Shop Monstera Karstenianum – SP. Peru Variegated
|Scientific name||Monstera sp Peru or Monstera karstenianum|
|Family||Arum family, Araceae (aroids)|
|Common names||Philodendron Karstenianum, Epipremnum Marble Planet, Green Galaxy Monstera|
|Native habitat||Probably Peru and Venezuela|
|Type||Evergreen climbing hemiepiphytes|
|Size||20 feet (6m) in native habitat, 4 to 6 feet inside your home|
|Leaves||Thick, leathery, oval to elliptical, puckered or bullate, glossy leaves deep green and light green variegation.|
|Stems||Vine-like greenish stems|
|Light requirement||Medium to bright, indirect light|
|USDA hardiness zone||11b to 12|
|Temperature||65°F to 80°F (18 to 27 ºC), cannot withstand freezing temperatures and it is not frost-hardy|
|Humidity||50%+ or above average but can tolerate slightly lower to average relative humidity|
|Soil||Well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral, organic-rich soils or potting mix|
|Watering||Medium, letting a few top 2 to 3 inches dry before watering again|
|Toxicity||Toxic to humans and pets|
|Care level||Low or easy|
SP Peru Appearance and Description – Monstera Karstenianum
We guess you are curious, and you want to know how Monstera karstenianum plants look like, i.e., their leaves, stems, and growing habits.
1. Growing habits
Monstera Peru is a tropical, evergreen climbing hemiepiphyte. It grows both on hosts as an epiphyte and as a terrestrial plant on the ground.
In its natural jungle rainforest habitat, this flowering plant grows as an understory plant (horizontally) or climbing trees. It has long, vine-like stems that resemble those of pothos.
One thing that distinguishes it from other Monsteras is the lack of adult fenestrated leaves i.e., its leaves remain the same or slightly larger.
Finally, Monstera Peru has a medium growth rate. And this growth rate is greatly influenced by light, a place to climb, light, soil, and other growing conditions.
Monstera Peru can grow up to 20 feet (6m) long or more in its natural habit. Inside your house, expect this plant to grow up to 4 to 6 feet. However, if given a climbing place and ideal growing conditions, it may have vines longer than 6 feet.
Lastly, when compared to Monstera deliciosa, it is unlikely to take over your home as deliciosa does. Instead, it will resemble a smaller philodendron or pothos variety.
Monstera Peru has oval to slightly elongated leaves. These leaves are heavily textured (puckered or bullate), glossy and deep green with medium to light green variegations or markings. Usually, they are dark green near their veins and medium to light green flecks or highlights on the surface, especially in the puckered areas.
How do they feel? They are rigid (stiff), flat, thick with a leathery texture. The ripple and corrugated surface appearance somewhat look like some Peperomia caperata or emerald ripple peperomia. However, the colorations are different.
That is not all. The leaves are not heart-shaped with a silvery sheen like the Monstera siltepecana. But they more puckered than Monstera pinnatipartita and slightly shorter.
Unlike what you would expect of a Monstera, mature Monstera Peru leaves are not fenestrated (perforated) and they don’t split, making this plant unique.
How big are the leaves? The Monstera karstenianum leaves are about 2 to 4 inches. But they may grow slightly larger if provided with a place to climb and ideal growing conditions.
Finally, the leaves have relatively shorter greenish grooved petioles.
Monstera karstenianum has vine-like green stems resembling some pothos or philodendrons. Also, they have aerial roots for anchoring to the host when climbing.
Usually, leaves are about 2 inches apart. But when not given a place to climb, leaves then to be further apart and fewer.
Where to grow Monstera Peru – Monstera Karstenianum
Monstera karstenianum makes good pot or hanging basket houseplants. Outdoors, you can grow them as a ground cover or let them wrap around trees or climb walls, wood fences, and so on.
We recommend having a climbing trellis, burlap-wrapped pole, and a moss pole for optimum growth and more leaves. However, some people love letting them cascade downward or horizontally on a mantle, tabletop, shelf, or desk.
When not given a place to climb, expect them to be leggy, have fewer sparsed leaves. Additionally, improper care and growing conditions will cause the same issue.
Monstera Peru care and growth requirement
These plants are easy to care for or low maintenance garden and houseplants. Beginner collectors, people without pets or children, will find them a perfect pick.
They can tolerate slightly below average humidity, require medium watering and indirect light. The rest of the care needs and growing conditions are much or less like other Monsteras.
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