Sub Species: Monstera Borsigiana Albo
Species: Monstera deliciosa
Plant Family: Araceae
Origin: Southern Mexico, South Panama
Soil Drainage: Excellent
Soil pH: Mildly Acidic
Monstera is a hemiepiphyte, which means it is both an epiphyte and a hemiepiphyte. Monstera seeds often germinate in the canopy of a natural environment, growing epiphytically at first. Their roots eventually travel downwards and make contact with soil. Later in its life, it can self-produce by becoming a rooted vine growing upward from the forest floor and using roots to climb tree trunks, eventually breaking their main connection to the ground but continuing to send long roots into the soil. Monstera deliciosa borsigiana is a Monstera deliciosa subspecies. It grows faster and has smaller leaves than the true Monstera deliciosa.
Monstera Albo Variegated Maintenance
Monstera borsigiana Albo Variegata prefers humidity, ideally between 65 and 70 percent. Please keep in mind that we are discussing air humidity. Not the moisture in the soil. Leaves should not be misted. This is especially critical for young Monstera Albo borsigiana plants. If your room lacks humidity, grouping a number of plants in one area or potting your variegated Monstera borsigiana in a larger pot with other aroids could help. I discovered that grouping them and combining several aroids in one pot was extremely beneficial – all of my previously struggling aroids completely transformed in this new setup. Alternatively, you can place a shallow dish filled with water somewhere beneath your Monstera Albo to increase humidity as the water evaporates from the dish.
Monstera borsigiana Albo, as I mentioned earlier in the article, is extremely water sensitive. Before watering, I always let the soil completely dry. Put your variegated Monstera Albo in the shower and give it a good wash, allowing the soil to become saturated with water. This will also clean the dust off large leaves and condition the aerial roots. Allow all of the water to drain before re-potting the variegated Monstera; never leave a variegated Monstera in water.
For the past three years, I’ve used the following fertilizers interchangeably for the majority of my plants: Growth Technology NitrozymeGrowth Technology IONIC Cal-Mag Pro