Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care (summary):
In general rhaphidophora tetrasperma are easy to care for… They like bright indirect sunlight, normal household temperature range is fine for them. Water it once the top layer of soil dries out (about once a week in the summer), and for a really happy plant you can give it a little extra humidity with a pebble tray under it.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care Summary
|Light needs:||Lots of indirect sunlight, but will be ok in lower light areas of your home,|
|Watering needs:||Check the soil each week, do not water unless the top 50% is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Use a general purpose houseplant fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A peat-based, well-draining potting compost.|
|Humidity:||50% or more.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Mini monstera, the monstera minima.|
|Common issues:||Root rot from over watering.|
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care Introduction
Welcome to our Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma care guide. Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma aka the mini monstera, aka the monstera minima, is a vine-like plant that is similar looking to monstera, it looks to me like an artist drew a monstera from memory! They are fast becoming a very popular plant. It is a really nice small, climbing tropical houseplant, that grows quickly and are easy to care for.
The are totally different plants to the monstera deliciosa, but looks similar and have really similar care instructions. The main difference is the way they grow in one long line of vine and no lots of individual branches and stems.
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma like indirect sunlight, but will be ok in lower light areas of your home, but this may make them slightly more leggy or slower growing. You can always have two plants, one in a low light area and one brighter and then swap them at watering time to keep both plants growing well.
How Often to Water A Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
Let the top layer dry out before watering, but do not let it dry out completely. Test it with your finger. The idea is to keep the plant moist, but do not let it sit in water or it could get root rot. Root rot is one of the biggest killers of this plant, so this is definitely one to be careful of. The best thing to do is to check it once a week and if the top inch or so is still wet then do not water it again.
Use a general purpose houseplant fertilizer once a month in the warmer growing season. Do not feed in winter when the plants grow less.
These tropical houseplants love a peat-based, well-draining potting compost. You can add some perlite for drainage too. It is important that they are well draining so that the roots do not get soggy and suffer from root rot.
When To Repot A Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
Repot your plant in spring, they will need repotting most years as they grow very fast.
Rhaphidophora Tetraspermas like humidity, you can mist them regularly or give them a humidity saucer (stand the plant on a saucer of pebbles or lecca, and keep the saucer wet to increase humidity around the plant). I mist mine 3 times a week.
20°C-30°C (68°F-86°F) is a good temperature range for a Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma. They will do well in household temperatures, but do not let them get too cold (down to below 12°C-30°C).
Where To Buy a Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
They are becoming more and more popular and are starting to come up for sale in florists and plant shops. Try to support your local plant store if you can. If not you can get these from specialist plant dealers, see our article on Rare Plant Shops.
Other Names for Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, mini monstera, the monstera minima.
How To Propagate A Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
Water propagation is the easiest and cheapest way to propagate rhaphidophora tetrasperma. Follow these steps:
- Step 1: Take a cutting with a node (the wider knuckle from where branches grow) and at least one leaf.
- Step 2: You can then put each cutting in water to root. You should use see-through containers to monitor root growth.
- Step 3: Keep the cutting in bright indirect sunlight close to a window sill so it gets the energy it needs to develop roots.
- Step 4: Roots should be fully grown in a bout 2 months and then you can pot it up in soil.
Sphagnum Moss Propagation
Sphagnum moss is a great medium to encourage root growth, it can keep nodes moist but also give them access to air which is a winning combination. You need to pre-soak some sphagnum moss, take some node cuttings (with a node and at least one leaf) and put each one into a separate cup with the wet moss in it. Then keep it damp and in a well-lit location until it grows roots (it can take up to 2 months). Then pot it up in soil.
Personally I love sphagnum moss and I find that they root really quickly and strongly, especially under grow lights.
If you cut the plant back to make cuttings it often grows more than one vine from the base, making the plant bushier overall. You can also plant the cuttings back into the main pot too, to make the plant fuller if that is what you’re looking for. It is also really striking looking to just let a single vine grow up the wall.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma FAQs and Common Problems
Be careful of root rot, it is the biggest killer as the plant needs to be kept moist but hates to stand in water. So make sure the plant is in a well draining and medium and not overwatered, let the top layer dry out fully before watering again.
Can Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Grow In Water?
Yes you can take a cutting, root it in water and then let it grow there indefinitely.
See also Can Monstera Live In Water?
Can Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Grow In Leca?
Mini monstera will grow well in leca. You can use just water, but it will do better if you use a semi-hydroponic fertilizer.
Where To Cut Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma?
You want to cut below a node, these are the points where leaves and branches grow, which is where the cutting will put out roots from too.
How To Make Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Bushier?
You make it bushier by taking a few cuttings and rooting them in water, then plant them back in with the main plant. If you have any untidy or ‘leggy’ branches, use them for the cuttings.
Is Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Toxic To Cats?
They are toxic to cat and dogs if eaten. Seek vets advice if you pet consumes it.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Vs Pertusa
The pertusa has fenestrations that are more likely to have a hole in the leaf, where as the tetrasperma does not have holes.
Why Is My Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Turning Yellow?
Yellow leaves occur from too much or too little water, check if the soil is damp or dry to see which one it is. You can fix under-watering with good regular watering, but if the plant is over-watered, get it out of the soil, let the roots dry and then repot in dry soil.
Why Is My Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Drooping?
The most common reason for drooping is overwatering so check the soil, and let the roots dry out. If it looks really bad, take the plant out of it’s soil and repot in fresh dry soil once dried out.
How To Train A Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
You can train your rhaphidophora tetrasperma to grow up a trellis, they look much better trained up a pole or the wall than being let to hang down or sprawl. Although they do have some aerial roots and are natural climbers, you may need to use some ties too, to secure it. Velcro strips are good for this as they can be removed and re-used as you like and are less likely to cut in to the plant than twine or wire.
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