If you are hyped about the idea of having a Monstera Deliciosa plant, but you do not have enough space for it to grow, these mini monsteras are a great alternative. Because of the uncanny resemblance- the leaf splits, aerial roots, and teenager-like growth, Rhaphidophora Tetraspermas are often called Mini Monsteras. Call it what you want, this plant is great for tiny spaces, easy to care for, and can also handle a bit of neglect. Rhapidophora Tetrasperma is a rare tropical aroid, having small graceful ornamental leaves with split lobes. They are part of the Araceae family but are have a genus of their own called Rhaphidophora. Originating from Malaysia and Southern Thailand, these are the newest popular indoor plant with the least verbally friendly name. Looking to fill your Monstera void? Here’s a perfect choice.
Common name: Mini Monstera, Philodendron Ginny/Piccolo
Scientific name: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
Size: 12 feet depending on environmental conditions
Maintenance: Easy to care for since they are drought tolerant and will thrive in indirect light conditions
Toxicity: Toxic to pets
Where to place: These plants are suitable indoors, especially if you have a tiny living room. Outdoors, it can be placed in the alley or at the front door
Regular watering. Typically, water your plant when the potting medium dries. Mini monsteras like to stay moist during their growing season and can be seen growing faster with regular waterings, and not leaving them too dry for too long. However, it won’t die out if you forget to water it every now and then, it is more sensitive to overwatering if anything.
Bright light. This plant requires bright, filtered light. When kept indoors, direct sun exposure works but when placed outdoors, keep it in a spot that receives bright shade that gets a touch of the morning sun. These mini monsteras are not low light plants hence will grow slowly and produce small foliage if placed in an area with too little light.
Well-draining. Rhaphidophora Tetrasperm plants will thrive in an all-purpose potting soil that is well-draining and rich in organic matter. If you want to improve the drainage system, you can use perlite which helps to aerate the soil and in promoting root growth. Potting mix used for orchids with active charcoal will also be a good choice for these plants.
Standard household humidity. This plant can tolerate standard household humidity (30-40%), but it will absolutely love added humidity! If you can place it near a humidifier or group it with other suitable plants, it will be of great benefit. When it comes to temperature requirements, it does not like either of the extremes, nothing too hot or cold.
During the growing season. These plants do well with a balanced or high-nitrogen fertilizer monthly, during the growing season. The feeding must be cut down drastically or completely during the colder months when the growth slows down.
Cuttings. When you start to notice leaf nodes on your Rhaphidophora Tetraspermas, it is time to transform it into new little plants. Propagating these mini monsteras is easy as the only thing you need to do is take a stem chunk from the mother plant and place it into a glass of water for it to root or place it directly into the soil. Wait for a month and your new little plant will start to grow!