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Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata

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Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata

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Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata

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Monstera deliciosa ‘Albo Variegata’ is also called Variegated Cheese Plant, Variegated Monstera, and Variegated Swiss Cheese Plant. It’s an impressive, spreading, easy-to-grow and generally low maintenance plant. This cultivar produces attractive variegated leaves marbled with white coloring. The names Monstera Variegata and Monstera albo Variegata are often seen online, however, these are not truly scientific names, and thus they are not true plant species. These names refer to two distinct cultivars that have been produced from the species M. Deliciosa. This plant, Monstera ‘Albo-Variegata’ has white variegation, usually covering up to half a leaf and the other popular cultivar M. Deliciosa Thai Constellation has creamy-yellow variegation. The pattern is in much smaller sections scattered across the leaves, reminiscent of stars in a galaxy, hence the cosmic name. It may be kept indoors as a distinctive foliage houseplant, requiring support for optimal growth. Produces non-showy, cream-white flowers. Providing the conditions are optimal, they later produce inedible fruits, which become edible once their scales lift up. They resemble a green ear of maize and can cause stomach upset if consumed unripe. The dramatic and showy foliage is the main reason for growing, leaves are large, glossy and heart-shaped. They change structure with age, developing characteristic splits, this is where the common name swiss cheese plant originates from. Native to tropical rain-forests, this plant climbs using aerial roots and is classified as an epiphyte, this is an organism that doesn’t require a water or soil substrate to grow, surviving on other organisms and gleaning nutrition and moisture from the air and its immediate surroundings.

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