Mini Monstera Complete Care Guide

First time I got this plant I lost it to root rot. Did it stop me to buy another one? Hell no. Mini monstera is still one of my favorites and today I’ll be sharing with you how I managed to grow it beautifully.

Scientific name: Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

Also called: Mini Monstera, Monstera Minima, Philodendron Ginny, Philodendron Piccolo

Family: ARACEAE

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care meter: 8/10

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is a great plant once you learn what it needs.

light

This plant needs a lot of bright indirect light. If it doesn’t get enough light, either it stops growing or the new growth comes out as tiny and pathetic hahah.

If you don’t have enough light in your home, you can help your plant with grow lights. I tried that with Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma and it didn’t disappoint. Once it is happy with the light it’s getting, it will grow massive.

A sign that your Mini Monstera receives good light is the leaves fenestration. If the light is not enough, leaves will return to their juvenile form.

Mini Monstera juvenile leaves

watering

Water you Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma every time the soil is almost dry. I water mine once a week during summer and once every 14 days during winter.

When I received my first Mini Monstera through mail, the soil was very wet and cold. This led to root rot (but I didn’t know that much about it back then). What I’m saying is, please don’t overwater your plant. Them roots are very sensitive.

this is how an overwatered Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma looks like

temperature

Average temperature it’s great for your Mini Monstera. I grow mine at around 23-24°C, and somewhere around that is fine. Don’t let it drop below 15°C. This usually leads to root rot and that’s not fun to deal with.

humidity

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma likes a bit more humidity. If you can give it around 60% or more is great, but I found this plant is quite adaptable. It can grow in average humidity, but it’s not ideal.

amazing aerial roots on Mini Monstera and perfect for propagation

fertilizer

I fertilize my Mini Monstera once every month during growing season. I usually stop during winter, but if your home is warm and welcoming, you can still fertilize it. With a more diluted fertilizer, you can feed your plant once every two months.

I use a NPK ratio of 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 to promote healthy growth everywhere (leaves, stems, roots). A regular fertilizer for houseplants is great too. Whatever you have in your home is going to do the job.

substrate

Ever since I had problems with root rot, I like to create for all my plants a very light mix to help the water drain fast. For Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma I use coco coir, perlite and pine bark in equal quantities. This is a great option to help the water disappear.

Please don’t use just regular soil for this plant… it lowers the chances of survival. If you don’t have anything else, consider adding 50% regular potting mix and 50% perlite. Perlite will help a lot with those healthy roots.

leggy Mini Monstera due to lack of light

plastic versus terracotta

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is great in both plastic and terracotta pots. I prefer plastic for bigger plants and terracotta for small ones. But this is just because I can’t lift much 😇.

If you choose terracotta over plastic, make sure to check the soil more frequently. Terracotta is great for making water evaporate fast, so you might adjust your watering schedule a little.

repotting

Your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma will want a new home when the current pot is overwhelmed. Roots coming out of the drainage holes is a great sign to look for.

You can repot it anytime it needs, it is preferable during growing season but not mandatory. When the plant is growing, the damaged roots can recover faster. Choose a pot slightly bigger and do your magic ✨.

propagation

There are several ways to propagate your Mini Monstera and the best one for me was cuttings in water. Cut the plant into segments containing at least one node, place them into water and wait.

You can propagate it by leafless stem cuttings as well. You’ll need some sphagnum moss or coco coir and a clean container. After placing the nodes on the substrate of choice, place the container in a zip bag. Open the zip bag from time to time to avoid rotting, and you’ll grow new plants pretty easy.

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma roots grown in water

pests

I didn’t have any pest on my Mini Monstera so far, but thrips or spider mites can be a threat. It’s best to inspect the plant every time you water it to spot any problem in time.

toxicity

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is not pet friendly and could cause irritation. Please keep it away from any cute pet.

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