Scientific name: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
You will receive a plant that is similar to the photo, but not the exact plant!
- Origin: Native to Thailand and Malaysia in a variety of rainforest conditions; from dry to wet.
- Height: 1.5 metres height / 1 metre spread.
- Light: Ideally, bright but indirect filtered light, can cope with lower light too. Protect from harsh sun which can scorch the foliage.
- Water: Keep soil moist using water at room temperature, but do not allow the plant to sit in water. Aerate the soil before watering.
- Humidity: Moderate humidity and regular misting will be beneficial. A good level of humidity contributes to healthy growth and larger leaves on your Rhaphidophora tetrasperma.
- Temperature: The mini monstera will grow happily in temperatures of 12-27°C, try to avoid sudden drops in temperature and be wary of draughts and open windows.
- Soil: A free-draining organic potting mix which allows breathability for the roots is ideal, and this houseplant also grows extremely well in coco chips or orchid bark.
- Fertilizer: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma enjoy regular fertilising; twice a month during the growing season (Spring and Summer). Use a balanced fertiliser at half the recommended dilution level for this plant (as it’s a relatively fast grower). If the potting medium is particularly dry, water lightly before feeding to avoid fertiliser burning the roots.
- Repotting: These plants can grow pretty quickly so be prepared to do some occasional repotting, the ideal time to re-pot is early Spring when the plant had a period of active growth ahead. Roots ‘circling’ around the bottom of the nursery pot is an indication that repotting is needed. Increase pot size by just a few centimetres at this stage, no drastic jumps.
- Pruning: Mini monsteras appreciate beingpruned when their stems get particularly long. You want to use a sterile blade and trim a few centimetres below a leaf node that ideally has an aerial root underneath it (bobbly bit that looks like a root forming). Then… propagate! (see below)
- Propagation: There are two options here. You can place the cuttings in water to root for a few weeks or put directly into coco chips (for lots of aeration). If in water, wait until the roots are a few centimetres long before potting on. If you pot directly into coco chips, be sure to water regularly.