Variegated Monstera: Everything you need to know?

Have you ever seen a variegated Monstera (or Swiss Cheese Plant) plant before?

Variegated Monstera plants are becoming more and more popular as people realize how beautiful they can be which also makes them great houseplants.

In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about these unique plants including what they look like, where they come from, and how to take care of them!

If you want a plant that is both beautiful and rare then the variegated Monstera might be just what you’ve been looking for!

And if you’re not sure whether or not this type of plant would work well with your lifestyle, don’t worry – we’ll tell you exactly how to make it fit right into your space.

So read on now so that by the end of this article, you’ll have all the information needed to get started with growing these amazing plants yourself.

Variegated Monstera: Everything you need to know?

What is Variegation?

Variegation is a type of mutation in Monsteras that manifests itself typically as white splotches or lighter patches on the leaves.

It is majorly because this mutation stops the plant’s cells from chlorophyll production resulting in discoloration in the tissue.

Depending on the plant species, these light patches may be pale green, yellowish, or even white which is why they are so popular as houseplants.

There are mainly two types of variegation found in Monsteras:

  1. marbling and
  2. sectoral. 

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What is Marbling Variegation?

Marbling is when the color of leaf veins and pores are different than the rest of the leaf.

These Monsteras typically have white or light green marbling with shades of pink or gray in between

What is Sectoral Variegation?

The variegation on sectored leaves will be present all across and along the veins of a Monstera leaf

These typically have very pure white variegation.

Types of Variegated Monsteras

Monstera deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’

One of the most popular types of Monstera with variegation is the Thai constellation.

While these are often green, they usually have speckles (start-like patterns) of light yellow or creamy white throughout to white leaves.

These are very interesting plants because they can sometimes transition to having all white leaves!

Monstera deliciosa ‘Albo Borsigiana’

Otherwise known as albo, this monstera is incredible because of its pure white variegation.

The leaves are sometimes speckled with bits of green towards the center (stem side) of the leaf, but these are even rarer!

The albo Monstera is also distinguished for being a small-leaved monstera variety, resulting in it being more compact in maturity.

Monstera deliciosa ‘Aurea’ (or ‘Marmorata’)

This type of variegation is characterized by the golden yellow veins contrasting with a green background.

The Monstera deliciosa ‘Aurea’ has unique light green variegations that are separated by bright yellow veins, making it easy to distinguish from other varieties.

These are also compact and rarely grow to be more than two feet in diameter at full maturity

Mint Monstera

This type of monstera is known for having minty green or white-green marbling on the leaves; however, some specimens may develop green patches and streaks.

The Monstera deliciosa ‘Mint’ has a light green leaf with pure white variegation, making it very beautiful and distinct from other variegated monstera varieties.

Monstera deliciosa ‘Variegata’

The Monstera deliciosa ‘Variegata’ will usually have green leaves with irregular, yet symmetrical variegation all over the entire leaf.

This is often found in older specimens of Monsteras because it generally takes quite a while before enough mutated cells have developed in order to induce this type of variegation.

Why is Variegated Monsteras so hard to find?

Monstera Albo Borsigiana is much rarer than Thai Constellation (another form of Variegated Monstera). We will talk about both in detail.

Thai is grown for commercial production in a lab whereas it can only be reproduced through cuttings.

This is the reason why Monstera Albo Borsigiana is rare to find and a pricey possession.

Why Are Variegated Monsteras So Expensive?

There are many reasons why variegated Monsteras can be difficult and expensive to purchase:

Variegation is rarer than non-variegated plants. This means that variegated Monsteras will typically cost more than green ones because they are harder to find and more desirable.

In short, there are two reasons

Firstly, several of these variegated cultivators cannot be grown from seed and are produced in a laboratory (such as the Thai constellation) or are propagated from one mutated mother plant (like the monstera albo).

Due to this, they tend to be more expensive than the natural non-variegated version.

Secondly, Monsteras are somewhat fragile, thus shipping and distributing them is a pain. So if someone is growing them, transporting them, and ensuring quality – these variegated monsteras are bound to be expensive.

How much does Variegated Monstera cost?

Variegated Monstera can sell up to $5000 and upwards, especially Monstera Albo (as opposed to Thai Constellation which is comparatively cheaper).

On the popular auction site Trade Me, a highly uncommon M. adansonii has been sold for $700, and a light pink M. aurea went for $3,726 in 2015.

A small cutting of Monstera Albo is usually sold at approx. $100 or more. Depending on the size of the plant, it will range from $800 to over $1,000.

Thai Constellations will cost lesser than that.

2 things to Know When Buying a Variegated Monstera

Firstly, you cannot grow variegated monstera from seeds. The most common way to acquire one of these beautiful tropical plants is to purchase a young plant.

If you are shopping for variegated Monsteras at your local garden center, you should be aware that there are no seeds. Anyone trying to sell that is a fake.

Secondly, if you are buying a cutting, ensure there is at least one node on it. Without a node, you cannot grow the plant.

Where to buy Variegated Monstera

  1. EBay – You can buy variegated monstera on Bay. Make sure you check the feedback and reviews of the seller.

  2. Etsy – You can also get your plant on Etsy. However, it is more expensive because of the shipping costs but the chance of you getting your preferred variegated monstera is high.

  3. Amazon – You can buy variegated monstera on amazon too! Check out this Monstera deliciosa ‘Variegata’ on Amazon.

  4. That said, I recommend you find a physical store nearby. That way, you can ensure the quality and originality of your variegated monstera. Shipping can also lead to damage to the plant so it is always best to get it from a store or nursery.

Tips to buy Variegated Monstera

  • First, set your budget. As mentioned before, Variegated Monsteras are expensive.
  • Second, purchase it from an authentic seller. If you want to ensure the best quality and price, I suggest you look for a physical store or a known nursery.
  • Thirdly, if you want to buy Monstera deliciosa ‘Variegata’, be sure that the plant has one node – do not purchase it without a node OR buy a well-established plant in a pot.

How to Maintain Variegation in Variegated Monstera?

  1. Vriegated monstera needs to be exposed to direct sunlight for at least one hour a day. However, don’t leave them out in sunlight because that can result in burned leaves.
  2. Secondly, give them enough water for their roots but not so much that it will cause their leaves to rot. The soil must always feel moist but not soggy.
  3. Fertilize it every two weeks but don’t overdo it! Too much fertilizer will cause the variegation mark to fade out or spoil your plant completely.
  4. Change the pot when the roots grow enough and there is no space in the present pot.
  5. Finally, if your plant has all-white leaves or begins producing green leaves, you’ll have to trim them. Pruning regularly will help maintain variegation.

Final thoughts on Variegated Monstera

If you want a plant that is both beautiful and rare then the variegated Monstera might be just what you’ve been looking for!

Variegated Monstera plants are becoming more popular as people realize how unique they can be.

It will take some time to find one but if you do, it will most certainly stand out in your home.

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