How can you resist such a gratifyingly fast-growing plant with stunning mature foliage?
I personally can’t.
If you haven’t noticed already, these plants don’t look like a Monstera deliciosa at all!
That’s because these are plantlets (aka baby plants) and they still have some growing to do until they start producing leaves with the iconic lobes and holes of a mature M. deliciosa plant. This is just what these plants look like when they’re young.
Our plantlets are most likely Monstera deliciosa var. borsigiana. This is a faster growing, smaller cultivar of the M. deliciosa that are commonly not sold under their full name.
If you are thinking about getting this plant and don't want to wait for a plantlet to start producing mature foliage you have a couple options.
- Purchase a mature plant.
- Purchasing at your local boutique plant shop may cost you a little extra, but you will more than likely be able to scoop up that Instagram-ready specimen.
- However, your local nursery, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and IKEA have awarded some patient plant enthusiasts I've known of in the past with some exceptional deals on gorgeous plants.
- Purchase/barter for a cutting off a mature plant.
- Plants grown propagated from cuttings off a mature plant will maintain their mature foliage pattern. There is the added bonus of a substantially more cost effective purchase too.
- Because this is such a vigorous, fast-growing plant, the wait isn't long to get something you can throw up on the 'Gram in a post about your lush #jungalow pad for #monsteramonday.
In my opinion, if you can make the space for it, M. deliciosa is a wonderful choice if you’re wanting a visually dramatic and fairly easy care plant.
Likes: Bright, unfiltered sunlight or bright artificial light, moist, breathable soil (add in that perlite!), breathable container (terra cotta) with drainage, dilluted solution of your choice plant food, water, regularly being checked for pests, being given a trellis/support structure to climb when more mature and a touch of humidity.
Dislikes: Dark, soggy, cold conditions, compacted dry soil, being root bound or pot bound.
Happy growing! And please share your own M. deliciosa experiences!
Here is a photo of our darling baby plant upon its initial acquisition from Pistils Nursery in Portland. (November 2017) How cute!