If you are looking for an interesting and exotic houseplant, you should consider a Monstera albo variegata. This plant is beautiful and easy to care for, making it a popular choice for home gardeners. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about growing a Monstera albo variegata!
The uniqueness of monstera albo variegata
The uniqueness of the plant lies in its beautiful foliage. The leaves are mottled with white and green, which gives it a stunning appearance. This plant is native to Central America and grows in warm and humid climates. It is an evergreen liana that can grow up to 20 feet long! Such a plant is quite expensive in the demand market, where it is often auctioned off, making it possible to buy a specimen for good money.
It is the white color on the leaves of the monster alb that adds to the value of the plant, because such color is very hard to maintain and care for. Together with the green shade, white looks very beautiful, dignified, expensive and luxurious, so monstera albo variegata is very popular among owners of chic restaurants, hotels, mansions.
Features of monstera albo variegata
Monster albo variegata is a plant native to Mexico and Central America. It is a member of the Araceae family. It has large, glossy, dark green leaves, mottled with white or cream flecks. The white flecks can be larger and take up almost half of the leaf. Everything will depend on the care and health of the plant. Monster alba has a cellular mutation that caused recessive genes to appear, which in turn led to the appearance of white color on the leaves.
Care of Monster Albo Variegata
In terms of light, this plant does best in bright indirect light. However, it can also tolerate low light, but little time. If you notice that the leaves are starting to turn yellow or fall off, this is a sign that the plant is not getting enough light. Lighting for such a plant is very important, as this will directly affect its pattern and pattern on the leaves. It is important to experiment with the location of the monstera, where it is allowed to put it on the windowsill of the east window in the beginning, and if there is not enough light, then move it to the south. But in the second case on the window facing south, you need to have a curtain to cover it and hide the monster from the direct rays of sunlight.
Your Monstera Albo Variegata will do best when watered evenly and consistently. Allow the topsoil to dry between waterings. During the growing season (spring and summer), watering may be required once a week or so. In winter, when growth slows, watering can be reduced. Remember that the plant is a tropical plant where drought is common, so it is better to under-water than over-water. If there is too much water, root rot can develop.
Monstera Albo Variegata prefers humid conditions. If the air in your home is dry, place the plant in a group with other indoor plants, turn on a humidifier or place the plant on a tray with pebbles filled with water. The optimum humidity level for a monster is 70-85%. You can spray the plant with clean, warm water during the day when it’s especially hot outside. During cooler months, reduce spraying to once every 2 days.
Monstera Albo Variegata grows best in warm temperatures of 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit (18-29 degrees Celsius). If the temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), growth slows down. If the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius), growth will stop. The plant will recover when the temperature returns to normal. But you don’t want to put your beauty to such a test, as it takes the cold very negatively. In some cases it may not recover and die from the cold. It is important to make sure that the plant is not standing in a draught or under a vent.
The plant prefers a well-drained, humus-rich soil mixture. You can make your own mix by mixing 2 parts peat moss, 2 parts perlite and 1 part vermiculite. Or you can buy a commercial potting mix for houseplants. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, coke fiber, orchid bark and garden soil would be a very harmonious filling. The soil will then have all the necessary components for the healthy growth of the Monster. The pH of the soil should range from 5.5 to 7.0.
Fertilize Monstera Albo Variegata every 2 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half the rate. If you see the plant growing very fast, you can fertilize it once a week. Slow down or stop fertilizing in the winter when growth slows down. Be sure to buy only quality fertilizer, as Monstera Albo is very sensitive to the addition of any chemicals or substandard products.
Popular Questions and Answers
Is monstera albo variegata toxic?
The plant has a sap that, when ingested by animals, causes vomiting, swelling and irritation of the mouth, and difficulty breathing. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that your animal does not chew on the plant. Such a plant is also toxic to humans.
Why isn’t my monstera albo variegata growing?
One of the most common problems with monstera albo variegata is that they don’t get enough light. These plants need bright, indirect sunlight to thrive. If you don’t provide the plant with enough light, it will gradually begin to lose its mottled color and return to being completely green. It can also be affected by temperature, for if it is too cold, it will inevitably stunt its growth.
What diseases and pests does monstera albo variegata suffer from?
One of the most common diseases affecting Monster alb variegata is root rot. This disease is caused by excessive watering and causes the roots of the plant to be unable to absorb water and nutrients from the soil. As the disease progresses, the plant’s leaves begin to turn yellow and fall off. If this happens, the affected areas must be removed and the watering level monitored to prevent this situation from occurring again.
The white-green beauty is very fond of spider mites and scab mites, which feed on the sap of the plant. Garden oils, neem or citronella oil and special sprays from horticultural stores will help to get rid of them and prevent their appearance.