Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is so beautiful. This vine has distinctive leaf fenestrations. It makes a lovely, interesting, easy care houseplant.
The mini monstera, or Ginny Monstera, is in the plant family araceae. However, This aroid is not actually a relative of monsteras.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is unrelated to philodendrons. But it is often called the ginny philodendron.
This plant has such pretty leaf texture. It’s smooth, glowy and delicate. Even in low light the leaves reflect the light with an inner glow. It looks great on a shelf with a light near it. Or set back from a window.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma plant Training:
The rhaphidphora tetrasperma is native to Malaysia and Southern Thailand.
Like pothos plants, The ginny is an aroid vine. It grows from aerial roots. It loves humidity, warmth and bright INDIRECT light.
The mini monstera grows to 12 feet long in the wild. It twines its way up trees. It grows along the forest floor.
As a houseplant, it will not get much beyond 4 feet in length. Long enough to show it off. And require some thought in placement.
How do you want to display this gorgeous vine?
You can train the ginny monstera several ways.
The mini monstera is beautiful on a moss pole. Drape it along a shelf. Or keep it pruned as a table top plant.
The leaf fenestrations and vine growth resemble the Monstera Deliciosa. And the Monstera Adansonii. This vine is delicate looking, but actually it’s rather tough.
This is a lovely, easy care, fast growing plant. This vine usually in your local garden shops. I encourage you to find one and bring it home.
These tropical plants likes a very humid environment. Keep it around 40 to 60% humidity. Monitor your humidity and temperature with a hygrometer like this one. Its about ten dollars. If you find your plant needs a bit more humidity than your home provides…
- Add a humidifier close by the plant.
- Pebble trays also work great to help increase humidity around your plant as evaporation occurs.
- Grouping plants close together also helps them pick up humidity from each other as they respire.
- If you have a fish tank, set this plant near it if you can.
- Finally get a good mister and regularly mist your plant leaves
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Printable Care Guide:
Read our care guide for all the tips to keep this plant happy.
- Pot (ceramic, plastic, or terra cotta)
- Potting medium (perlite, soil, and orchid bark)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Raphidophora Tetrasperma prefer well draining soil. The roots will rot quickly if they sit in moist soil.
- A homemade aroid soil mix of 2 parts potting soil, 2 parts perlite and 1 part orchid bark will keep the roots happiest.
- Make sure your pot has drainage at the bottom. Do not use a pot with no drainage hole for this plant.
- A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for Raphidophora Tetrasperma.
Pot Size and Type:
- The mini monstera can grow in many different kinds of pots, I like to plant mine in ceramic pots with a drainage hole.
- Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom. Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one. Just go to the next size up pot.
- The Ginny monstera will be happiest in moderate indirect light. It will also grow just fine in lower light conditions, but the growth will be slower.
- Some filtered sunlight from a window may be appreciated in this circumstance.
- Make sure the Raphidophora Tetrasperma isn't sitting in constant direct sunlight. The leaves can burn.
- Water your Ginny when the soil is dry at least an inch down. These aroid plants are typically drought resistant and can withstand longer periods of dryness compared to other houseplants. Every two weeks should be fine.
- Watering is best done on a regular schedule so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant.
- In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is dry.
- Never let this plant get wet feet. This plant is susceptible to root rot in heavy soils. Heavy wet soils also attract fungus gnats.
How to Fertilize:
- Apply a good quality fertilizer (linked in materials) monthly through Spring and summer.
- Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow this plant to rest through the winter months.
- The mini monstera plant will do best in temperatures between 65-85 degrees F.
- The Raphidophora Tetrasperma is a hardy resilient plant. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
- Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress..
- Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
- Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
- To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
- Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.
How to Propagate:
- Cut leaf near the bottom using sterile scissors
- Place in water cut side down or place in soil
- After several weeks roots will grow
- Plant in soil when roots are 2-3 inches long
Training and staking:
Watch our video for a demonstration of how to repot and stake this wonderful vine.
Toxic Plant Warning:
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma contains calcium oxalate crystals. These are toxic. Keep this plant away from pets and people.
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