variegated monstera

Variegated Monstera Deliciosa

Growth progress of a Swiss Cheese plant cutting in Melbourne, Australia

This popular houseplant which is often referred to as the “Swiss Cheese Plant” is usually a dark green, however sometimes it comes in a variegated version.  This plant started as a cutting in October 2016 which had two leaves, however they promptly fell off.  Although this was going into the summer season in Australia, there was no visible growth until February 2017.  During this time it was moved to a greenhouse and this seemed to help the growth progress.  The striking white parts of the leaves, while beautiful, are what make this usually very hardy plant much harder to care for.  They white parts appear that way because they lack chlorophyll, which creates the green colour in leaves.  Chlorophyll is also required for photosynthesis, so essentially it is harder for this plant to convert sunlight into energy than the usual variety.

This plant and many others can be found on Instagram @troposphere_gardens, check it out to see more!


Due to overwhelming response of readers looking for this incredibly rare plant online, I have scoured the internet and found some sellers for different continents.  For this information, please see this post.


February 2017


11th February 2017: After months of minimal growth, a small shoot is appearing


March 2017

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5th March 2017: New leaf growth unfurling


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6th March 2017: Leaf continuing to unfurl


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12th March 2017: New white leaf has now fully opened up


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15th March: A new leaf is starting to appear


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20th March 2017: New leaf showing


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23rd March 2017: New leaf growth progressing


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27th March 2017: New leaf unfurling, other variegated leaf in the background showing a colour range
2nd April 2017: The new leaf is now completely unfurled and is completely white


Unfortunately this plant came to a sad ending – while the all white appearance of the leaf was stunning, the plant didn’t have enough chlorophyll to photosynthesise.  In order for a variegated plant to thrive, there does still need to be some greenery.  Coming soon is a post on successful propagation of a variegated monstera so make sure you subscribe and follow on instagram @greengrow1687

To purchase your own variegated monstera plant, see current sources here.


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11 thoughts on “Variegated Monstera Deliciosa

  1. Hi there,

    Can you please let me know where you got your plant from?
    The site that you linked are currently sold out and besides, they are sent from Thailand 😦
    I also live in Melbourne and would love to get one of these too!!

    Thanks in advance,


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