Variegated Monstera

Monstera Variegata

Monstera Variegata FAQs

Welcome to our Variegated Monstera category page. These white and green beauties are highly coveted and hugely hash-tagged on Instagram too! With the big increase in popularity of houseplants in general, these often top the charts of rare houseplant collectors most wanted. You can read all our related articles here, plus a brief FAQ below... We have articles on all types of variegated monsteras, here are a few...  Monstera Thai Constellation, Monstera Adansonii Variegated, Monstera Standleyana, Monstera Albo. Also see our guide: How To Propagate Monstera Albo. You might also like these articles too: Monstera Trellis, Monstera Propagation, Monstera Leaves Curling, When Do Monstera Leaves Split?

How Fast Do Variegated Monstera Grow?

Variegated monstera grow slightly slower than their prolifically growing cousin the monstera deliciosa, this is because variegated plants have less green chlorophyll in their leaves and so do not process light energy into growth as efficiently. They can still grow well over 1 or 2 feet a year, (50cm or so) depending on their original size and conditions.

Why Are Variegated Monstera So Expensive?

Variegated monstera are well in demand, more so than supply, which pushes prices up. Even though some have been mass produced with tissue culture, the demand for plants has increased too, so prices remain high.

What Is Sport Variegated Monstera?

Sport variegation is a freak variegation that occurs in a new leaf. It is often not very stable and the next leaf may well turn back to normal. Plant breeders will often propagate the sport node and leaf to try to breed a plant that has a more stable variegation that can be sold as stable after propagating it for a few generations.

Where Do Variegated Monstera Come From?

Some variegated plants come from genetic mutations in the wild, and some get them domestically and are then bred to make the variegation more stable. The Thai Constellation is propagated en masse with tissue culture process in a lab.

Where Can I Buy One?

There are lots of specialist online dealers. I got mine from Etsy and plenty show up on Ebay too. Also try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

How To Encourage Variegation In A Monstera

You can encourage more variegation in a plant that is already variegated by giving it as much indirect sunlight as you can (but no direct sun). If they produce less variegated foliage you can cut it back to the node which last produced good variegation, to try to encourage more variegated growth.

Variegated Monstera Seeds

A lot of people ask about growing them from seeds... No! they should be propagated from a cutting. Variegation is a mutation and there is absolutely no guarantee seeds will have it.

Variegated Monstera Price

They go for ridiculous prices, some for over 5000 euros or US Dollars. Especially the Adansonii which can cost 1000 euros for a small plant.

What Causes Variegation?

Variegation in monsteras is caused by a mutation that causes a lack of chlorophyll in the mutated cells.

Can a Monstera Variegata Revert?

Variegation is not stable and so, sometimes, they can revert to all green where the variegation disappears entirely. Thai Constellations do revert, but it is much less common, the variegation is much stable in this regard. Monstera Adansoniis can revert too, for more on this see our guide: Monstera Adansonii Variegated.

Variegated Monstera Albo Vs Thai

There are 2 main types of these monstera on sale: Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata which has clearer patches of green and white, or the Thai Constellation which has smaller patches of white and speckles in the green For more on these plants see our guides: Monstera Thai Constellation, and Monstera Albo.

Sport Variegated Monstera Adansonii

Sport variegation on an adansonii normally shows a a patterning of lighter, light green on those dark lush leaves. Ii is not normally stable and will often revert.

How To Encourage Sport Variegation

You cannot really encourage sport variegation, it is a genetic mutation. It does tend to occur when the lant is well lit and occurs less if the plant gets too little light.

Is Sport Variegation Stable?

Sport variegation is not stable, it is a mutation it will very likely revert, or if it does not revert it is unlikely it will propagate and produce sport variegated children.

Tissue Culture Variegated Monstera

The Thai Constellation is tissue cultured and is stable.

How To Propagate A Variegated Monstera

You can propagate a variegated monstera the same say as other monsteras, take a node cutting with at least one node and  one leaf, root it in a jar of filtered tap water, and once the roots get big in a couple of moths you can pot it up into a good soil. For more on monstera propagation see our guide here: Monstera Propagation.

Variegated Monstera USDA Zone

Technically they can grow in USDA hardiness zone is 10b to 12, but they are much better indoors away from the elements, as any issues from the weather will show on the white parts of the leaves.

Are They Toxic To Cats?

They are mildly to moderately toxic to cats and dogs if eaten, causing numbness and sickness, so seek verts advice immediately.

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

    Monstera Albo

    The monstera albo is a stunningly beautiful, expensive and in demand rare aroid, loved by plant collectors the world over the good news is they are not too difficult to care for as indoor plants, in fact they 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,…

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  • Monstera Standleyana
    Monstera,  Plant Care,  Rare Houseplants,  Variegated Monstera

    Monstera Standleyana

    Welcome to our guide to monstera standleyana care. One of my wish-list plants, the monstera standleyana, is a great non-fussy tropical household plant that will impress anyone who sees it! Monstera Standleyana Summary Light needs: Plenty of indirect sunlight but no direct sunlight. Watering needs: Water when the top inch or 2 cms is dry. Fertilizer: Feed monthly in the spring and summer with a well-diluted balanced plant feed. Soil: A well draining potting mix with plenty of perlite. Humidity: 50%. Temperature: 18°C to 28°C (64-82°F). Where to buy: Try our list of Rare Plant Shops. Other names: Five holes plant, monstera standleyana albo variegata or philodendron cobra. Common issues:…

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  • How To Clean Monstera Leaves
    Monstera,  Variegated Monstera

    How To Clean Monstera Leaves

    Monsteras seem to collect dust really easily and can do with a clean every now and again. I clean mine each month. We cover all you need to know about cleaning monstera leaves in this quick and concise guide. See also: Monstera Albo, Monstera Thai Constellation, Monstera Deliciosa Care, for a full guide to caring for these plants, as well as our other posts: How To Propagate Monstera Albo. What You’ll Need You will need: Why Clean Your Monstera Leaves? Letting your plant get dusty not only makes it looks skanky (yes skanky!) but dust or grime and stop the plant getting enough light and photosynthesizing properly. So it’s a…

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  • How To Propagate Monstera Albo
    Monstera,  Variegated Monstera

    How To Propagate Monstera Albo

    Welcome to our guide to propagating a monstera albo, covering soil, leca and moss methods with step by step instructions and pictures from my propagations. Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far. A note about affiliate links: when you buy a plant, pots, soil, or other goods through links on this article we sometimes earn a commission. It doesn’t cost you anything, but it really helps us out if you do use them. Thanks a lot! An example of this is if you…

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  • Monstera Adansonii Variegata
    Monstera,  Monstera Adansonii,  Plant Care,  Rare Houseplants,  Variegated Monstera

    Monstera Adansonii Variegated

    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. Temperature: 20-25°C (68-77°F). 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…

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  • Monstera Thai Constellation
    Monstera,  Plant Care,  Rare Houseplants,  Variegated Monstera

    Monstera Thai Constellation

    Welcome to our guide to monstera thai constellation care. This plant is the big ticket item, the money shot(!) A beautiful monstera with dashes of white and off-white variegation reminiscent of a constellation of stars.  Monstera Thai Constellation Care Summary Light needs: Bright indirect sunlight. Watering needs: Water when the top half of the soil is dry, check it once a week. Fertilizer: Use a balanced feed, well diluted, once a month in summer. Soil: Rich, well draining aroid mix with perlite, potting compost and orchid bark in equal parts. Humidity: 60% or more. Temperature: Aim for 17-23°C (63-73°F), do not let them get below 5°C (41°F) at night. Where…

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