Want to grace your living room with a variegated stunner? This Monstera Albo Care Guide will help you with just that!
Native to the rainforests of Central America, Monstera Albo is widely sought after for its unique and eye-catching variegated leaves that add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any indoor space. Learn about growing this beautiful houseplant in this all-inclusive care guide!
- Botanical Name: Monstera deliciosa var. albo-variegata
- Popular as—Monstera Albo, Variegated Monstera, Albo Monstera
- Reaches an average height of 6-8 feet indoors
- Prefers bright, indirect sunlight
- Thrives in temperature range of 65-80°F or 18-27°C
- Toxic to pets and humans
What is Monstera Albo?
Member of the Arum family, Monstera Albo features large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves that are predominantly green with white or cream-colored patches or streaks. The variegated leaves are the result of a genetic mutation that causes the chlorophyll in the plant to be distributed unevenly, resulting in a striking color pattern. Also, the foliage exhibits heavy fenestrations that double up the plant aesthetics.
With heavy variegation and prominent fenestrations, The plant typically grows to a height of 10-20 feet in its natural habitat. However, when grown as an indoor plant, it tends to be smaller, growing to a maximum height of around 6-8 feet.
Monstera Albo Flowers
As a proud parent owner of a Monstera Albo, you’ll be fascinated to learn about its unique flowers. These plants produce an inflorescence called a spadix, which is surrounded by a white or cream-colored spathe, resembling a hood. The spadix is made up of tiny flowers that can develop into an exotic, cone-shaped fruit called Monstera fruit or ceriman.
Flowering is an extremely rare occurrence indoors, often requiring maturity and optimal growing conditions to trigger the process. You’re fortunate enough, if you get to witness your Monstera Albo bloom.
Monstera Albo vs Thai Constellation
- Monstera Albo has green leaves with white variegation that can range from small speckles to large patches, while Thai Constellation has green leaves with white or cream variegation that can form unique, random patterns.
- Monstera Albo is more sensitive to direct sunlight and can get sunburned, while Thai Constellation is more tolerant of direct light.
- Monstera Albo is a rare and expensive plant, while Thai Constellation is more widely available and affordable.
- Both plants can be propagated through stem cuttings, but Monstera Albo is more difficult to propagate due to its slow growth and tendency to revert to its non-variegated form.
- Both plants have large, heart-shaped leaves with multiple cuts or holes, giving them a distinctive look.
- Both plants require well-draining soil and moderate watering, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
- They both prefer bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions.
- Monstera Albo and Thai Constellation benefit from high humidity, so misting or placing them in a humid environment can help keep them healthy.
- Both plants are toxic to pets and humans if ingested, causing gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Ideal Pot Size
When it comes to potting Monstera Albo plants, you must choose a container that is a little bigger than the plant’s root ball. A 4-6 inches pot with 2-3 drainage holes is good enough for a young plant. However, you may need to upgrade it to a one-size bigger container when you see the roots coming out of the drainage holes.