Although it is sometimes referred to as ‘mini monstera’, Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is actually a completely different plant, although the fenestrations (the lovely splits in the leaves) do look very much like a monstera!
The fast-growing RT is a hit on social media with 20K+ mentions on the Instagram hashtag alone, and was named as one of Plant Life Balance’s favourite up-and-comers for 2020 in this year’s Trend Report.
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma should tolerate average house temperatures and humidity, but with roots in southern Thailand and Malaysia, this evergreen, tropical vine baby will thrive in more steamy situations.
Being a tropical plant, the Rhaphidophora tetrasperma should be grown in bright, indirect light, either indoor or out. Keep out of direct sunlight to avoid the leaves getting burnt, and avoid a low light spot, which will slow the plant’s growth.
Like most tropical plants grown indoors, you will want to avoid overwatering. This means not leaving your plant sitting in a tray of water, and allow the surface to start to dry before the next watering. This will also reduce those pesky fungus gnats! A good guide is to pop your finger in the soil up to the second knuckle joint – if it feels dry, then it’s time for a drink.
Finally, this climbing plant likes having room for its roots to spread out – so when repotting, give RT some extra leg room by choosing the next pot size up, and splash out on a premium potting mix.
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If you want this guy to get growing, make sure you give it something to climb on. This could be a stake, trellis or even twine strung from a window. Pruning should be primarily to remove diseased sections, and maintaining size – but don’t snip more than a quarter at any given time to avoid harming the plant.
Finally, it’s quite an easy one to propagate – simply make a healthy cutting with at least a few leaf nodes on it, and set in a glass of water or soil (ensuring at least the lowest node is under the surface).
Ready to add an RT to your indoor jungle? Give your closest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery a call and have a chat with the experts.