Monstera Del. Borsigiana Albo Variegata
Monstera are very easy to grow tropical plants that require little care indoors or out. Like other aroids, many species of Monstera can be grown as houseplants, or outdoors in mild climates. They thrive in moist soils with high organic matter and grow best when provided with a mossy post or burlap wrapped pole to climb. Monstera plants can be grown in pots, hanging baskets or outdoors as a ground cover or beautiful tree wrap. Indoors plants thrive at temperatures between 65°- 90°F and in lower light conditions than other house plants. In the ground or up an arbor, Monsteras get big and are often unrecognizable from their potted juvenile state. They add a wonderfully tropical accent to any well-lit space or cascading from your favorite hanging planter. In very cold zones a containerized Monstera can be brought inside for the winter months. Be sure to avoid frost and freezing temperatures.
About This Plant
Actual Plant: In All Photos Above Pot Size: 4″ Round Includes: 1 Plant With Pot Ships By: UPS Ships From: Florida USA Shipping Rate: Click Tab Above
Info. & Recommendations
Growth Rate: Medium Light: 40-60% Soil: Rich Organic Mix Fertilizer: Slow Time Released Water: When Dry to Touch Dislikes: Soggy Soil Likes: 65-90°F Outdoor Zone: 9b-10 Pot Size: 6″-24″ w/Drain Holes Indoors: Locate Near Natural Light Faux Light: Grow Light Full Spectrum Propagate By: Cutting
We offer Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata in 3 stages of variegation.
- Mildly variegated, ideal for higher light areas where only a splash of variegation is desired. This type is faster growing than the other two, rarely suffers leaf burn and often produces rich, split solid green leaves along with random variegation.
- Normal Albo variegation with most leaves having some form of variegation, however solid green leaves may appear occasionally. This type is best suited for areas with 50-70% shade or indoors away from full sunlight. Too much light can burn the white of the leaves.
- Heavily variegated, often white, not for the novice collector. These plants often sport the sought after tri or quad-coloration with lots of white. You may need to be a Monstera Genius to grow this one. They grow best in 80-90% shade and require good time release organic fertilizer to get maximum growth with minimum leaf burn, truly a stunning plant.
As you are well aware these plants go for big bucks. In our opinion its all about the stem.
- A green stem generally will produce solid green leaves.
- A stem with a mild pinstripe can often produce a mildly variegated leaf best for medium light areas where the leaves seldom burn.
- A 50/50 stem can produce a few green, white, or a mix of variegation.
- A partially marbled stem, will generally produce a well mottled variegation of various colors.
With this in mind, creating solid green or highly variegated plants is a little tricky but not impossible. What we do is follow the white stripe up the stem until it passes under the base of a leaf, at this point there is a good chance the dormant bud at the leafs base will emerge with a high degree of white, which should also produce a more variegated plant than the mother. So, cut the stem two inches above the leaf and see if you succeed. It often takes only a couple months for the new vine and roots to emerge and you can immediately validate your success and tell if its a win or not by the color of the new stem.
This particular variety has had a very successful, 23 year history with us seldom producing an all green leaf. Cuttings have produced high quality, stable, swirled, marbled, 50/50, and pure white plants. We now have several mothers with varying degrees of variegation.
Remember to always save your top cut, once you cut the tip the original plants side shoots may be solid green, white or variegated. Even a strong growing variegated plant can sport to green or white at any time without being cut.
Actual plants are photographed a few days prior to the sale, the sale lasts a week or so and figure in packaging and shipping time, chances are when you receive your new plant it may look a little different and have a new leaf or two. Plants growing here are grown in a natural, humid, rainforest-like environment with little to no pesticides. Though it seldom occurs, when you receive your plant, leaves may drop, have spotting, folds, or even a bite mark or two in addition leaf browning may occur especially on plants with significant white coloration, this is only natural. Remember with plants you're in it for the long haul, to enjoy their natural beauty and possibly share a cutting or two with friends and family.
Here at the nursery, plants are grown under 40-80% shade cloth. If you're growing outdoors and plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or so to avoid stress. Please refer to the above guidelines.
We can not guarantee any future variegation patterns, coloration, survival or growth rate of any plant though most of the mother plants we propagate from have been successfully growing here for 20 plus years, some plants may still sport. Rest assured all variegation is natural, we do not agree with temporary Chemically Induced Variegation, (NO C.I.V.)