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Silver Monstera

Monstera siltepecana

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

2m

30cm

Min

30cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Silver Monstera Overview

Monstera siltepecana is an evergreen trailing or vining epiphyte that is a popular choice to grow as a houseplant for its small unique leaves. The new young foliage appears a blue-green colour with delicate silver markings. Grow up a trellis or alternative supports to create a tropical rain forest feel to your living space. As the leaves mature the silver fades and they start to develop the leaf fenestration (holes) that helped the plant deal with the winds and rain of tropical storms. From South Mexico to Central America, Monstera siltepecana will appreciate well-draining soils and being allowed to (almost) completely dry out between watering. Place your container near a window, but not in direct sunlight to finish providing its natural growing habitat. This plant can suffer from mealybugs when grown indoors, so inspect regularly. Keep this plant away from pets as this plant is highly toxic when ingested. Monstera siltepecana is a close relative to Monstera oreophila and Monstera adansonii vat. laniata which are native to South America.

Common problems with Silver Monstera

How to propagate Silver Monstera

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.

Seed

Special features of Silver Monstera

Attractive flowers

Plants grown indoors in temperate regions only occasionally produce flowers and fruit.

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Locate this plant in a bright, humid and warm spot, but not in direct sunlight.

Other uses of Silver Monstera

Ornamental

Suits a conservatory or light indoor room as an architectural feature houseplant, grown for the leaves.