Monstera Albo:monstera albo borsigiana
variegated string of hearts.Known as the Swiss Cheese plant, Monstera Albo has made an appearance in several movies such as The Green Mile and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It’s no surprise that its unique look makes it quite an attention-grabber. When people see these plants they often ask what they are, and when you tell them, they usually can’t believe how pretty they are.monstera albo borsigiana
monstera albo borsigiana
The Monstera, also called Swiss Cheese Plant, is a genus of tropical leaf climbing vine, native to Central America and Mexico. The plant is widely grown as an ornamental for its large leaves which have variegated patterns and markings. Each leaf can reach up to 1 metre in diameter. Monsteras are summer-growing vines and cannot tolerate frost or freezing temperatures. They grow best in subtropical climates with high humidity and warm summers. They need to be protected from cold winter winds and should not be planted outdoors until all danger of frost has passed. In temperate regions they must be grown under glass with heat.
This plant has a number of common names. It is known as split-leaf philodendron because it can be grown as a houseplant. Its leaves are usually 12 inches (30.5 cm) long, but in healthy plants they grow larger and can reach up to 1 foot (30 cm). Some more common names for Monstera deliciosa include split-leaf philodendron, golden heart, pacman plant, ribbon plant, Swiss cheese plant and zebra plant. The name monstera comes from its resemblance to some species of monsteras native to Mexico. The specific epithet deliciosa means delicious or pleasing, referring to its edible fruit. In Spanish, it is called Taro de leche, which translates into Milk Tree. In German, it is called Schneeglöckchen which translates into Snowbell.
watering of monstera plants
Watering Monsteras can be tricky because, unlike most other houseplants, they are not drought tolerant. You need to keep them regularly moist without overwatering. The best way to do so is to use a watering can and submerge each plant’s soil completely until water drains out of holes in pot. Then allow all excess water to drain before removing it from its saucer. If you must use a spray bottle or an automatic watering system, leave plants’ soil thoroughly dry between weekly showers. Allow 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of space around each plant for good air circulation. Make sure that your container has drainage holes in its bottom; if there aren’t any, drill some using a power drill fitted with a 1/8-inch (3 mm) bit.
storage and shipping
Handling and Shipping- Plant Material: Do not wet material. Only clean with a slightly dampened cloth to remove dust and dirt. Store on a level surface in moist peat moss or perlite at 65-80 degrees F with 50% relative humidity. When shipping plants by air, be sure to pack them in a sturdy box filled with damp sphagnum moss, then wrap securely in foam for protection during travel. Keep plants warm (65-75 degrees F) while traveling and use caution when handling so as not to damage leaves. Plants should arrive ready to pot up into your final container. If they are to be shipped internationally, they must have phytosanitary certificates.
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