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Monstera karstenianum

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Monstera karstenianum

Monstera karstenianum is the old name, in widespread use, of Philodendron opacum, a member of the cheese plant family. In fact it’s a Philodendron and its proper name is Philodendron karstenianum. It comes originally from the Amazon basin in Brazil. It is a rare plant that will appeal to enthusiasts looking for something healthy and resilient. It can be grown in a pot or perhaps even better, as a climber, cascading from a hanging basket. It has strong, deep-green leaves attached individually to the leaf stalk rather than in pairs.

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Monstera karstenianum
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Monstera karstenianum Monstera karstenianum Monstera karstenianum
Plant type
foliage plant
Plant type
terrarium
Place
indoor
Place
artificial lighting
Adult width:
<15 cm
Light
no direct sun
Light
semi sun
Watering
normal
Properties
non-edible

Product info

Monstera karstenianum is found in the wild in the northern parts of tropical South America but it is by no means common. It has a fairly long stem which means it can be grown as a hanging plant or as a climber against a cane. The deep green leaves are ridged which gives them a wavy appearance. Monstera karstenianum comes from the same family as the familiar cheese plant but not the same genus as it is a philodendron.

Height:
20 cm
20 cm
Width:
10 cm
10 cm
Adult height:
>100 cm
>100 cm
Adult width:
<15 cm
<15 cm
Flower colour:
White
white
Flower period:
All year
all year
Product type:
Plant
plant
Plant type:
Foliage plant
foliage plant
Plant type:
Terrarium
terrarium
Growth habit:
Climbing
climbing
Properties:
Non-edible
non-edible
Growth rate:
Normal
normal
Araflora info:
Introduction
introduction
Natural habitat:
South America
South America
Altitude range:
0-1500 m
0-1500 m
 

Plant care

Make sure pets do not try to eat Monstera karstenianum as it is extremely poisonous. It is fairly easy to look after provided it is kept in a moderately bright place away from direct sunlight. For instance, it can be grown in the home in a place where the temperature does not vary much. It is important to keep Monstera karstenianum constantly humid/moist so give it plenty of rainwater or distilled water and mist when necessary. A peat base would be ideal. See the section entitled “Plant Accessories” for more information about all kinds of requisites. When Monstera karstenianum becomes too big, you can prune it with sterilised secateurs.

Care:
Easy
easy
Place:
Indoor
indoor
Light:
No direct sun
no direct sun
Light:
Semi sun
semi sun
Watering:
Normal
normal
Watering tips:
Free draining mixture
free draining mixture
Water spraying:
Water spraying
water spraying
Maintenance:
Can be pruned
can be pruned
Place:
Artificial lighting
artificial lighting
Air humidity at day:
60-80%
60-80%
Air humidity at night:
80-100%
80-100%
Day temperature:
10-30 °C
10-30 °C
Night temperature:
12-18 °C
12-18 °C
Temperature max:
35 °C
35 °C
Temperature min:
15 °C
15 °C
Temperature:
< 15 °C
< 15  °C
Fertilize:
Medium
medium
Artificial light height:
20-40 cm
20-40 cm
Soil ph:
<5-8>
<5-8>
Soil type:
Peat
peat
Repotting:
After 2 years
after 2 years
 

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