If you haven’t heard of the albino Monstera Variegata, where have you been? This rare houseplant has surged in popularity over the past two years due to its stunning foliage. It’s practically on any and every houseplant-related Instagram feed nowadays.
Here is why every rare plant collector needs their own Monstera Variegata “Albo”. Don’t worry – we also have all the details you need to care for it properly.
Monstera D. Variegata vs Monstera Deliciosa
As a variegated version of the Monstera Deliciosa, you have the traditional look of this sprawling tropical plant. Each mature leaf has holes, also called “fenestrations”, which is a trademark look for Monsteras.
What sets this houseplant apart from the common Monstera Deliciosa is its coloring. Variegation in a houseplant is caused by a genetic mutation, resulting in the white marbled color. Variegation in leaves does not commonly occur in nature, making this houseplant rare and highly valuable. You wont find two leaves that are the same, so there is always a surprise when each new leaf unfurls and how the pattern looks. There is a possibility to loose variegation or get an over variegated leaf that can cause it to fall off. Propogate the plant from where you think it has been well.
Caring for Variegated Monsteras
As tropical plants, heat and humidity will activate faster growth. Since the variegated leaves product less chlorophyll, adequate lighting is essential. Keep your Monstera Variegata in bright indirect light.
Monstera plants are also vining plants, meaning they will need stability as they grow. Provide a totem pole for your Monstera to wrap around for stronger and faster growth.
The most common problem is overwatering and root rot. To prevent this, pot your Variegata in well-draining soil, and only water when the top few cm of soil feel dry to the touch.