Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is a unique ornamental plant due to its split leaf shape. This plant is similar to its cousin, Monstera deliciosa. However, it is a unique shrub plant that is completely different from the rest.
This is a rare and unique vine, it has unique and rare leaves and it is really worth selling. The large, split and deep green leaves are very charming and can be a valuable ornamental plant. If you plant it in a warm place, it looks like the outdoors is a great place.
We have a lot of information about this magical plant. It seems that there is knowledge that we must have if we want to grow rhaphidophora tetrasperm plants properly. Below we discuss a little about the Rhaphidophora tetrasperma plant.
Know About Rhaphidophora Tetrasperm
This plant is from the Araceae family. Plants with the name Rhaphidophora tetrasperma come from Malaysia and Thailand. The leaves are unique and grow like a beautiful miniature.
Known as Monstera deliciosa, it is a very different plant, with small leaves and no fruit to eat. Apart from using the name Monstera deliciosa, the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperm plant also uses others such as “Philodendron Piccolo” and “Ginny Philodendron.”
The leaves are unique and small and are very good to be used as ornamental plants in pots to be placed in the room.
Uniquely, the Monstera deliciosa plant attaches itself to the wall with its roots known as aerial roots. These roots hold or attach themselves to stabilize their development and growth.
The leaves are small and green in color, it is very fond of humid conditions and can grow up to 12 feet. Usually, this plant is only maintained at a height of 5 meters. While the taller sizes are often an eyesore and less desirable.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care
For those who grow Rhaphidophora tetrasperma plants, you don’t need to worry about their care. This plant is very easy to care for, but to grow quickly, we must know the following factors.
1. Light & Temperature
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma plants require sufficient light, indirect light is their favorite. Lighting should mimic what it is in the wild (forest). This plant cannot tolerate excessive lighting especially if the light hits it directly. Should be planted in a place that can be partially shaded.
If you are growing Rhaphidophora tetrasperm indoors, make sure it is getting enough light. However, avoid direct light, direct light can sometimes burn or scorch the small leaves. If indoors, it’s probably a good idea to place it in an east window and get lots of morning light. The ideal temperature for this plant is between 55-85 degrees Fahrenheit. It can still sometimes survive in light conditions, but the Rhaphidophora tetrasperma plant simply does not survive extreme frosts. Growth is in zones 9 through 12. The best temperatures are in zone 11. If you are growing them in zones 9-10 then the temperature should not be lower than 55 degrees F. Wherever you plant them, make sure there is indirect light hitting them.
2. Watering and humidity
These plants need a humid environment, it is great if every time they are watered a little to keep the soil moist. However, the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperm plant does not like watery soil and mud. So, the best way when you want to water is to stick your fingertips into the soil to see if the soil is still moist or not. So, if the soil still feels moist, you don’t need to water it.
During winter, these plants don’t need much water, they just need to be watered a lot to keep the soil moist in spring or summer. In its growth, plants need a lot of water.
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma plants prefer humidity around the plant, 50% to 60% is the best level in humidity. To keep this up, you can use a humidifier, or by placing a potted plant on a gravel tray. By placing gravel, the moisture at the bottom will be maintained.
The best soil conditions for planting rhaphidophora tetrasperma are clay soil by making drainage. You can also add a little moss and orchid wood, this is to keep the soil moist and have good drainage, just like if you add rice husks to the pot.
Do not use soil that is too sandy and soil that is waterlogged. These two soil conditions are not favored by this tropical plant.
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma plants do not like urea fertilizers or fertilizers that are high in chemical substances. Use a balanced and high quality fertilizer for a better life. The roots of this plant are very sensitive and susceptible to heat from fertilizers, it burns easily when using high chemical fertilizers. Use slow-release balanced organic fertilizer to reduce root damage.
The best period to fertilize this plant is during the active period of growth. During the growing period, apply liquid organic fertilizer for once a month, use chemical fertilizers that are diluted well once a week. For the use of a slow-release balanced organic fertilizer, follow the instructions provided.
The Mini Monstera plant has very many roots, so it only takes a short time to fill the pot that is being used. If you see that the roots are full, it is advisable to replace the pot that is larger than the first. Use a pot that is slightly deep, so that the root growth is maximal and not disturbed.
When removing the plant from the base pot, be careful not to damage the plant. Also pay attention to each root for signs of rot (considering that it easily rot if it is flooded). If you get putrefaction, cut it with a sharp knife and remove anything that has symptoms.
Pruning and training are very important for rhaphidophora tetrasperma plants. This is a vine that needs a stake as a place for it to practice holding on and digging its roots into the stake. During its growth period, the air roots will stick to the trellis or support poles that we use. This will balance her growth and make her life solid. You can help this plant attach its water roots to a support by tying the stems to a post with a soft cloth.
Pruning rhaphidophora tetrasperma plants are also important, especially when the plants are already grown. This cutting or pruning aims to remove the rotten part of the tanmana. The disposal of this rotting part of the plant is also useful for maintaining continuity and better growth. However, there are things the pruners must remember, don’t throw too many parts of the plant away but you can only throw away 25% at the same time.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperm Propagation
The process of reproducing Mini Monstera plants is quite easy. Choose healthy stem cuttings with a few leaves. Then put it in a glass of water, or into the wet soil. Pay attention to the lowest leaf knots, the lowest leaf knots must be underground or in water, the root system will appear in this section. This is the same as planting a sweet potato at each leaf node it will come out the roots.
If you put it in a glass of water, change the water once a day. If the roots have grown 2 inches or an inch long, you can move this plant into the potting soil using clay soil and organic ingredients.