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Are you looking for an eye-catching houseplant collection with fancy foliage? Then pick one of the best Monstera varieties here. One thing is for sure it will add an instant green appeal to your indoor plant collection.
Here are Plantly’s best monstera varieties.
Monstera are tropical plants that give a dramatic show in the living place. While it gives a gorgeous emerald green color display it also enhances the atmosphere. The climbing plant is easy to care for and some reward you with elaborate leaf patterns seen in no other plants.
The Monstera borsigiana is a sub-form of the Monstera deliciosa and has smaller leaf stems that are thinner with longer internodes. It is a fast grower and climbing plant that responds well to a moss pole or vertical support.
The Monstera species is also available as variegated plants known as the Monstera Variegata or Albo Borsigiana. You can find small pieces of the stem sold for hundreds of dollars. The Albo variegata has dark green to white leaves with shades of green in between.
You may even see a marble effect as the shades mix together while other leaves have vast patches of our white looking like a half-moon. To keep this Monstera variety, happy provide it with bright indirect light and prevent the soil from getting waterlogged.
Monstera adansonii/Swiss Cheese Plant
Yes, this Monstera variety shares the same nickname as your Monstera deliciosa. The Monkey Mask, Five Holes Plant, and the Swiss Cheese Vine are other familiar names. Yet, compared to the Monstera deliciosa, it is smaller with narrower leaves, and the leaf perforations remain closed.
These types of Monstera can climb relatively high, but with the smaller foliage, it has a compact stem and shape. A fact is that when you place the Swiss Cheese plant next to the Monstera obliqua, they look the same and, most of the time, confused.
The Obliqua has more prominent holes in the leaves compared to the Monstera adansonii. Nonetheless, this outdoor plant is petite, and caring for it is a breeze. You can provide your Monstera plant with a moss pole to train it or leave it dangling from a hanging basket.
The plant does not enjoy wet feet and having plenty of drainages is thus essential. Place it in bright indirect light, and it will flourish. Another fun thing is some of these varieties produce edible fruit when grown in the right conditions.
There is also a variegated Monstera cultivar known as the Archipelago, which resulted from a random mutation.
When you look at types of Monstera, the Monstera pinnatipartita is a more extensive variety with a more compact stem growth and shorter internode spacing. Hence, it grows less like a vining plant. Pinnatipartita has deep slots with round holes near the leaf rib as a mature plant.
On the small leaves, there is a rough texture with hollow veins. It thrives in bright indirect light with well-draining soil and does not need a moss pole as it has compact growth and is a slow creeper.
If you want a rare species, then the Monstera siltepecana is what you need. It has silvery green leaves and is known as the Silver Monstera. You see dark green veins and edges. The foliage is long and pointy.
The juvenile leaves have no holes, but it grows up to the light as the plant matures. Allowing your plant to be fenestrate with mature leaves helps to provide your Monstera plant with support to climb.
Or, you can grow these types of Monstera as a trailing plant to leave the vines hanging from a pot edge.
Many refer to these Monstera varieties as the Philodendron cobra when you look at botanical garden websites. But it is not correct. It is a naturally variegated Monstera vine. It has dark green leaves with small spots/streaks that change to a creamy white or yellow.
The foliage is long and narrow and different from the iconic heart-shaped leaves of your Monstera deliciosa. Once it reaches a mature age, fenestrations appear. It is also a slow-growing plant, and the leaves point upwards instead of hanging down.
The Monstera standleyana needs added light for the variegated leaves to help with chlorophyll production in the light leaf sections. You can grow it as a runner but will survive better with some support.
You can also find some other Monstera species in the Monstera standleyana variegated in white on the leaves and stems. Then you have the Albo Variegata with white specks and a variegated yellow one with splashes of creamy and yellow dots.
Other favored names for the Monstera acuminata are the shingle plant, Monstera karwinskyi, Monstera viridispatha, or Monstera grandifola. The Monstera plant looks similar to the Monstera adansonii as the holes do not reach the edges.
Even the overall shape of the two types of Monstera leaves differ. The foliage is defined by a curve found in the middle rib, with one side more expansive than the other. It grows as a shingle plant as a juvenile plant, but when it matures, the leaves become more perforated.
It only develops holes in the leaves when it is a foot long. The Monstera acuminate needs support to grow like a trellis or moss pole. A vining plant just like the Adansonii with aerial roots.
This is one rare plant, the Monstera obliqua or unicorn plant. Furthermore, many people confuse it with the Monstera adansonii. While both have loads of holes, there are some key differences.
On visual inspection, the Monstera obliqua looks as if it has more holes than foliage as the fenestrations are extreme and look like lace. The leaf thickness also differs as it has delicate leaves compared to Adansonii.
Also, the Monstera obliqua can take a few years before the leaf holes start forming. The tropical plant is also demanding as it needs constant humidity. Using a humidifier will help. When it does not receive enough moisture, the leaves turn yellow and wilt, falling off.
Furthermore, it does not enjoy direct sunlight and thrives in peaty soil with enough drainage. The fun thing is that it produces stolons dropping to the ground to grow a new plant. Once it flowers, it forms up to eight clusters of spadix blooms.
Monstera ‘Thai constellation’
The Monstera Thai Constellation is a rare plant not found in the wild. It has white to cream and green leaves growing up to six feet tall indoors. It is one expensive plant developed in a lab in Thailand.
The variegated leaves have shades of cream, white, yellow, or white with deep lances and holes. As a result, the foliage appears speckled or looks like starlike splashes. But you can find vast chunks of color as well.
As you guessed, it is a variegated plant from the Monstera deliciosa.
The Monstera Peru or Monstera karstenianum is a mini Monstera with small, leathery leaves shining in the light. You see no fenestration and are climbing plants that grow with support or hang from a hanging basket.
All it needs is bright indirect light and enjoys well-drained soil. It can grow fast on vertical support but is not required. A variegated cultivar does not have a specific name and is a mutated Chimaera as the variegation was done spontaneously with cellular mutation.
Philodendron bipinnatifidum / Split Leaf Philodendron
The Philodendron bipinnatifidum is not an actual Monstera variety but does look like one. The tree Philodendron, or as many people call it, the split-leaf Philodendron, can reach up to six feet tall.
It has an eight-foot spread when you grow it as an indoor plant. It has bright glossy green leaves deeply lobed. It makes for a dramatic statement but can take up loads of space.
It also needs similar care as your popular Monstera species.
Another great plant to add to your Monstera collection is the Monstera dubia. Its juvenile form has heart-shaped glossy leaves of light and dark green. The plant climbs in nature up trees with aerial roots.
The Shingle Plant grows with alternating leaves on the left and right sides of the stem to give it a neat appearance. It reveals its mature form once it is high enough to get light. The foliage turns a deep green hue with intense fenestrations.
Provide the Monstera dubia with a moss pole or another type of support for it to climb. The leaves press against the surface as it grows.
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