Scientific Name: Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata
Monstera Albo care is rated as a medium care level. If you have successfully grown a Monstera Deliciosa and are looking to splurge on a new Monstera, a Monstera Albo could be your next plant!
To give this Monstera plant the best care, it requires well-draining soil, water the plant when the top two inches of the soil is dry, provide it with bright indirect sunlight, temperatures ranging from 65-80F, and high humidity levels.
Quick Care Overview
|Common Name||Monstera Albo|
|Scientific Name||Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata|
|Origin||South Mexico & Panama|
|Identification||Large white patterened leaves with fenestrations|
|Height||Up to 10 feet tall|
|Water||Water when the top inch of soil is dry|
|Sunlight||Bright indirect sunlight|
|Toxic to Cats & Dogs||Yes|
|Toxic to Humans||Yes|
|Pests||Mealybugs, fungus gnats, spider mites, scale, thrips|
Below we will dive deep into this Monstera Albo care guide.
Monstera Albo History
Central America rainforest native Monstera Deliciosa ‘Albo Variegata’ is considered a high-end collector’s plant that often is sold for several hundred dollars, with some plants being sold in the thousands of dollars range. This Monstera deliciosa subspecies is a gorgeous, variegated plant with large patches of white found amongst its large foliage. This prestigious plant may be commonly seen amongst Instagram Influencer feeds.
Monstera Albo Identification
Monstera Albo is a tropical plant grown for its stunning foliage. It white-patterned heart shaped leaves develop fenestrations with age. Foliage may grow up to 15 inches.
Monstera Albo Growth Facts
Due to the fact that this plant has little chlorophyll, it is very slow growing. It’s slow-growing nature also plays into its high price tag.
How Big Does a Monstera Albo Get?
Monstera Albo may grow up to 30 feet tall when grown outdoors. Indoors it may reach up to 10 feet tall.
Monstera Albo Care
This popular showy tropical plant is considered a bit high-maintenance to care for but will grow well in most indoor conditions.
Monstera Albo Soil
Monstera Albo requires an airy, well-draining growing medium to thrive. However, you may create a perfect mix by combining coco coir, orchid bark, and perlite at a 1:1:1 ratio.
Monstera Albo Fertilizer
Your Monstera Albo will require a bit more nutrition than a Monstera Deliciosa to produce its gorgeous, variegated foliage. It will benefit from monthly feeding from a balanced, liquid fertilizer during the warm growing season. Do not feed during fall or winter, and be careful not to overfeed, as this may lead to chemical burn. Your plant may also benefit from added nutrition during potting or repotting from a natural fertilizer such as worm castings.
Monstera Albo Watering
You should rewater your Monstera Albo after the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried. Watering frequency may be reduced in winter. Ensure that you do not overwater your Monstera Albo.
Monstera Albo Light Requirements
Your Monstera Albo will require lots of bright indirect light to keep it happy and vibrant. You should provide your plant with a minimum of 6 hours of light daily. However, keep in mind that this plant is extra sensitive to direct light due to its variegation. Conversely, if you do not provide this plant with enough sunlight, it will lose its variegation.
Monstera Albo Temperature & Humidity
This tropical plant will thrive if kept in warm, humid environments. Therefore, it would be best to strive to keep your plant between 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and at least 60% humidity. As this plant requires above-average humidity to flourish, you should add extra humidity by installing a humidifier or pebble tray.
Repotting Monstera Albo
You will need to repot your Monstera Albo every 2-3 years or whenever roots are seen poking through its container’s drainage holes. Repotting should be done in spring. Select a container that is 2-3 inches larger in diameter. Carefully repot your plant, refresh the soil, tamp lightly, water thoroughly, and stick in indirect light
Monstera Albo Maintenance & Pruning
Remove any dead or discolored foliage from the Monstera Albo, but never remove more than 1/4 of the plant at a time. Use sterilized scissors for pruning. Dust the leaves with a microfiber cloth monthly to allow the foliage to absorb the sunlight and keep the variegation.
Monstera Albo Propagation
Monstera Albo may be propagated through stem cuttings. Remember that for propagation success, the stem cutting must have one or more nodes on the stem. To take a cutting, cut a piece of stem that has at least one node using sharp, clean shears. Place your cutting into soil and water thoroughly, and place in indirect light. Roots should appear within a few weeks. During the rooting process, it is essential to keep the soil moist.
Monstera Albo Toxicity
Toxicity to Humans
Monstera Albo is considered toxic to humans and should not be ingested. Keep this plant away from small children and babies.
Toxicity to Cats & Dogs
Unfortunately, Monstera Albo is considered toxic to pets. Do not allow your pets to consume this plant. However, if you suspect that your dog or cat has ingested any portion of this plant, contact your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately.
Monstera Albo Problems
Monstera Albo Leaves Turning Yellow
Yellowing foliage of the Monstera Albo typically indicates an issue with watering (either overwatering or underwatering), a lack of adequate light, or the plant is undernourished and requires more fertilizer.
Monstera Albo Leaves Turning Brown
The foliage of Monstera Albo may turn brown due to lack of humidity, lack of moisture, or due to too much direct sunlight. Remember, this variegated Monstera is particularly prone to foliage scorching if left in direct sunlight.
Monstera Albo Diseases
Monstera Albo is relatively disease-resistant. However, it still may be affected to issues related to overwatering, such as root rot. Ensure that you do not overwater your plant and that you do not allow it to sit in standing water within the plant container’s drainage tray.
Monstera Albo Pests
Monstera Albo is susceptible to common indoor houseplant pests such as scale, mealybugs, fungus gnats, thrips, or spider mites. Therefore, periodically inspect your plant for signs of pests. Upon identification of an infestation, isolate your plant, and treat it with a pesticide, such as neem oil or insecticidal soap.