Variegated Monstera Delicias were once reserved for serious plant collectors. They are now a common staple in many homes and are quickly becoming a popular choice. Here’s how to find out more about this unique, rare, and expensive plant.
Table of content
- 1 What is Variegation?
- 2 Different types of variegated monsteras
- 3 Why are Variegated Monsteras so Expensive?
- 4 How to Buy a Variegated Monstera
What is Variegation?
Variegation is the appearance of different colored zones on the stems and leaves of plants. Variegation is caused by a deficiency in chlorophyll, most often due to cell mutation. Variegation can also be caused by fungal diseases. Foliage variegation may appear in two-toned, tricolored, or quadricolored leaves. It can also occur in splotches and stripes as well as dots, blocks and other patterns.
Different types of variegated monsteras
There are five main types of variegated monsteras delicciosas, including the true variegated monsteras or Monstera delicica ‘variegata’.
Bright, indirect light, well-drained, moderately moist soil and high humidity are all important for the survival of these five species.
Monstera deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’
Monstera deliciosa “Thai Constellation” is the most widely-available variegated monstera species in the United States. The splotchy, galaxy-like variegation patterns found on ‘Thai Constellation’ monsteras are in shades of cream white and light yellow. Many, if not all of the leaves will have some form of variegation. This distinguishing characteristic is important because most variegated monstera varieties have both variegated or non-variegated foliage.
The ‘Thai Constellation’ can be grown indoors in all parts of the country. It can tolerate low light, but it grows faster in brighter locations.
Monstera deliciosa ‘Albo Borsigiana’
The Monstera deliciosa albo Borsigiana, also known as the albo monstera, is a close second to the ‘Thai Constellation” monstera. This plant has a stunning pure white variegation as well as a blocky, splotchy pattern of variegation. This distinguishes it from the speckled “Thai Constellation” monsteras. It is not uncommon to see mature albo monsteras with pure white leaves. It is also smaller-leaved, making it compacter at maturity.
Monstera deliciosa ‘Aurea’ (or ‘Marmorata’)
The Monstera deliciosa “Aurea” is a less common cultivar of variegated Monstera. Also known as Monstera Borsigiana Aurea or simply Monstera Aurea, it’s a lesser-known cultivar. The aurea, in contrast to the albo monstera and the ‘Thai Constellation,’ is distinguished by yellow variegation with a splotchy appearance. Monstera aurea leaves are similar to the albo monstrous. They grow smaller and rarely exceed two feet at maturity. Monstera aurea leaves are more variegated than other varieties, and some leaves may develop no variegation.
The’mint beasta’ is the newest variegated monastera to hit the market. It will not be easy to find this monstera if you’re looking to add it to your collection. The mint monstera is characterized by a combination of white-green or minty green variegation and a marbled pattern. Although not much is known about this cultivar, it is noted that the mint-green variegation does not always appear uniformly throughout the plant. Bright white variegation can also occur throughout the leaves.
Monstera deliciosa ‘Variegata’
This is a true variegated beasta. The variegation happens naturally after germination. This variegation can be unpredictable and occur in many colors and patterns. True variegated monsteras do not exist and are not commonly sold commercially. This is because the variegation, which is a chance genetic mutation and is therefore not predictable, is rare.
Why are Variegated Monsteras so Expensive?
You will need a lot of money to buy a variegated beasta. Variegated monsteras have been growing in popularity, but they are still very rare. Single-leaf cuttings can be purchased for as little as $100. Some varieties, such as the mint monstera or monstera aurea are often priced at several thousand dollars per piece.
Variegated monsteras are more expensive than the average houseplant because of two main reasons.
First, these variegated cultivators are not possible to grow from seeds. They are either lab-cultivated (such the ‘Thai Constellation) or are cuttings of one mutated mother (such the monstera albo). These plants are not readily available, so prices have soared for variegated monsteras.
Variegated Monsteras can be more difficult to grow than the Monstera deliciosa. They are also more difficult for shipping and distribution. Variegated monsteras are not for everyone, so they are usually grown and propagated by collectors or specialty nurseries.
How to Buy a Variegated Monstera
You should be aware of a few things when buying variegated Monstera online. Don’t fall for the scams of people trying to sell you ‘Thai Constellation’ or albo Monstera seeds.
It is essential that a cutting you purchase has at least one stem node. A cutting without a node will not grow roots or develop into a viable plant.
A cutting or plant with lots of variegation may be appealing, but it is best to avoid buying a variegated monstera or fully white cutting. Cuttings that lack the necessary chlorophyll to sustain the plants will die.