In general the monstera adansonii variegated is easy to care for, just give them plenty of light but be careful not to burn those amazing leaves…
Monstera Adansonii Variegated Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight, but not in direct sunlight as this can cause the leaves to burn.|
|Watering needs:||Water once a week if top layer of soil dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Balanced feed, once a month in summer, use a well diluted feed.|
|Soil:||Rich, well draining.|
|Humidity:||50% or more.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Monstera Adansonii Variegated, Monstera Adansonii Variegata, Variegated Monkey Mask Monstera.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering, leaf burn on the variegation.|
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Monstera Adansonii Variegated
The Monstera Adansonii Variegated aka Monstera Adansonii Variegata aka the Variegated Monkey Mask Monstera is the darling of rare house plant collectors and Instagram plant aficionados alike! This is one of the most sought after plants and it is not difficult to see why, it is an absolute beauty. The normal non-variegated monkey mask monstera is a really pretty plant, but the variegated one is just amazing. We’ll dive into how to look after and propagate yours in this guide to the variegated monstera adansonii.
Monstera Adansonii Variegata Price
While this is much loved it is also very, very rare, and so it is unbelievably expensive. At the time of writing this plant is in the thousands of euros/dollars. And depending on size they can be mega-mega money! Small 2-leaf baby plants go for 1000-3000 US Dollars on Etsy and Ebay. Bigger ones cost even more! This is a really expensive plant. However monsteras can be relatively easily propagated, so these could be a great investment.
I personally could not bring myself to hand over that cash though, in case it dies in the post!
Where To Buy Monstera Adansonii Variegata
Monstera Adansonii Variegated Care
This plant needs similar care to the non-variegated Monstera Adansonii, it will thrive in bright but indirect sunlight. The Variegated Adansonii will need a little more light in general due to fact it is variegated so it should be in a bright location, but not in direct sunlight as this can cause the leaves to burn. They like a peaty but well draining environment.
Be careful not to overwater these as root rot can be a common issue – let the top of the soil totally dry out between watering. Which means watering it about once a week in hotter months and about every two weeks in the colder months, but always check the soil is dry first.
Spraying and cleaning the leaves is a good idea too so they don’t get dusty. Apart from making it look good it reduces the chances of it it getting overtaken by pests.
It is a great household plant that likes household temperatures and household humidity levels.
The variegated monstera adansonii needs a good amount of indirect sunlight, a little bit more than it’s non variegated version due to the fat it cannot process the light as well. However at the same time it is also more prone to burning due to the variegated parts being sensitive, so you can have to be careful to give it plenty of sunlight but not let it get burned by too harsh direct sun. You can also use a grow light to supplement the light if needed.
How Often to Water
The monstera adansonii variegata likes to be kept wet, but you need to be careful of root rot. The best thing to do is to stick your finger in the soil once a week and if it is half or more dry then water your plant.
In the growing season (the hotter spring and summer months) you can feed the plant every 2 or 3 weeks with a balanced plant feed. Make sure it is well diluted, you do not want to burn those leaves.
A well draining peat based potting mix will suit a monstera adansonii variegata well. You can also grow the plant in sphagnum moss alone.
For more on buying or making your own soil, see our guide here: Monstera Soil.
When To Repot
If you variegated monkey mask is root bound you can repot this plant in spring before the growing season starts.
50% or more. They are tropical houseplants, they like humidity. Keep them with other plants and try to maintain a humid environment (you can use a wet pebble bath too) , to keep the leaves as lush as possible.
Normal household temperatures will be fine, but 20-25°C (68-77°F) will be ideal to encourage growth.
Other Names for Monstera Adansonii Variegated
Monstera Adansonii Variegated, Monstera Adansonii Variegata, Variegated Monkey Mask Monstera.
Monstera Adansonii Variegated Design/Display Tips
This plant is great on it´s own, but they look stunning on a moss pole showing off their expensive leaves. Here’s one I found on Instgram…
They also look great a hanging plant or on a shelf with leaves trailing down.
Monstera Adansonii Variegata Propagation
You can propagate Monstera Adansonii Variegata in sphagnum moss by taking a cutting with a node and a brand or two, then putting the cutting in a cup of moist sphagnum moss. Keep it moist and in a bright window that gets plenty of indirect sunlight and the roots should grow quickly. If you use a see-though cut you can see the root growth.
You can propagate a Monstera Adansonii Variegata by water propagation – take a cutting that includes a node and put it in a jar of tap water. Then wait a month of so until it roots grow well, and pot it up in a good well draining potting compost.
How To Make Monstera Adansonii Variegated
You cannot directly make a variegated plant variegated, but you can help it to keep it’s variegation by giving it plenty of indirect sunlight. If your plant starts to lose it’s variegation (revert), you can give it more indirect light, and you can cut the lesser variegated leaves back, which can encourage the next leaves to grow back with more variegation.
Monstera Adansonii Variegata Archipelago
The adansonii archipelago is the main version of the plant that you see for sale – the white and green variegated monkey mask.
Monstera Adansonii Variegated Aurea
The aurea is similar to the normal variegated adansonii but instead of white it has light greeny yellow variegated parts to it’s leaves.
Monstera Adansonii Variegata FAQs and Common Problems
Overwatering is a common issue as the plants needs a good amount of water, but can get root rot if it sits in water for too long. So make sure you let the top layer of soil dry out between watering as well as give the plant a well draining pot and compost.
Monstera Adansonii Variegated Price
The variegated adansoniis regularly sell for over 1000 euros (over 1200 US Dollars) on online sales sites like Ebay and Etsy. The bigger ones go for a lot more, some even five figure amounts.
This expensive beauty is relatively easy to care for and an amazing addition to your home or plant collection. But be prepared, while it may bring you joy it will make your accountant cry!
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