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Variegated Monstea Variegated Monstera

We're all familiar with the common Monstera, sometimes called the "Swiss Cheese Plant" or "Split-Leaf Philodendron".  The Variegated Monstera is a beautiful rare form with outstanding variegation.  All the leaves shown here are from the same plant!  The pattern changes from leaf to leaf, and no two are ever alike.  It's always exciting to see what the next leaf will look like.   Some will be all white on one half, while others will be evenly splashed with white as if splattered with paint.  Occasionally a leaf will be almost entirely white.  This is a stable variety in that it has never reverted to all green or all white.  It is a highly decorative houseplant that happens to be easy to grow!

Variegated Monstera borsigiana

The variegated Monstera is a vining plant that likes to climb about.  It is easily grown indoors, where it will cover a wall and ceiling with its dramatic leaves.  Even the stems are variegated!  As the plant grows larger, the leaves increase in size, and the "holes" become more numerous.  The thick, leathery leaves can grow 15 to 20 inches long.  The plant sends down long aerial roots up to 10 feet long, creating a terrific, tropical jungle look.  These aerial roots may be difficult to remove from walls & furniture, so be careful where you let them attach.  You may cut them off if you wish.  Like the non-variegated Monstera, it makes delicious fruit!

Variegated monstera

I'm unsure about the species name for this plant.  Some call it Monstera deliciosa var. Borsigiana, while others call it Monstera borsigiana.  In any case, this is a Zone 10 tropical that is happiest above 50 degrees, although i have heard it can tolerate temperatures in the 30s.  It is unusually easy to grow and low-maintenance.  Just give it fertile, well-draining soil, bright light, and some humidity.  Prolonged, direct sunlight may burn the leaves, so it's best to give it filtered light.  It does not need a lot of light to thrive.

Complete growing tips for it are here.

 

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