Mini Monstera (Rhapidophora tetrasperma) is a small tropical houseplant that is easy to care for and provides lots of fast, visible growth with their beautiful leaves that split on opposing sides. Other common names include the Philodendron 'ginny' or 'piccolo'.
They are a member of the Araceae family, along with their cousins Monstera and Philodenron, but are not actually “monstera” or "philodenron" (we know the nicknames can be confusing!). They are a separate genus of plants within the family of Aroids.
Rhapidophora tetrasperma are its own genus, found in South East Asia, and are resilient and tough to kill. With the right care, you can keep your Mini Monstera thriving and it may become your favourite plant in the collection!
Here are the top tips to care for your Mini Monstera
Keep in bright, indirect and filtered light for a happy plant. Avoid intense and direct so the leaves don’t burn. Low light will cause stunted growth and less splits in the leaves.
Water your plant when the top 2 inches of soil are dry to the touch. Add water until you see it drain from the bottom of the pot, and remove any excess water that runs out. If you forget to water it here and there, the Mini Monstera will be okay, but a consistent and attentive watering schedule will give you lots of leaf growth.
Humidity and Temperature
The Mini Monstera will do fine in standard home humidity, and will thrive in higher humidity. For best results, keep near a humidifier or close to the bathroom. Maintain a comfortable temperature in the space, anywhere between 18-23℃.
Use a well-draining potting mix, and combine with orchid bark to increase the drainage.