What is the Monstera Thai?
The Monstera Thai is actually called Monstera deliciosa "Thai Constellation". It is a variant of the common Monstera deliciosa, but has a very special coloring of the leaves. Its leaves are "variegated" which means that the plant's leaves are finely mottled with cream.
Where does Monstera Thai come from?
The Monstera Thai has its origins in a Thai laboratory. There it was bred as a mutation of Monstera deliciosa as the demand for variegated plants increased in the market. The name "Thai Constellation" comes from the Thai starry sky, because the leaves look very similar to it due to their variegation.
What is the difference to Monstera deliciosa variegata?
Variegata is caused by a genetic defect. Therefore the variegation is not very even and the plant can only be propagated by cuttings, not by seed. The Thai Constellation was bred in the laboratory and is a mutant species. Therefore its variegation remains more even and propagation from seeds is possible.
Can the Monstera Thai be compared to the original form?
When it comes to care, the two plants are very similar. However, you have to know that the Thai variety grows slower due to the white spots on its leaves! Why? The cream-colored speckles on the leaves do not carry chlorophyll, so are photosynthetically inactive, so the white spots don't produce energy, but use it. This minus has to be compensated by the green parts of the plant, which means that less energy is left for the plant to grow.
Why is the Monstera Thai so expensive?
It takes a lot of effort to grow such beautiful and evenly mottled leaves. The more regular and "typical" the characteristic drawing of the leaves, the more expensive the plant. Those plants that meet this ideal are rare but sought after, which drives prices up.
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