Monstera Albo
Monstera,  Plant Care,  Rare Houseplants,  Variegated Monstera

Monstera Albo

The monstera albo is not too difficult to care for, in fact are very similar in need to their non-variegated relatives, you just need to get their light needs right…

Monstera Albo Care Summary

Light needs:Bright and medium indirect sunlight. Be careful about giving them enough light to encourage variegation, but not o much to much the white parts of the leaves.
Watering needs:Water when the top layer is dry.
Fertilizer:Balanced feed, well diluted, once a month in summer.
Soil:Rich, well draining.
Humidity:70%. Mist them once or twice a week.
Temperature:Normal household temperatures are ok. Move them away from cold windows in the winter.
Where to buy:Try our list of the best rare plant shops.
Other names:Monstera Albo Variegata, Monstera Albo Borsigiana
Common issues:Over and under watering, leaf burn, losing variegation.

Introduction

Welcome to our article on the Monstera Albo. The variegated monstera albo is a classic, it is a rare houseplant lovers dream plant. They have spread like wildfire over Instagram over the last few years too, and for good reason, they look absolutely immense!

Monstera Albo Care

You can care for your monstera albo the same as a normal monsteras, they need indirect sunlight, and water them when the top layer of sail is dry, they do not want to sit in water as this can lead to root rot, but at the same time they do not like to dry fully. They will do well in normal household humidity, but prefer the higher ends of this range, you can mist them every few days if you like.

Monstera Albo Sunlight

The main difference in care to a normal monstera is that this plant needs slightly higher light levels as the white variegated parts of the leaves cannot photosynthesize as well as green areas. So it needs a good amount of indirect sunlight, and this can help to encourage and enhance the variegation. A monstera albo can lose it’s variegation if not given enough light.

However be careful as the white leaves can burn if given too much light, so the key to good monstera albo care is to give them enough indirect sunlight to encourage the variegation but not too much so as to burn the white leaves.

For more on monstera deliciosa care see our guide: Monstera Deliciosa Care.

Leaf Browning

A common issue with a monstera albo is leaf browning. The thing is with these variegated plants is that the white areas are really sensitive to any issues. Big all-white areas of the leaves are very likely to brown at the edges even if the plant is healthy. For example, those really nice half-moon (half white, half green ) leaves that you see on Instagram are very likely to brown at the edges of the white part of the leaf and honestly the best thing to do is to cut off that area of the leaf (I know it’s heart breaking!). If you get an all white leaf it will turn brown very uqicly and die off, more stable and mixed variegations are better in the long run.

But there are a few things you can look out for when you get brown leaf leaf edges on your albo:

  • Check the humidity is high enough.
  • Check the plant is not getting burned from too much sunlight.
  • Check that the plant is not under or overwatered.

The best thing to do is to check you’re ok on humidity, sun and water, and then consider trimming off the brown edges.


Technical, Trend and Price Info

Habitat And General Info

Genus/Species: Genus: Monstera. Species: Monstera Deliciosa Variegata (source).

Natural Habitat: Central America (source).

Zones: 9-10 (source).

Max Size and Spread (and time to get to that size): Ultimate height 2.5-4 meters. Ultimate spread 1-1.5 meters. Time to ultimate height 10-20 years (source) .

Are they toxic to pets?: Toxic to dogs and cats (source).

Popularity

Taken September 2021, showing the last 5 years of worldwide Google search traffic.

Price Data

Europe: 80-300 Euros. USA: 250-300 USD.

(Prices taken from Etsy and Ebay sellers, September 2021, for a full plant).

Social Demand

Instagram Trend: 42854 uses of tag #monsteraalbo.

(Count taken September 2021).

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Please note: Although every effort has been made to provide complete and accurate information, we cannot take responsibility for any error or omissions in the information.


Monstera Albo Pictures

Here’s a few pictures of ours on our Instagram.

Types Of Variegated Monstera

There are a few different types of variegated monstera deliciosa, we run down the four main types here:

Thai constellation: a creamy speckled variegation, rather than big areas of variegation. It has a stable variegation, having been propagated from tissue culture. For more on this see our guide here.

Monstera Albo: this classic has big patches of white. It has less stable variegation than the Thai Constellation, meaning it can revert more easily.

Monstera Aurea: this is rarer than the previous two. It has a yellowy green speckled variegation. These are harder to find and newer.

Mint Monstera: one of the rarest at the moment, it has a light mint green color the the variegated areas instead of white. It looks like the albo from far away, but the minty color is obvious the closer you get, it is a real beauty.

Why is M. Albo so expensive?

These plants can go for up to 5000 US dollars, although some do go for 100 or 200 US dollars /euros on Etsy and Ebay. They are expensive due to huge demand for houseplants as well as monsteras rising in a general trend, as well as the covid lockdown increasing the trend further as people are buying more plants. The supply is fairly limited to a few hundred specialists selling small volumes. The relatively small supply cannot keep up with the huge demand so the price has rocketed.

Monstera Albo Variegata

The Monstera Albo (aka the Monstera Albo Variegata aka Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata) is a white and green variegated monstera. It goes by quite a few names to be honest! It is similar to the Thai Constellation which is also a variegated monstera but the Albo has bigger white patches in general and less speckles.

Monstera Albo

Monstera Albo Borsigiana

What is the monstera albo borsigiana and how is it different to the other monstera albo? The borsigiana is a slightly smaller sub-species of monstera deliciosa. Aswell as being smaller it grows slightly faster too.

Monstera Albo

M. Albo For Sale

These expensive plants can be found for sale on Etsy, which is where I got mine. Specialist rare houseplant stores will have them as well from time to time, see our list here: Rare Plant Shops.

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