Monstera Albo and other Variegated Monstera

Variegated monstera are color categorized as Monstera Albo, Monstera Mint, Monstera Sport, and Monstera Aurea. These descriptors refer to the coloring of the variegated monstera.

Albo =White, Mint or Sport = light green, and Aurea = yellow.

What causes Variegation in Monstera?

Monstera Obliqua Variegata

Monstera Obliqua Variegata Albo,
Variegated Obliqua Monstera,
Variegated Obliqua
Monstera Obliqua Variegata Albo Photo by @Notanotherjungle

Known and loved for it’s lacy leaves. Monstera Obliqua leaves are extremely fenestrated with up to 90% of a mature leaf being holes! They are extremely rare and extremely expensive, oftentimes costing $$$thousands. Finding a variegated Obliqua is likely to triple that price tag. 

The obliqua is very slow growing and will look almost identical to the monstera adansoii until it reaches maturity and it’s true fenestration is realized. High maintenance and less forgiving than other monsteras.

Obliqua Variegata is a true diamond and far harder to come by. Good luck.

Monstera Adansonii Variegata

Monstera Adansonii Variegata, Variegated Monstera Adansonii, Variegated Adansonii
Monstera Adansonii Variegata Albo Photo by @Plantochoic

Very similar to the obliqua in lacy appearance, the Adansonii is less fenestrated and quicker growing. 

Easier to find and known to be more stable than the obliqua. Variegation can be propagated, but purchase of an entire plant is recommended over cuttings.

Monstera Deliciosa Thai Constellation

Monstera Deliciosa Thai Constellation Mint.
Thai Constellation,
Thai Constellation Monstera
Monstera Deliciosa Thai Constellation Mint photo by @Lanile

A miracle. The thai constellation is a truly stable variegated monstera from a plant lab in Thailand. Mature plants can be easily propagated, cuttings will offer stable variegation. 

As stable as the Thai Constellation is in its variegation, please keep in mind when purchasing that the amount of variegation a plant produces is up to the plant and cannot be predicted.

Monstera Deliciosa Variegata

Monstera Variegata Albo Half Moon
Monstera Variegata Albo,
Monstera Variegata, Variegated Monstera
Monstera Variegata Albo Half-Moon Photo By Greg_the_flower_guy

These are extremely rare and hard to come by. They are generally unstable when propagated and are usually grown from seed. Because the Monstera Deliciosa Veriegata exists as a genetic mutation, there is no way of predicting which seed will possess the coveted variegation. It is estimated that this mutation happens once every 100,000 plants, and even then, variegation is not stable.. 

It is not impossible for the Monstera Deliciosa Variegata to be propagated, however the variegation is known to be unstable and therefore, it is recommended that you buy the whole plant and not a cutting.

Look for Geniculum (ruffles) where the stem meets a mature leaf to tell if the plant is a Deliciosa or a Borsigiana.

Monstera Deliciosa Borsigiana Variegata

Variegated Borsigiana Albo,
Variegated Monstera, Monstera Albo
Variegated Monstera Borsigiana Albo
Photo by @art_phuwasit

Subspecies of the Monstera Deliciosa, for which it shares a very similar appearance. 

Faster growing with smaller leaves than a Deliciosa. However, size of leaves can appear very similar between the two when grown indoors. 

Borsigiana has a vining nature even in early growth and is known to grow faster than the Deliciosa. They are also known to more easily variegate and are more likely to hold the variegation when propagated. Because a variegated borsigiana is relatively stable when propagated, they are easier to come by than the Monstera Deliciosa Variegata and can be found as cuttings.

Please note that the Deliciosa Borsigiana is often labeled as a Deliciosa when being sold. This is likely to be the most easy to find of the Monstera Albo.

What causes Variegation in Monstera?

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