Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

  • Aka: monstera minima
  • Origin: Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico - toxic
  • Family: Araceae
  • Temperature: 18 - 30°C, Hardiness: 9-11 Humidity 60-70%

This is a fast-growing easy epiphyte that climbs up trees using its aerial roots as anchors. The leaves are heart-shaped and have slits in the sides (fenestrated) similar the monstera deliciosa, although this is not part of the monstera family and neither a Philodendron.

This beautiful plant likes lots of indirect light with a little early morning direct sun, high humidity and likes moist fast-draining peat soil.  Allow the topsoil to dry out before watering and a good shower now and again will clean the leaves which promotes healthy photosynthesis and helps prevents pests. Propagate by cuttings with node and/or aerial root and 1-2 leaves and rooted it in clean, soft water.

Prone to spider mites, yellowing/browning or dry edges of leaves due to inconsistent watering.

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