Monstera 'Albo Variegata'

Monstera deliciosa 'Albo Variegata'

Variegated Cheese Plant, Variegated Monstera, Variegated Swiss Cheese Plant

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A close up some green and white variegated Monstera leaves
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Monstera deliciosa 'Albo Variegata' is an impressive, spreading, easy-to-grow and generally low maintenance plant. This cultivar produces attractive variegated leaves marbled with white colouring. This plant, Monstera ‘Albo-Variegata' has been produced from the species M. deliciosa. The attractive patterning usually covers up to half a leaf and many other common names may be used such as "half moon" however this term is unofficial and used mainly as a marketing tool to sell plants at high prices. The cultivar 'Albo Variegata' 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 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 this cultivar. Its leaves are large, glossy and heart-shaped, and they change structure with age. They develop characteristic splits over time, which is where the common name Swiss Cheese Plant comes from. Native to tropical rainforests, the species M. deliciosa climbs using aerial roots and is classified as an epiphyte. Monstera deliciosa doesn't require a water or soil substrate to grow, surviving instead by clinging onto other structures and gleaning nutrition and moisture from the air and its immediate surroundings. They also do fine potted in an airy, well-draining soil mix, its advisable to add moss and perlite to achieve this. This cultivar has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. It has a bushy, climbing habit and is frost-tender, keep above freezing temperatures, plant in a position of full sun and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results.
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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

Provide a large container to allow air roots to tap into the soil.

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant.

Indoor plant

Plants grown indoors occasionally produce flowers and fruit.

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

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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