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Jun 4, 2020 12:43 AM CST

Hello,

I recently purchased this variegated Monstera. I understand the white areas are more sensitive. When I got it there were slight brown tips... and overnight this brown spot appeared on one of the leaves. I have it in a south facing window but with obstructions so not direct sun on the leaves. It has a good view of the sky and a light meter reads between 150-200 FC depending on the time of day. When it arrived i waited a few days before watering it and only when it felt dry on the top, gave it a good space. I'm wondering if you have tips for care? Should I be using filtered water? I added a few photos of its position and the affected leaf.

Thanks in advance!

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Jun 4, 2020 5:40 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
There isn;t anything you can do about the spots.The white portions of the leaves tend to do it no matter what on leaves where these are large patches of white as opposed to striping interspersed with green and speckling. There is no chlorophyll in the white and in a large patch there is no green to help that part of the tissue stay alive. Its like if you put a tourniquet on your arm too tight and the blood flow stopped and it got gangrene.

The light looks good, an albo-variebata like yours that has a high degree of variegations needs very high light for the green to make up for all the white. Using filtered water will have no effect on the spots. Just don;t over fertilize as that may contribute to fertilizer burn
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Jun 4, 2020 7:55 AM CST

Gina1960 said:There isn;t anything you can do about the spots.The white portions of the leaves tend to do it no matter what on leaves where these are large patches of white as opposed to striping interspersed with green and speckling. There is no chlorophyll in the white and in a large patch there is no green to help that part of the tissue stay alive. Its like if you put a tourniquet on your arm too tight and the blood flow stopped and it got gangrene.

The light looks good, an albo-variebata like yours that has a high degree of variegations needs very high light for the green to make up for all the white. Using filtered water will have no effect on the spots. Just don;t over fertilize as that may contribute to fertilizer burn



Thank you so much! do you think the spot I have it in is sufficient? I live in the Arabian gulf in Qatar and currently its very hot outside and very bright. I can send more photos if it will help?
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Jun 4, 2020 8:36 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
If that is your best window, then yes it looks fine.
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Jun 5, 2020 3:07 AM CST

Gina1960 said:If that is your best window, then yes it looks fine.


Thanks so much!
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