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Monstera Borsigiana “albo variegata”
Variegation: The defining feature of this plant is its variegated leaves, which can have different patterns ranging from simple white or cream streaks to more complex marbling. The variegation is a result of a genetic mutation that affects chlorophyll production in the leaves, leading to striking colouration.
Growth habit: Similar to the regular Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant), the Monstera Borsigiana “Albo Variegata” is a climbing plant in its natural habitat. It will produce aerial roots and attach itself to surfaces as it grows. Indoors, it can be trained to climb up a moss pole or allowed to trail as a cascading plant.
Light: Variegated Monstera plants require bright, indirect light to maintain their variegation. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can lead to sunburn and damage to the leaves. A spot with bright, filtered light is ideal.
Temperature: This plant prefers warm temperatures and thrives in average room temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but should be protected from frost and cold drafts.
Humidity: Variegated Monstera plants appreciate higher humidity levels. If the air is too dry, you can increase humidity by misting the leaves or using a humidifier.
Watering: Like other Monstera varieties, “Albo Variegata” prefers slightly moist but well-draining soil. Water when the top inch of the soil feels dry, and avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix suitable for tropical plants. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well for these plants.
Fertilizer: During the growing season (spring and summer), feed your Monstera Borsigiana “Albo Variegata” with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength every two to four weeks. Reduce or stop fertilizing in the dormant period (fall and winter).
Pruning: Regular pruning can help control the plant’s size and shape. You can trim back leggy growth and remove any damaged or yellowing leaves.
Propagation: Propagation of this variegated Monstera can be done through stem cuttings with at least one node and a few leaves. It’s essential to choose a cutting that has variegation, as not all cuttings will have the same pattern. Propagation can take some time, and new growth may not show variegation immediately.
As the Monstera Borsigiana “Albo Variegata” is a highly sought-after plant, it can be more expensive and harder to find than the standard Monstera varieties. Additionally, due to the rarity of the variegation, not all cuttings or plants will display the same level of variegation or patterns. Nonetheless, with proper care and attention, this unique plant can be a stunning addition to any indoor plant collection.
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