The Thai Constellation, also known as variegated monstera, is a tropical plant native to Southeast Asia but can be found in similar climates worldwide. This plant is known for its rarity and beautifully patterned leaves, and its watering and lighting requirements are similar to those of its all-green sister (monstera deliciosa).
Monstera deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’ is a large, spreading, easy-to-grow, and low-maintenance plant. This cultivar has lovely variegated leaves with splashes of creamy-yellow coloring.
It has a bushy habit and is frost-tender; it prefers temperatures above freezing, partial shade, and well-draining soil for optimal growth. For best results, water after the soil has completely dried out. This cultivar was created from the species M. deliciosa and is known as variegated because the leaves are not entirely green. The pattern is scattered across the leaves in small sections, resembling stars in a galaxy, hence the cosmic name.
Thai Constellation can be kept indoors as a unique foliage houseplant, but it will need support for optimal growth. The flowers are non-showy and cream-white. They later produce fruits, which become edible once their scales lift up if the conditions are favorable. They resemble a green ear of maize and, if consumed unripe, can cause stomach upset.
The main reason for growing this as a houseplant is for the dramatic and showy foliage. It has large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves that change structure with age. The common name “Swiss Cheese Plant” comes from the development of characteristic splits over time. Monstera deliciosa, a species native to tropical rainforests, climbs using aerial roots and is classified as an epiphyte. Monstera deliciosa grows without the need for water or soil, instead clinging to other structures and absorbing nutrition and moisture from the air and its immediate surroundings. They also do well when finely potted in an airy, well-draining soil mix to which moss and perlite are added.