Monstera Deliciosa plants are very popular houseplants due to their uniquely shaped leaves, but of all of the Monstera plants, without a doubt the most coveted is the Variegated Monstera due to their unique colouring – they have patches of white and sometimes (although very rarely) can produce entirely white leaves. Unfortunately they are also difficult to find and often very expensive, so it is important that if you do manage to get your hands on one that you don’t kill it! Luckily through this experiment we have found some tricks to help you ensure your cutting thrives and can grow into a full sized plant. This cutting was purchased online with some root growth and just one leaf in December 2017. Since then it has been placed in a self watering pot which seems to have been a key success factor in it’s growth so far because it has kept the water supply consistent. So far, there are a number of tips for your own success of one of these plants:
Get a self watering pot – Unless you already have confidence in your ability to grow these temperamental cuttings, it is best to get a self watering pot so that you know the plant can have a steady and consistent source of water. This means that the cutting won’t get stressed by erratic watering and can focus on growing! We recommend this pot on Amazon.
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Put it in bright light – While the white parts of the leaves are what make it unique, they aren’t actually functional – these parts lack chlorophyll and so limit the ability for the plant to photosynthesise. Ensuring your plant gets plenty of sunlight will help to counteract this.
The clips that were used are usually called Orchid Clips as they are frequently used to make orchids grow vertically. They are available here. The support sticks are sold on amazon (link)
This cutting has now grown into a medium sized plant – it is extremely healthy and now has grown leaves with more variegation and split leaves. The future is promising for this plant!
The key ingredient to the success of this propagation is the self watering pot. Self watering pots are available in most gardening centres, link to buy online here
If you liked this post you will also like the post we did on an almost completely white variegated Monstera here.
And if you are looking for your own variegated monstera, see our complete guide of where to buy here.