Monstera 'Thai Constellation'

Monstera deliciosa 'Thai Constellation'

Variegated Cheese Plant, Variegated Monstera, Variegated Swiss Cheese Plant

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A Monstera 'Thai Constellation' plant in a garden with a white flower
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Monstera deliciosa 'Thai Constellation' is an impressive, spreading, easy-to-grow and generally low maintenance plant. This cultivar produces attractive variegated leaves marbled with splashes of creamy-white colouring. The names Monstera variegata and variegated Monstera are often seen online, however these are not true 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, 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 and the other popular cultivar Monstera ‘Albo-Variegata' has white variegation, usually covering up to half a leaf. 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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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

The fruit may be ripened by cutting it when the first scales begin to lift up and it begins to smell pungent. Set aside wrapped in a paper bag​ until the scales begin popping off. Brush scales off to reveal the edible flesh underneath which can be cut from the core and eaten.

Propagation

Cuttings

A tip cutting, including at least two leaves, will root in spring, if it is planted in a deep pot containing a moistened equal-parts mixture of peat moss and sand. Enclose the cutting in a plastic bag.

Layering

Air layering.

Special features

Pot plant
Attractive leaves
Indoor plant

Special features

Origin

Central and South America, Mexico.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Partial Sun, Full Shade

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Peat, Sand, Air

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The flesh of the fruit underneath the scales can be cut from the core and eaten. The flesh has a fruity taste similar to jackfruit and pineapple.

Ornamental

Suits a conservatory or light indoor room as an architectural feature houseplant.

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Creamy-white, White, Cream

Scent

Mild

Problems

Indoor plants may attract mites and scale insects and can be controlled by spraying the plant with a diluted horticultural oil or soap. Grasshoppers, leaf spot and root rot can cause serious damage to plants.
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