Monstera Albo

Albo Monstera plants are gorgeous plants that will catch the eye of every person that enters your home. This plant is a rare beauty, so you are lucky if you can get your hands on one. This plant does require more care than the all-green Monstera plants. So, how do your care for an Albo Monstera?

Albo Monstera plants need good, nutrient-filled, well-draining soil that is loose and aerated. They require regular watering to keep their soil moist, and they prefer bright but indirect sunlight to stay healthy. The preferred temperature range for this plant is between 65° and 80° Fahrenheit.

Albo Monstera plants are native to the tropical forests in the Southern region of Mexico, but these beauties rarely survive in the wild due to their genetic mutations that affect their Chlorophyll. Let’s go through how you can care for your Albo Monstera correctly so it will thrive in your care!

How To Know If Your Plant Is A Albo Monstera

Albo Monstera (Monstera deliciosa ‘albo variegata’) plants would not survive in the wild as they have additional care requirements compared to the all-green Monsteras due to their genetic mutations. However, the Albo Monstera is still a relatively low-maintenance plant that is easy to care for.

These plants are considered Albino or the more popular term being variegated plants due to their coloring. You can also find this plant under the names Variegated Monstera Deliciosa and White Monstera.

Characteristics Of The Albo Monstera

The Albo Monstera plant is rare, and it can be pretty expensive, so if you want one for your collection, be ready to pay a pretty penny to get one for yourself. The plant is characterized by the shortage of Chlorophyll in the plant’s leaves, which makes parts, if not all, of the leaves white on the plant. This gives the plant a unique look that most other plants do not have.

Someone holding a Monstera Albo plant

Growth Rate And Size

Albo Monstera plants are slow-growing and will grow to about 10 feet in height and spread about two or three feet in width. If you want your Albo Monstera to grow bigger, you can use a moss pole by planting it with your plant in the pot. This plant is a blooming plant that will only bloom when fully matured.

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How To Care For The Albo Monstera

To ensure your Albo Monstera plant is growing well and thriving, you need to make sure that you keep the plant in the plant’s preferred living conditions and provide everything the plant needs to grow big and stay healthy.

Keeping your Albo Monstera plant in the right conditions is essential for this type of plant, particularly as it has a smaller amount of Chlorophyll in its leaves. This means that the plant battles to survive a lot more than its all-green equivalents.

So, let’s see what these living conditions are and what you must do to keep your Albo Monstera plant happy and healthy.

Temperature And Humidity Requirements

There are certain conditions you should keep your Albo Monstera plant in if you want it to grow strong and healthy.

With your Albo Monstera plants, you should never allow the temperature to reach below 50° Fahrenheit, as lower temperatures can start slowing the plant’s growth rate. If the temperature stays at 50° Fahrenheit or drops even lower, the plant’s growth will stop completely, and the plant could die because of the low temperatures.

The perfect temperature range for your Albo Monstera plant is between 65°and 80° Fahrenheit. Albo Monstera plants are tropical plants, so they favor higher humidity levels; however, this is not necessary for their survival.

If you want to keep your Albo Monstera plant growing well, especially in hotter months, you can mist the plant’s leaves with some cool water or use a humidifier in the plant’s room to help increase humidity levels, which will help keep the plant happy.

Watering Guide

Albo Monstera plants originate from tropical climates, so this plant has grown to flourish in moist conditions. Regular watering is best with Albo Monstera plants if you have the plant in the right soil.

You should water the plant thoroughly until you see water draining out the pot’s drainage holes and then stop watering. You need to wait until the first two inches of the plant’s soil is dry before you water the plant again.

Albo Monstera plants are not drought-hardy plants, so you will need to water them regularly, especially if you reside in hotter climates. These plants are vulnerable to overwatering, so it is better to underwater them and then water them more frequently than overwater them, as overwatering can cause more problems for the plant, like root rot.

Watering Albino Monsteras

Light Guide

Albo Monstera plants should be kept in bright and indirect sunlight while growing and establishing themselves in their pots. These plants are unique from their all-green equivalents as they need this bright light and cannot survive in low light conditions like the all-green Monsteras.

The all-green Monstera plants will grow in the shade of deep woodlands in their natural environments, but the Albo Monstera has a genetic alteration that would not survive in this shady environment.

The white sections of the plant contain no chlorophyll, which is what the plant requires to photosynthesis properly. As the plant has a smaller amount of Chlorophyll, the plant needs to work harder to photosynthesis and will require brighter light conditions to survive.

If you let your Albo Monstera plant receive direct sunlight for a long time, this can scorch the plant’s leaves, with the sunlight burning and discoloring the leaves. Keeping your Albo Monstera by a north or east-facing window is best to ensure it gets the light required to thrive.

Soil And Potting Requirements

Albo Monstera plants require loose, well-draining, and aerated soil to ensure they remain healthy and happy. The plant’s soil needs to have slight moisture-retaining qualities, but not too much, as this can start causing issues for the plant.

The soil needs to be nutrient-rich and contain some organic materials, such as perlite, to make the soil loamy, which will help the plant grow.

Although the Albo Monstera adores moisture in its soil, you still need to be careful of overwatering the plant. To keep your Albo Monstera plant healthy, you need to balance the soil’s water retention qualities with the soil’s drainage.

You can use regular potting soil as a base for your Albo Monstera plant and mix some perlite or orchid bark into the potting soil to help with drainage and water retention.

As the Albo Monstera plant needs good drainage, you need to make sure the pot you use for this plant has plenty of drainage holes to remove excess water from the plant’s roots.

Fertilizer Requirements

Albo Monstera plants need to be fertilized as they use a large amount of nutrients to help them survive. Albo Monstera plants need all the help they can from you, as they are not as self-sufficient as the all-green Monsteras due to their lack of Chlorophyll.

When you are fertilizing your Albo Monstera plant, you need to use a liquid fertilizer that is well-balanced with a ratio of 20-20-20.

You need to fertilize your Albo Monstera plant once a month during the plant’s active growing season in the spring and summer. To fertilize your plant properly, you need to dilute ½ a teaspoon of the fertilizer into one gallon of water and pour this mixture into the plant’s soil until you see the water run out the drainage holes.

You will use this fertilizing method in place of watering the plant. Do not pour the excess diluted fertilizer that runs through the drainage holes back into the soil, as the plant already has what it needs to survive. The excess could burn the plant’s roots, rather throw it away.

In fall or winter, do not fertilize your Albo Monstera; the plant will not require the nutrients because it’s not actively growing.

Monstera Albo

Quick Care Tips For The Albo Monstera

Knowing how to take care of your Albo Monstera plant’s daily or weekly needs is one thing, but you also need to know how to take care of the plant’s yearly care requirements that are less frequent but still vital to the plant’s health and survival.

These care requirements are still fairly simple and do not take long to complete. So, let us look at the less frequent care requirements of the Albo Monstera plant.

Pruning Guide

Albo Monstera plants will need a bit more pruning than the all-green variations. If your plant grows an all-white leaf, this leaf has zero Chlorophyll in it and will die rapidly. When they begin to die, you should prune the leaves off.

If your Albo Monstera produces an all-green leaf, you should also prune this leaf off to help discourage all-green growth. Apart from these two additional pruning requirements, you can prune your Albo Monstera like a normal Monstera plant.

Potting And Repotting

Albo Monstera plants require well-draining pots with plenty of draining holes at the bottom to make sure the water does not sit around the plant’s roots, as this can begin to cause problems for the plant.

Albo Monstera plants do not require regular repotting, as they are slow-growing. You should only repot your Albo Monstera when it has surpassed its current pot’s size or if there are more roots in the plant pot than soil. Remember only to go one pot size bigger when repotting your Monstera.

When you repot your Albo Monstera, you should repot it in the early spring as this is at the closing of its dormant period, right before it starts to grow actively, which will help it recover from the transplant faster.

Propagation Facts

The best propagation method for this plant is through stem cuttings, and it should only be done in the plant’s active growing season in summer and spring.

You need to find a healthy plant stem that is already growing nice and big and ensure it has at least one node on it. Carefully cut the stem off and dip the cut side into a good quality rooting hormone to help the plant establish itself better.

Plant the stem into the correct soil and water slightly. Look after this new plant as you would its parent plant, just with more regular watering, and it should start rooting in about three months.

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Pests And Diseases

The pests you need to look for with your Albo Monstera include aphids, thrips, mealybugs, scale, and spider mites. These pests can kill your plant if you do not treat them with insecticidal soap. You can also prevent these insects from attacking your plant by spraying them with neem oil spray.  

The disease that you need to worry about the most with your Albo Monstera plant is root rot, caused by overwatering the plant. To get rid of this disease, you will need to repot your plants and trim off all infected roots.

Conclusion

Albo Monstera plants are stunning plants that should be added to your houseplant collection if you can afford to buy one. These lovely plants are still relatively easy to look after. They rarely require more from you than a quick watering and some fertilizer if all their other preferred environmental conditions are already met. Good luck with your Albo Monstera!

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