Rapid Growth of a Variegated Monstera
The Variegated Monstera is a rare variety of Monstera plant which has white patches of colour on the leaves. It is actually a rare mutation, and the amount of white colouring can vary from plant to plant, and even from leaf to leaf on the same plant. The white parts of the leaves don’t have chlorophyll, and so a plant with too much white may die because it is unable to photosynthesise enough to feed the plant.
This post follows a variegated monstera grown by @laplantsociety on instagram, showing growth from a small four leaf plant to a large and tall plant with countless leaves in around 18 months.
Variegated Monsteras are popular, and because they are also rare, they can be quite expensive. If you are interested in purchasing one, it might be most viable to buy a single leaf cutting and propagate from that. A full series of posts about a propagation from a single leaf, including the tips on how to ensure the cutting thrives, is here.
If you are intersted in buying your own, I have a post which is updated regularly with links of current ones for sale in various parts of the world. If there isn’t anything available, it’s worth checking back again soon! Link to current rare plants for sale online.
1st July 2019
One trick that you can do with aerial roots is to train them down to the soil so that they have access to the water with the plants. It can be a bit hard to do when they are older and more rigid so it’s best to train the roots down when they are young and still malleable. When angled down to the soil, the aerial roots grow quite strong and can eventually self support the plant itself. For more information on a post where this was done, see this post.
If you enjoyed this post, you will also enjoy this three part post on the growth of another variegated monstera. Also here is the link to the post which has current variegated monstera for sale online.