Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma (6" Pot)
+ Comes in a 6" plastic container.
R. Tetrasperma is a beautiful split leafed plant. Considered to be a heterophyllous species (meaning it is capable of having dissimilar leaves on the same plant), it is also a rare vining plant, that is easy to grow and propagate. It should also be noted that the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma has nothing to do with the Monstera or Philodendron family, even though it is commonly referred to as the "Dwarf Monstera" or a "Ginny Philodendron". Although they are all in the same Araceae family (which simply includes all "aroids"), the R. Tetraspermia is in a totally separate genus, and is from a completely different part of the world than the other two aforementioned plants. The Monstera and Philodendron are considered Neo-tropic plants native to Central and South American, while the R. Tetrasperma is native to Thailand and Malaysia. Another key difference is in the leaf structure; the R. Tetrasperma leaves, while split like a Monstera, are delicate by nature, whereas a Monstera has a much thicker leaf structure.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Araceae / Rhaphidophora
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma / Mini Monstera / Dwarf Monstera / Monstera Ginny / Mini split-leaf / Ginny Philodendron
This is a vining plant, and loves to grow up, versus out, Make sure it has a a place to hold onto. In nature it can grow up to 16 feet tall, if given the proper support (e.g. a tree)
This plant does not like cold, its ideal temperature is between 55-75 degrees F, but be forewarned drops below the 50s can result in cold shock to this plant (if this happens you will see black on the leaves, and they will curl up). It should also be noted that they are heat sensitive as well, and can start to wilt their leaves if the temps go into the 80s.
R. Tetraspermas prefer bright indirect light. They do not like direct sun on their leaves, as they do not have the typical protective waxy coating that is found on leaves, and so are more susceptible to sun scorch.
These plants are found in the jungles, but also in more drier climates, so while they do like to have damp soil, it can also be fine if you allow the soil to dry out during a watering. It is far more sensitive to overwatering than under (but aren't most plants!) Misting these plants is also highly recommended.
Well draining soil is great. Use a mix of potting soil (or coir), perlite, charcoal, and orchid bark.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Surprisingly yes, though it is quite rare for an indoor R. Tetrasperma to bloom.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
Yes! This plant is considered toxic to animals and children. So if you have either that like to chew on things you may want to place these up on high.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes! These are very easy to propagate, simply cut where a node is on the plant, best if there are already 2-3 leaves attached to it. You can then either put it into water until a root forms, or dip into rooting powder and plant into soil.
Common pests: Spider mites. / Other common ailments: Leaf spots, fungal spots, bacterial rot.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.