Monstera Ginny Plant

The Monstera Ginny plant is a vining plant related to the Monstera Deliciosa. This plant has cut out windows in the leaves that were originally intended to allow the tropical breeze to flow through the plant without damaging any of the leaves, making it one of the more visually appealing house plants today.

This plant is becoming very popular because it makes such a beautiful addition to any home, and if you’ve seen them around in any marketplace for sale, you know they go very quickly. Plant lovers are grabbing these beautiful plants as fast as they can! Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful houseplant and how to care for it.

Other Names For Monstera Ginny

Monstera Ginny is also commonly called the mini Monstera, mini split leaf, or philodendron ginnie, but the plant’s botanical name is Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma. Although it looks extremely similar to the Monstera Deliciosa plant, there are significant differences between the two.

Is Monstera Ginny the same as Tetrasperma?

Sometimes, the Monstera Ginny is referred to as Tetrasperma. It is the same plant, and Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is just the technical name for this plant. It’s important to note, although it looks very similar to the Monstera Deliciosa, it is not technically a true monstera, nor is it a Philodendron. It does still fall under the Araceae family along with the Monstera Deliciosa, though.

Is Monstera Ginny rare?

Monstera Ginny is a pretty rare houseplant. It’s becoming very popular, and many growers of this plant are beginning to increase their propagations in order to meet the growing demands of the houseplant market, so it’s becoming easier to find this beautiful houseplant.

Variegated Monstera Ginny

The variegated version of the Monstera Ginny is extremely rare. One variegated Monstera Ginny actually went up for auction and had over 100,000 views before bidding closed, making it one of the most popular plants ever to be listed on a bidding website.

Variegation can be a natural occurrence, but it is more commonly encountered with genetically modified plants through propagation and selective breeding. 

How do you encourage variegation in Monstera?

It is extremely difficult to encourage variegation in a normal Monstera Ginny plant. It would be much easier to simply purchase a cutting of an already variegated plant to propagate.

If you have a variegated plant and want to see more variegation, simply place your plant closer to a direct sunlight source, and you should begin to see more soon. Just remember, Monstera plants don’t typically like direct sunlight, so keep a close eye on your plant to make sure it’s not getting too much.

Any time you change your plant’s home, you should monitor it for a week or so to see if it needs more or less water, or if it should be moved back to its original spot.

Is Monstera Ginny toxic?

Monstera Ginny is technically considered toxic, but it is likely not deadly. The reason this plant is toxic is because it contains calcium oxalate crystals that make it quite unpleasant to ingest the leaves. These crystals cause irritation and possibly swelling, which is why this plant is considered toxic to humans and to animals.

Some people or animals may have more serious reactions if the plant is ingested in any form, but most turn out to be just fine, and any minor irritation can be handled at home. For more serious cases, a doctor or vet should always be consulted.

Monstera Ginny Care Guide

Caring for your tropical houseplant is pretty simple! Below is some more information about the Monstera Ginny along with a few pointers to keep your plant happy and thriving in your home.

Height & Spread

This plant can reach up to 6 feet tall inside, and even slightly more if given proper support for the extra weight of the plant. It can even grow up to 20 feet tall outside, but not all outdoor environments can encourage that kind of growth.

How To Make Monstera Ginny More Bushy

Simple pruning can help make your Monstera Ginny bushier. It’s recommended to cut ¼ of an inch above a growth node, and that will encourage your plant to grow outward, making it more bushy.

Light And Position

Keep your plant out of direct sunlight, but make sure to place it in a room that gets plenty of natural light. If you notice the leaves burning, that means it is getting too much direct sunlight. You may have to adjust your plant’s place in your home until you find a spot where it is happy and thriving with the perfect amount of light.

Temperature And Humidity

As this is a plant that originated in a tropical climate, it likes warmth and a good amount of humidity. It can survive outside temperatures, as long as they aren’t on either extreme. No freezing winters or scorching summers for this beauty.

When kept inside, an easy way to meet your plants humidity requirement is with a humidifier. Place it close to your plant, and plug it in for a few hours each day and your plant will thrive. If you don’t want a humidifier in your home, you can just spritz it with a light mist a couple times per day and it should do just fine.

Water

Water your plant once the top part of the soil has dried out slightly. You don’t want your soil soaking wet, but you also don’t want to risk your roots getting too dry since this is a tropical plant and requires a bit more moistur