Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma (Mini Monstera) Care, Tips & Growing Guide

All About Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma (Mini Monstera)

The beautiful plant Rhaphidophora tetrasperma which is also known as Mini Monstera is a tropical and attractive plant that grows extremely good indoors and the place under the shade.

This green leafy beautiful plant has split leaves on its body that make it look like a Monstera deliciosa another plant or another type of Philodendron. However, this plant Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is mistakenly called by the name Mini monstera, Philodendron Piccolo, Ginny philodendron plant. Although Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is a member of the family Araceae which is famous family in the plant, it is not at all related to monsteras or philodendrons by its look and features.

This beautiful and evergreen vining plant is commonly found in Malaysia and Southern Thailand areas. The leaves of this plant look like miniatures of another plant which is called Monstera deliciosa and this is the reason that this plant is commonly referred to as mini monstera plant by this similarity. However, this plant is totally different from the Monstera Deliciosa and have different nature, look and it is unique.

This plant has also the other different names like Philodendron Piccolo Plant and Ginny Philodendron Plant. This plant has tiny and dainty ornamental leaves on its body with 6 inches split lobes on it. These splits on this plant and on its leaves look like windows in the leaf, but they remain small in size naturally. These types of plants use their aerial roots for the purpose to climb trees or trellises. This feature of this plant is called Rhaphidophora tetrasperma climbing. This plant is fast growing plant with suitable conditions and healthy environment. This plant reach at the height of 12 feet if it gets proper propagation. This plant is also known as house plant because people Around the world love to keep these plants into their homes.

This beautiful mini Monstera plant is considered an exotic forest plant by its nature. But it can also be found in houses, form and the place which is under the shade or indoor places. This plant gives small leaves without splits if these plants hanged during its breeding.

 If you want to propagate Rhaphidophora plants in your place and you can do it without any difficulty. You just cut down the stem of this plant with some baby leaves and breed them into water or the best soil. The process of Pruning is important for these plants for its better growth. So, you should offer them a stable trellis that will help their aerial roots on its body lean on the support you provide it for fast growth. You can use plastic tape for this purpose.

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care Guide

Lighting

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma care is very easy. These plant like bright indirect light for the better growth and breeding. Too much direct sun light on this plant can cause the leaves weakness and is to develop sunburn and turn into yellow. For the best growth you must have a west facing window in your place, that would be ideal for it and good for it, but if you have not such window in your place then you can still place these plants in front of a south side facing window as long as the light is diffused or the light frequency is low.

The fact about this plant is they also grow really well and in healthy condition under a bright LED light in alternative of window or sun light. So, If you have no window in your place you can still grow them in LED light into your home and keep in mind that if you provide too little light to these plants while its propagation then your plant may put out smaller leaves after your arrangements without any holes in them. So, if you found this condition of this plant you should must provide the more light for its recovery and better growth.

Water

For the better growth this plant Rhaphidophora tetrasperma like to have damp soil for its breeding. The soil plays a vital role in propagation of this plant. A good breeding of this plant is to let the top few inches of potting mix dry out on its top side before you thoroughly water again on the plant. During the winter season this plant should be less grows than the fast-growing season. As growth of this plant slows down then this plant needs low amount of water.

Many people who are love to plants the plant into their house like to bottom water for this plant and if you are one of those people you can still stick the finger of your hand in the potting mix process for the purpose to gauge if it needs more water or you can lift the pot and gauge by weight according to the need of this plant. These plants don’t want to be soggy means a lot of water, but they do not like to sit dry condition either means the low amount of water. A good moisture meter is used by many owners of this plant and so if you don’t like the process of fingering the potting mix for this plant then you can easily use one of these nifty tools instead.

Humidity

Despite this fact that the hailing from a more humid climate of Malaysia where this plant found and the Southern Thailand area.  This plant can grow easily and faster in our homes without extra amount of humidity. For the best growth don’t use any other methods to increase the humility for the fast growth around this plant Rhaphidophora tetrasperma. However, the bright light supported bathroom would no-doubt be a good and suitable place for a the breeding of this plant.

The season of winter when the houses become particularly dry by the nature from this condition and the process of central heating many houseplants will get the more benefit from that increased humidity and This can be either by using a humidifier. Keeping these plants in the bathroom of the house if the light is good at there. Another way is that by placing these plants on pebbles within a tray of fresh amount of water to increase the humidity for the best breeding as the water evaporates in that condition. Breed the plants in group form will also increase the humidity and it is better for the growth pf this plant.

Temperature

Almost as the all other plants which can be grow inside the homes these plants will not survive in that place where the temperature of the place gets below 50°F or 10°C. They grow with faster speed and in the best way can be possible outside place at anywhere during the summer season. But this is not enough something for this plant that you absolutely need to do properly.  But in the situation where you have no outdoor place for this plant. You can grow them into the house but remember the one thing about the temperature and that is the temperature should not low then 50°F or 10°C.

Fertilizer

The good quality fertilizer for the House plants works well in the propagation of this plant.  Just remember the one thing is that is to apply the fertilizer regularly to this plant during the growing season of this plant. In the winter season low the amount of totally stop the fertilizer to this plant. Make sure the fertilizer which is you are using contains micronutrients in it and not just the macronutrients in it but also contains the NPK these are the ingredients for the making the fertilizer more effective. One more important thing is that when your plants growth rate slows down during the winter season you should must also low the amount of fertilizer which is you are providing to this plant. These need low fertilizer in winter season.

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Quick Overview

NameRhaphidophora Tetrasperma
Other NameMini Monstera
FamilyMini Monstera
Water RequirementsKeep soil Moist but nit wet
Light RequirementsBright Indirect Light
Soil RequirementsWell-Draining and Moist
Pests and DiseaseSpider Mites, Fungal Root
rhaphidophora tetrasperma Problem ,
rhaphidophora tetrasperma Problem, Growing Tips

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Problems

One of the most general issues for the people who love to grow this plants that they find it’s growing leggy and it is difficult situation. In the situation this plant will send out extra growth for it if it is not receiving the enough amount of the light. While for the best growth bright indirect light is best for this plant and it is suitable. Keep in mind that this plant receives a lot of bright light If needed the small amounts of direct sun light can help for the fast growth.

For this situation you can turn the plant regularly in the direction so that this plant can get the light and it will also help reduce leggy growth of this plant. It is right that this plant like the moisture condition and more water but it does not mean that you are providing them the water on daily basis. Extra amount of water can cause the problem with this plant and also the excessive amount of water causes the fungal root development in this plant. So, provide the water when it needed.

Pests

The common and mostly found pest pf this plant is Spider Mites.  These pests cause the damage of this plant. These pests attack the stem and leaves of this plant and affective in negative way. These pests are so tiny and they are hard to see but they are dangerous. They also cause the yellowing or speckled leaf surfaces on the body of this plant and occasional scarring to the leaf of this plant. You can use the neem oil for stopping these pests from causing difficulty for this plant. You can also use the pyrethrin-based spray for these dangerous pests if they are in big group.

No Fenestrations

The meaning of ne fenestration is that you either have a plant in your home and that plant is quite young or that plant is not getting enough sunlight as much it needed. If there are adult plants then they have leaves on the body that are start reverting to the smaller shape or in tiny size without the fenestrated leaves on their body then keep or put them close to the window where they can get the direct sun light.

Diseases The beautiful and strong plant mini monstera bears a lot of common plant diseases while the period of its breeding. The big problem of this plant is fungal root rot and this is caused by soilborne fungi. This disease can be devastating to your plant and this is very dangerous for this plant. You should keep away your plant from this condition. Follow the all the instruction and save your plant from the fungal root rot. For the best result keep the soil damp where you want to grow the plant but remember the soil must not soggy. Avoid the standing water around the plant and also maintain the well-draining soil for the best breeding of this plant.

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma (Mini Monstera)
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma (Mini Monstera)

Conclusion

This beautiful and attractive plant Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma species are very famous and good looking among lovers of the jungle style plant and houseplant aficionados. These plants are really easy to grow in your house and very easy to care for. There are only some instructions that you should follow for it best growth and these instructions are these type of plants want a home that can ensure bright indirect sunlight also they are fast growing plants with well-draining organic soil and fertilizer and water on regular base.

These plants can be placed any where in your house and also, they can also be placed outdoor. These are similar to the other plant which is known by Monstera Deliciosa and if you want to breed the monstera deliciosa but you have not enough space at your home then you can grow this beautiful plant which is known by mini monstera. This plant Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is a great alternative of the monstera deliciosa.

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