Raphidophora Tetrasperma 'Mini Monstera'
Everything you want from a monstera but in small. Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, a native to southern Thailand, may be one of the harder names of a houseplant to pronounce but it is much easier to care for.
If you’re a fan of the Monstera deliciosa but don’t have enough space, Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is the houseplant for you. This easy care houseplant has a classic green foliage that belongs in every aroid enthusiasts collection.
Often nicknamed the mini Monstera, this baby develops beautiful fenestrations in the leaves. Unlike the Monstera Deliciosa however, this houseplant keeps its leaf size to under 30 cm as an adult. It grows steadily throughout the year surprising its owner regularly with new leaves and is a very hardy houseplant with a strong will to survive.
As far as care, the ‘Mini Monstera’ enjoys partial shade with lots of light. Direct sun will overwhelm this indoor plant, but if there is not enough light, the leaves might start to develop a little smaller than usual. Darrel from House Plant Journal offers a great video on the difference between direct sunlight and indirect light.
This hardy houseplant also likes to be watered when the top layer of soil is dry. Stick your finger in the dirt up to the second knuckle. Bone dry? Then this baby is ready for another drink. We also like to do a pot test by picking up the nursery pot. A super light pot that wants to almost float up out of your hand is also a sign that it’s time to water again.
Tetrasperma likes a chunky well-draining soil with lots of bark and plenty of aeration. Moist, NOT dripping or soaking wet is key. When watering give enough just until water starts to drip out of the holes of the nursery pot.
It could be that the soil has become a little water-phobic between waterings and that the water will either run directly down the sides or stay hovering on top of the soil without actually reaching the roots. Allow the first few sips to soak in and wait a minute or so before finishing up with the rest.
Like Monsteras, this houseplant is a climber, or epiphytic, and will thank you for any support it is given for its aerial roots to attach to. Moss poles are a great option for this. If you find that the R. Tetrasperma is getting a bit leggy, you can prune back the vines at any time to encourage a tighter, more compact foliage. New leaves will then grow at the point the vine was cut back to.
We would like to emphasize the importance of fertilizing your plants. The longer plants are in the same soil, the less nutrients are available for them to flourish. The ‘Mini Monstera’ is no exception. At least once a month in spring and summer, or twice if you remember, fertilize the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma with a liquid fertilizer. Back off to about half that amount in autumn and winter.
Size: Approximately 15-20 cm long in a 10cm nursery pot
Care tips: bright indirect light, watering when the top layer of soil (4cm) is dry
Don’t have a pot on hand? The Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma fits nicely in a 12 cm terracotta pot that is also available in our store.
Not sure about placement? Olivia from Life of Roselle gives some good rules of thumb for placement of plants.