How to Care Your Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata & Thai Constellation
Monstera Deliciosa, as known as Swiss cheese plant is a species of flowering plant native to tropical forests of southern Mexico, south to Panama. Now it is a popular houseplant because it is a hardy and easy to care for plants. Monstera Deliciosa does not need much attention in your home.
For Albo Variegata and Thai Constellation, they are variegated varieties of Monstera Deliciosa. Lack of chlorophyll on leaves cause they are weaker than green varieties. But these variegation make them stunning. They deserve much attention and care.
The best temperature is 20°C-30°C, a steady minimum temperature of at least 15 °C, allowing continuous growth slowly. Growth ceases below 15 °C and it is dangerous if the temperature is below 10°C.
Keep your plants away from the window in winter. Even though your room is heated, the window temperature will drop down in late night. If leaves touch glass, they can get cold damage, which is irreversible.
Keeping at least 60% humidity can stop Variegated Monstera Deliciosa leaves browning in winter. Use a humidifier or place all plants together to create their own little steamy microclimate.
But do not mist your plants without enough ventilation, water on leaves will increase risk of fungal infection. How to decide when I should mist it? If water on leaves cannot dry out in 1 hour, wipe it and don't do again.
Maybe you have heard do not place Monstera Deliciosa in direct sunlight, but it does not apply to winter. Variegated Monstera Deliciosa need more light than green one, try giving it full sunlight in winter.
Plants rely on photosynthesis to make nutrients, so the light decides how fast your plant can grow. It is normal if your plants grow slowly or cease in winter, accept it or get a grow light.
The high proportion of coarse substrate, like Prelite, Coco Chips and Bark, can improve drainage and root development. But it requires high frequency watering and fertilization, especially in summer. So if you are not a lazy plant parent, you can use more coarse substrate in soil, Variegated Monstera Deliciosa will love it.
Excellent airflow is the most difficult condition for home planting. But breathable pots can help root ventilation for Variegated Monstera Deliciosa.
Terracotta pot definetifally is the best choice, and you can according to the pot colour to know what is water timing. Second choice is plastic pots, you can open more holes on them.
Please use the tiny pot for small plants. You should choose the same size pot as plants' roots. A small pot can increase soil dry-wet cycle frequency. When the root is full in pot, then change one size bigger pot.
Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata and Thai Constellation both are hardy plants, but to make them happy you need to pay much love.