Without a doubt, the Monstera deliciosa variegata is one of the plants that can most attract your attention. In fact, it is less known than adansonii variegata, but it is also less expensive than it.
Now, as a variegata, that’s tricky. A lot. Therefore, when you invest in it, the last thing you want is to lose it. For this reason, today we want to tell you about the characteristics of Monstera deliciosa variegata and the most important care for your plant to feel happy and develop properly.
How is the Monstera deliciosa variegata
First, we are going to tell you about the Monstera deliciosa variegata. This tropical plant is native to Mexico and Central America and the most characteristic feature is its variegation, that is, the leaves have white or yellow parts, which makes it very attractive to look at.
Monstera deliciosa has fairly large, sometimes heart-shaped leaves. These have a coarse texture and are quite shiny. To realize their size, you should know that they can measure up to 90 cm long and 75 cm wide. Of course, this doesn’t always happen, as it will only happen in perfect conditions (almost, almost like its natural habitat).
Regarding its size, it can reach a height of 6 to 9 meters in its natural habitat. This means that if you have it at home, it is normal for it to grow 2-3 meters.
Now we have to warn you and it is that, although it is a “fetish” plant because its appearance is unique (it does not have two identical leaves, you never know how they will appear, etc. .) its price is not cheap. It is quite expensive and often hard to find. If you add to this that it is more delicate in its care, few people dare to buy it and have it in their collection (or they do, but by cuttings, etc.).
Having a Monstera deliciosa variegata is like having a Monstera deliciosa, only the leaves have spots. Therefore, the characteristics to remember of this plant are the following:
Variegating: The main characteristic of Monstera deliciosa variegata is its variegation, which refers to the presence of white or yellow areas on the leaves. This happens due to a lack of chlorophyll in certain areas of the leaf. Even on some occasions you may find that you get completely white sheets.
Size: The leaves of Monstera deliciosa variegata are quite large, as we told you, but they are usually a little smaller than those of Monstera deliciosa. Sometimes it’s something imperceptible. But it has something good is that the shape of the heart, even with broken leaves, remains longer than in the normal delicious.
Popularity: Monstera deliciosa variegata is a very popular houseplant due to its unique and striking appearance, and is prized by many gardeners and plant collectors. In fact, if the habit is to find delicious Monsteras for a few euros (there are some for less than 20 euros), in the case of variegatas the price cannot go below 80 euros (and it is already cheap).
Difference between Monstera deliciosa variegata and adansonii variegata
Monstera deliciosa variegata and Monstera adansonii variegata are two beautiful plants, and different from each other, although sometimes you can confuse them if you ignore certain aspects.
As with the “normal” version of the two plants, the main difference between them is the shape of their leaves. Monstera deliciosa variegata has large, oval leaves, while Monstera adansonii variegata has smaller, needle-like leaves. Also, Monstera deliciosa variegata generally has fewer leaves than Monstera adansonii variegata.
Another important difference is how they grow. While the deliciosa is a climber that can reach 6 meters, the adansonii does not grow that much.
Monstera deliciosa variegata care
Monstera deliciosa variegata care is similar to regular Monstera deliciosa, but due to its variegation it may be more delicate and require additional care. Therefore, here we are going to give you the special keys that you need to follow.
location and lighting
Whenever you can, place the plant in a well-lit area. But don’t be direct. You can put it inside and outside the house. But avoid areas with direct light as the leaves are very delicate and can burn easily.
As for the temperature, as with the Monstera deliciosa, you should have it on average between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius, although it generally adapts better to changes in temperature. However, in the case of the delicious variegata, it must be borne in mind that it is better to give it this constant temperature because the changes can influence the health of the plant.
When transplanting or potting your plant, choose nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. This way you will prevent water from accumulating in the soil and rotting the roots.
The Monstera deliciosa variegata is a plant that needs regular but not constant, and much better abundant, watering. The best thing to do is to water it and wait for the layer of substrate to dry to start again.
More than irrigation, humidity is one of the most important cares for Monstera deliciosa variegata. You need to spray water on the leaves. But make sure the water is lukewarm and don’t go too deep because you could cause too much moisture and it wouldn’t be the most suitable either.
Use fertilizer regularly to grow well and maintain its variegation. The best is one that is liquid for indoor plants. It is better to start it once a month, but not all year round, but only during the growing season.
Plagues and diseases
Some of the pests and diseases you need to watch out for include spider mites, scale insects, whiteflies and fungi.
Regarding diseases, it is especially important to pay attention to the excess or lack of light, irrigation and temperature.
As you can see, having a Monstera deliciosa variegata can be a luxury. But if you take good care of it, the sight you will have in your home with it is worth admiring. Do you have such a plant at home? What would be the biggest fear you would have?