White is the new green! Very rare variety of the Monstera Variegata with an extreme amount of white!
The magnificent leaves of the Monstera are not only decorative but it is also an air-purifying plant. In China, the Monstera is a symbol of long life. Especially this variation with the white leaf parts is a real statement in your living room!
People think that it is (almost) impossible to maintain these beautiful 'alba' varieties because they are so sensitive. They are indeed; the more white, the more sensitive. Especially to dryness and overexposure! But with the right care and experience, you can also make these special plants live and grow. Please note: this Monstera is not recommended if you have little or no experience with plants.
The Monstera variegata that will be sent is smaller (and has fewer leaves) than shown in the sample photo. It is one stem in the pot.
Please note that these white leaves are a little more sensitive to transport. We do our very best to pack them carefully and properly!
This photo is an example photo and shows how the plant can look with the right care and in good conditions.
Monstera deliciosa and its scientific name is also called Split Leaf Philodendron. Despite that name, it is not a member of the Philodendron genus. It does belong to the same family, the Araceae.
Monstera deliciosa is native to tropical forests from southern Mexico to southern Panama. In the wild, this plant grows high up in the canopy of the rainforest. At home, the Monstera rarely produces flowers, but in the tropics it produces white, calyx-like flowers. Also, edible fruits grow on the plant, which have to ripen for a year. The fruit is said to taste like a mixture of banana and pineapple, hence the name Deliciosa.
The Monstera is also called the hole plant. This refers to the holes or slits in the leaves. If your Monstera looks different, this could mean that your plant is not in the ideal conditions. Check the amount of light and water and adjust if necessary. Another option is to take the aerial roots of the plant and push them into the soil, so that the plant can absorb more nutrients. Bear in mind that your plant will only develop holes on its adult leaves!
Monstera appreciates a warm and humid environment, a good amount of water and soft sunlight. Place your Monstera where it can receive indirect light. Although the plant can thrive in low light, it grows faster in a bright spot. So a place where it receives bright, indirect light is ideal.
The Monstera's aerial roots grow out of the pot as brown branches, which will not damage anything else. In nature these help to support the plant and allow it to climb to reach more light. When your Monstera gets too big it is possible to prune it.
Monsteras prefer soil that is constantly slightly moist. They are somewhat resistant to drought. As epiphytes with aerial roots, they are sensitive to too much water, so they do not want to be in soggy soil. When the top 2 centimetres of soil are dry, the plant needs water again. Do not leave the pot in water, as this will cause root rot.
Yellowing of leaves usually occurs by giving too much or too little water. If you see a combination of yellow and brown on the same leaf, this is usually due to too much watering. If there are completely yellow leaves, this may be due to a lack of water.
Larger plants may be repotted every eighteen months to two years, in a pot that is not much bigger. It is also possible to leave the pot size the same, in order to slow down growth. Spring or summer is the ideal time to repot because the plant is at its strongest. Although the plant usually grows slowly, it is advisable to use fertiliser in spring and summer (once a month) to stimulate new growth. It is important to use a low dose or to dilute the fertiliser well so that no salts accumulate in the soil. No fertilisation is needed in winter. It is important to give your Monstera a chance to rest during the cooler time of year.
Remember that every plant is a unique living being and may have different needs.