricky, but it’s definitely worth it if you want to expand your plant collection or share your plant with friends. The most common method of propagation is through stem cuttings.

When taking stem cuttings, it’s important to make sure that each cutting has at least one node, which is where the new roots will grow from. It’s also important to make sure that the cutting is taken from a healthy part of the plant, with no signs of disease or pests.

Once you have your cutting, you can either place it in water or soil. If you choose to place it in water, make sure to change the water frequently and keep an eye out for any signs of rot. If you choose to place it in soil, make sure to use a well-draining mix and water it sparingly until new growth appears.

It’s also important to note that variegated Monstera can be more difficult to propagate than their non-variegated counterparts, as the variegation can sometimes be unstable and not carry over to the new growth. However, with patience and proper care, it is possible to successfully propagate variegated Monstera.

Sandy

I’m just a plant lover from Central Florida with a passion for sharing knowledgeable facts about all things plants.

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