Monstera deliciosa

markparsons435(6b)April 23, 2013

I've been on the hunt for this plant and I've not had much luck. I'm actually in a different state for a few days visiting my grand daughter and thought I would have had more luck here since it's a much larger city. However, it's been a disappointing search. Do you guys have a favorite house plant website you trust that maybe I can order this? I have read a lot on this plant and it gets confusing .. I want the "swiss cheese" type with the holes in it..

Thanks!

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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I have a suggestion. How about the variegated mexican breadfruit plant on logees greenhouse. It is very pricey. here is a link

http://www.logees.com/Variegated-Mexican-Breadfruit-Monstera-deliciosa-Variegata/productinfo/R1919-4/

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 1:55PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This plant must reach a mature state before it starts making the split/holed leaves. If you see one with solid leaves, it's just not to that phase yet. A mom'n'pop store that deals with house plants might be able to get one for you (without the hassle, responsibility, shipping costs of ordering online.)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 4:14PM
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birdsnblooms

Mark...your best bet is Ebay or Glass House Works.

Hi Purple...How ya doing? Toni

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:13PM
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Grantgarden2 Zone 5a/b

Hello Mark, I have some of Monstera deliciosa plant that need to get a haircut, maybe we can trade? Just email me, Thanks Grant

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:51PM
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Grantgarden2 Zone 5a/b

Teen, WOWW!! that is expensive for a little 4 inch plant that cost around $50.00 at logees! I wonder why it cost so much?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:58PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Supply meets demand....and some are crushed at that intersection. :)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 6:14PM
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birdsnblooms

Grant, add another 15.00? for shipping. lol.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 7:06PM
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markparsons435(6b)

YIKES I think I would do without than pay that for a 4" pot .. but thank you for the link

hopfulauthor thanks .. I'll check them out

purpleinopp - I'll keep that in mind, thanks for the tip!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 8:04PM
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ozarkia(6b-ish)

teengardener1888, I've been drooling over that plant you linked, too!

As for the OP and the Monstera, I wasn't satisfied with any online options I found, but recently discovered a local nursery has them (the non-variegated). They're a good mature size, but have beat-up/blemished leaves, so I haven't been able to justify the $40 or so they want for them. :-\

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 4:12AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Years ago a friend had the variegated variety shown above(called it an "alba")and I'm pretty sure I'd been promised a cutting of it but somehow I don't think it ever got around to happening. I know that a while back he let his makeshift greenhouse go for a winter as bills were nearly around $400 the previous year just to heat it...he lost some doosies(not just the alba). I just couldn't believe it,..I mean....I woulda figured out SOME kinda WAY to save that collection!

Anyway,
this thread is makes me remember my old friend back there....really should drop him a line.

Thanks for that! :)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 5:30AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I was kinda kidding. I jumped when i seen the price. Variegated mexican breadfruit is very expensive almost anywhere

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 7:57AM
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tropicbreezent

I thought these would have been readily available nearly everywhere as houseplants, particularly the smaller ones without the fenestrations. Maybe they're not the "flavour of the month" just now. If you ask the retailers direct they may be able to get one in for you..

Here's a photo to show you how big to expect it to get (if you give it enough room).

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:03AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Oh yes!!These things grow huge. This will tell you. People buy these in fancy 4 inch pots and expect them to behave. But as they grow, there wild side comes to life. BE AWARE!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: HUGE PLANT INFO

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:09AM
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petrushka

plain green ones are common and easy to get, while the variegated ones are rare and therefore expensive. I would think that it is possible to locate it in florida nurseries, like in homestead area, that specialize in tropical.eg. Richard lyons nursery. also there are nurseries near Orlando if you are visiting that area. but then you'll have to fly it?
perhaps once you locate it at the nursery, your local shop might arrange the order. here's a "list" to rare plants nursery in texas: split leaf philo variegated is there for 25$, but most are sold out...

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:53AM
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petrushka

oh, I just realized that you were actually looking for plain green ones. "this" nursery in Melbourne, fl near Orlando sells them, don't know if they ship.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 12:01PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

You can even buy a mexican breadfruit plant on amazon for a decent price. But plants from amazon often dont ship well

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 12:51PM
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ozarkia(6b-ish)

A little off-topic, but I think I recall reading somewhere that the variegated ones are much more sensitive to low humidity (and/or low light, maybe?) -- i.e., the white parts will brown in "normal" house conditions that the green ones would accept. Can anyone back that up?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 3:24PM
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petrushka

variegated plants in general require more light then their green equivalents - that's true. they also grow slower. and are less vigorous.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 3:36PM
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drvongirl

I have a verigated monstera that i got from logees a couple of years ago. Yes, it was expensive but i had been eyeing it in there catalogue and just took the plunge and bought it. i have no regrets it is a beautiful plant. I live in Washington state and mine is indoors. My sister who lives in savanah, Georgia also bought one at the same time. Her leaves are twice as big as mine and she keeps hers on her front deck outside. Her monstera looks like a bush because the leaves are so big and mine looks like a vine with big leaves. :(( We have come to the conclusion that the difference is her plant is outside and the humidity there in savanah. She leaves it outside all year. So light levels and humidity do make a difference.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 4:47AM
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grrr4200(z3 MI)

i got my 2 off of ebay. Paid 12 dollars for the one and 18.50 for the other. I have noticed that they appreciate sheltered light. I haven't really had any problems with mine browning. This summer im going to combine the two into one pot and put them up a totem. Hopefully they'll put out some nice full leaves :)

I guess like most 'rare' plants now a days it depends on where you can find it. who has it. and if you're lucky enough to get someone who doesnt know what they have to either give you a piece or sell it for cheap. Happy Hunting!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 12:29PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This is why I'm still on the hunt as well... When I see them (rarely,) they're way out of my price range for a single plant but I understand - they're BIG. Man-oh-man, the big awesome ones I saw in NOLA! Sigh...!

Doesn't Tropicbreeze make you want to visit Australia?!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 12:39PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Has anyone ever had this plant produce flowers of maybe breadfruit.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 1:34PM
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stewartsjon

We've only ever ordered one variegated 1.5m Monstera mosspole - the best part of ten years ago and it was ã50.00 trade from Holland, so retail would have been (say) ã120.00 - IIRC that's about $180.00?

It was a nice plant though - really high contrast white/green.

OT but the comment by petrushka about variegated plants being more temperamental than the 'vanilla' varieties is generally true; can anyone think of any exceptions?

Mine would be Sansevieria Laurentii which is (IME) much stronger than the plain green ones, and Schefflera Gold Capella, which performs better than the plain green one (again, IME).

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 4:19AM
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