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Monstera deliciosa 'Variegata' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Climbing

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin and eye irritant

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

White and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Cream in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

variegated Swiss cheese plant

Family

Araceae


Monstera are evergreen climbing shrubs with aerial roots, and usually ovate leaves which are often pinnately cut or lobed; arum-like flowerheads with white spathes arise from the leaf axils on mature plants

'Variegata' is a vigorous evergreen climber to 3m or more, with large, pinnatisect or perforated, rich green leaves marbled and splashed with creamy-white

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in a loam-based potting compost in bright indirect light with moderate to high humidity. Water when in growth and keep just moist in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth. May be grown outdoors in most moderately fertile, humus-rich soils in partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk, Loam or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 18 to 24 °C as soon as ripe or layer in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in spring

Pests

Scale insects and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem under glass

Diseases

Generally disease free