The coveted variegated monstera is one of the hottest rare plants for 2020! The iconic split leaves of the Monstera deliciosa are unmistakable, except rather than green, this plant’s foliage is either partially or entirely hypnotic white. It’s a plant commonly referred to as the Variegated Monstera, and though pictures of it populate our Instagram feeds, getting your hands on one is no easy task.
Many plants with white variegation tend to be more delicate than their green counterparts, and the Variegated Monstera is no exception. Naturally, this can occur in all sorts of features, but when there’s a mutation in chlorophyll, the green pigmentation in plants, we call that chimera variegation, resulting in a mix of tissue with the chlorophyll and tissue without it, the latter resulting in shades of silver and pale yellow. Growing them is not only slow, but also requires a certain level of skill. Combine this with incredibly high demand, and you’ve got a rare plant that is going to be tough to find, and if you do find it, it will cost you!
How to Care for Variegated Monstera Plant
For the most part, variegated monstera aren’t too different from their fully green counterparts, which is great news! Monstera deliciosa are known for being tough plants that grow rapidly in good light and only need regular watering. The main difference is the white portion of the variegated Monstera leaves cannot absorb light, so the plant needs to work twice as hard to photosynthesize. Therefore, low light conditions are not ideal and you should keep your variegated Monstera in bright ambient light to make it happy.
Monsteras appreciate a warm, humid environment, a good amount of water and gentle sunlight. Place your Monstera away from vents and drafts where it would be subjected to dry air and in a spot where it can receive medium to bright indirect light.