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All Variegated Monstera Plants Together – Albo, Aurea, Sport & Thai Constellation

A look into the different variegated Monstera plants and how easy they are to come by

written by: Thursd. | 29-12-2020

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There is a lot of interest in variegated plants at the moment. One of the most talked-about is the white and green Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata. This plant is covered mostly in one color variegation. With white-green, it is a plant we all see on Pinterest and on our Insta wall.

Variegated Monstera

The Monstera family is large, but only a few have variegated varieties. These are the Monstera Borsigiana, the Monstera Deliciosa, and the Monstera Obliqua (a.k.a. Adansonii).

 

 

And did you know that there are multiple colors of variegation? And that there is a subspecies of Monstera and a tissue cultured Deliciosa as well? Have a look into the different variegated Monstera plants and how easy they are to come by. Or maybe not easy to come by, is a better way of putting it.

 

 

Cuttings

Due to the aerial roots on the Monstera plants, propagation is easy. A new plant is created in no time. Most of the Variegated Monstera plants you find are cuttings of the Monstera Borsigiana. This is a subspecies of the Deliciosa and comes with the advantage that it is a faster grower than the Deliciosa and therefore is relatively more easily accessible.

 

Monstera Deliciosa ALbo Variegata Peace of Aloha

 

Difference Between the Monsteras Deliciosa and Borsigiana

The best way to tell if you have a true Deliciosa or if it is a Borsigiana is the distance between the leaves. Most larger Monstera plants are sold on a moss stick, and when you bought it like this, you can count on it you have a Borsigiana, as they are easy to attach to the moss stick. Deliciosas have their leaves much closer to one another and are more like a ground covering plant, not a climber. You can also check the top of the mature leaves. Where the stem meets the leaf, the true Deliciosa will have a wrinkle that the Borsigiana does not. Make sure you wait to check mature leaves, however, as the immature leaves of the true Deliciosa have not yet developed this wrinkle.

 

 

True Monstera Deliciosa Variegata

The true Monstera Deliciosa Variegata begins its life as a green seed. Commercial growers of the plant purchase large amounts of seed and when they are lucky some of the seedlings sprout as a variegated plant. This is how a Monstera Deliciosa becomes a Monstera Deliciosa Variegata.

 

 

This is not a common occurrence and therefore, a naturally variegated true Monstera Deliciosa is not easy to come by. The cost of the plant however is determined by the seller and how much buyers are willing to pay. They are still an expensive option and usually sold only as a cutting, not a plant. When being sold as a plant they can be extremely expensive as you can read in this article: ‘Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata – The Most Expensive Plants in the World?’

 

Monstera Deliciosa Albo variegata at waterdrinker - On Thursd

 

Monstera Obliqua. Or is it a Monstera Adansonii (Variegata)?

The Obliqua is the next most popular Monstera species after the Monstera Adansonii by search traffic, but it’s much harder to find online or at plant shops. Monstera Obliqua looks like a Monstera Adansonii that got stuck in a wind tunnel – the holes are so big that some leaves are only held together by tiny filaments.

 

 

These fragile leaves coupled with its thin stems make it very hard to ship. That means buying a real Monstera Obliqua online is almost impossible. Most of the Monstera Obliqua specimens you’ll see listed are actually Monstera Adansonii. In fact, world expert Dr Thomas Croat claimed in 2018 that only 17 wild specimens of Monstera obliqua have ever been found!

 

 

So what you are looking for when searching for a variegated Monstera Obliqua, is actually a Monstera Adansonii Variegata. But still, an immensely difficult plant to find. The Monstera Adansonii Albo Variegata cuttings with just one leaf are sold for almost $1,500 each!

 

 

Three Variegated Colors

The mutation of the Monsteras can occur in three different colors. Light green (Sport), yellow (Aurea) and white/cream (Albo). Officially you get Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata, Monstera Deliciosa Aurea Variegata, Monstera Deliciosa Sport Variegata, Monstera Borsigiana Albo Variegata, etcetera.

 

 

The most wanted are the Albos, but the Sports are quite interesting too, combining different shades of green within the same leaf.

Two Types of Variegation

There are two major types of variegation. The marble variegation is pretty much what you probably imagine: an evenly distributed mixture of green and white leafage. And then there’s the half-moon variegation. Its leaves are a glorious, devastatingly perfect split; one emerald green, the other a milky white.

 

 

Monstera Deliciosa Thai Constellation

So this plant is more popular in searches than Monstera Obliqua, but it’s not a true species. It’s actually a variety of the common Monstera Deliciosa, with striking white patterns on its leaves. The scientific name for the this variety is Monstera Deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’, and this plant is one of the most popular Monsteras.

 

 

The cost of each plant is reasonable compared with the Borsigiana and the Deliciosa, making it a good option if you want to own a variegated Monstera Deliciosa plant. A simple rooted leaf of this plant sells for over $100 online.

 

 

Tissue Culture

The Monstera Deliciosa Thai Constellation is a tissue culture from one lab in Thailand that supplies the plant worldwide. It is very stable variegation. This means that when the plants reach maturity, cuttings can be made, like the Borsigiana, that will maintain the ‘star-like’ speckled variegation. Like all variegated plants that hold the expression in their DNA, not their growing conditions, the Monstera Deliciosa Thai Constellation will also produce large chunks of variegation but the amount, and when, is only known to the plant. All plants will display the speckled variegation regardless of this large chunk variegation however the amount varies from plant to plant.

 

 


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