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Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma - Monstera Minima easy care guide as indoor climbing plant

December 24, 2019

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma growing in a cup

Raphidophora Tetrasperma is a fast-growing vining plant like the famous Monstera form. This is one of the fastest-growing varieties of aroid which is desired for its unique fenestrated leaves. Sometimes it is also called “Dwarf Monstera” or “Monstera Ginny” as it resembles the Monstera deliciosa. It originates from Southern Thailand and from Malaysia and belongs to the Araceae family of plants.

Monstera Characteristics

The leaves of raphidophora tetraspera grow to 6 to 12 feet in a season, are similarly branched in every direction, but stay quite small. This plant has become extremely popular among people as it takes up less interior growing space. This plant is easy to take care of, best suited indoors if it has something to climb on as it loves to climb up a moss pole. It's easy to proliferate from stem tip cuttings and thrives in bright indirect light. These are very healthy, climbing tropical plants with deep-rooted systems. These can be grown in a small teacup too.

Indoor cultivation

The growth rate and leaf color of Tetrasperma Mini Monstera will vary significantly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature, and other factors. It needs medium light and it’s usually preferred to avoid putting it under direct sunlight. It requires average humidity and watering should only be frequent in warmer months. The average amount of soil needed for this plant to nourish is 4-6 cm in-depth and it should be close to dry, not damp. If the leaves are browning or yellowing, you should avoid watering for a while week. The ideal temperature is around room temperature and just above the cold weather that requires you to bring in your coats (15°C).

Fertilizer requirement

All plants need fertilizer to grow and this specimen is no different. It may get a little bit expensive, but it is a must to keep your plant healthy. A normal average fertilizer would do just nice and help it sustain in full bloom. To provide it with further help in growing, you can also arrange climbing support for the plant so that it can grow in the direction and shape you would prefer.

Any problems I should be aware of?

A very common problem which you can face while keeping such a plant is spider mites. This pest can cause great harm to the looks and health of the plant. They damage the leaves and stunt its growth. The best way to deal with them is to cut the damaged leaves, use a new pot with new soil and the most important part: use insecticides in a contained amount. An overdose can burn your plant inside out.



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