Monstera Albo variegated
A subspecies of the monstera deliciosa, the monstera albo has become one of the hottest plants on the market. The monstera albo is one of the hottest plants on the market. With its brilliant bright white painted leaves and long, striped stems, it’s no wonder this is a plant on everyone’s most-wanted list.
But before you decide to buy one of these plants for your home (or if you’ve already gotten your hands on one), take time to learn what you need to know about caring for your monstera albo.
We’ll cover all the necessary information including growing conditions, propagation, how to keep the variegation and troubleshooting common problems
The most important thing you need to know about owning a monstera albo borsigiana (full name), is the type of variegation it has and how it works. The white stripes and splashes found throughout the leaves are parts of the plant that do not contain the pigment called chlorophyll.
These sections are parts of the plant with mutated cells and do not allow sunlight to be absorbed, only the green parts of the plant. In this case, the green parts of the leaf contain chlorophyll. The Albo is different from the Thai Constellation which has stable variegation, meaning it will always grow with variegation on all of its leaves.
The Thai’s variegation is more off-white and cream colored compared to the pure white of the Alb Avoid placing the albo in direct sunlight as this will burn its leaves. The variegated pieces of the leaves are extra susceptible to sunburn. Without enough light, your plant could eventually start to revert back to green.
This is because if it’s not getting the energy it needs to thrive, it will start to live in the most efficient way it knows how – by producing more green leaves to help absorb more sunlight. The leaves that are green will also tend to be larger than the leaves with variegated patches.
Allow the soil to feel dry about an inch down before giving it a thorough watering.As delicate as they appear, they’re actually quite hardy plants and will do much better in drier soil conditions than in persistently moist soil. It’s important to note that over-watering can cause root rot and attract fungus gnats.
When caring for monstera albos, remember that they are a tropical rain forest plant. This means they thrive in humid climates with warm temperatures. How Do You Keep the Variegation in your Monstera AlboThis is one of the most important things to know about caring for your monstera albo. To keep the variegation and prevent it from reverting to full green, you’ll have to stay on top of pruning.
This means that you need to prune off stems with leaves that are completely green. The problem with not pruning is that eventually all the leaves will revert to green. You need to almost force or encourage the plant to continue sprouting its beautiful white leaves.
However, you don’t want your entire plant to be white otherwise it won’t be able to photosynthesize. Strive for a nice balance of white and green on your plant.
Ensuring it gets plenty of bright, filtered light is also a must.If it’s placed in a corner of your home with low light, it won’t be able to keep its variegation no matter how much you prune it back.
Why are Variegated Monsteras so Expensive?
Monsteras are on the pricey side for a few different reasons.One, is simply because they’re hard to find. The variegation in the Albo is naturally occurring and cannot be produced in a lab. Therefore, the only way more albos become available is by cuttings. Another reason is because they’re rare and everyone wants one right now! They’ve blown up in popularity over the last couple of years, so with high demand and low supply, the price goes up.