Philodendrons, Elephant Ears, and Other Aroids forum→New Experiments in Aroids: Variegated Monstera outside

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 7, 2020 8:16 AM CST
So I am going to take the plunge and plant one of my propagations of variegated Monstera in the ground. And let it grow up a tree. I know a few people who have them planted out farther South in FL who have said that they have done fine at temps as low as 28F. We have not even had that low for the past 2-3 winters.

I chose this one to plant out because although its a nice plant it is not HEAVILY variegated...it has some nice speckling pattern but so far no big splashes. Not that I am trying to actively sacrifice it but it is easier to take a risk with a plant that is not as showy as others you have. I will be posting follow up photos through summer and into winter with the progress of the plant to see what happens over time.

I am in Zone 9A, but for the past 3 years have had zone 9B and 10A winters. There are a lot of green Monstera plantings around town, many that are very old. So I have hope LOL
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Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
Adriennevs
Jun 8, 2020 12:35 AM CST
I'm interested in hearing about the progress on this one. Hopefully you don't have any plant thieves in your area. Those people who go to Florida and take cuttings will be sneaking to your house Hilarious!

I'm sad that your winters are a half zone to a full zone warmer than they're supposed to be. That isn't a good sign.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 8, 2020 6:31 AM CST
Most people who come here as service people have no idea what an ornamental plant even is. And no one can see any of my stuff from the road.
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South-central Iowa (Zone 5b)
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Artemis
Jun 8, 2020 8:41 AM CST
I like this idea. I would try it too, if I were able. It may not be the popular opinion, but I don't find variegation as appealing as most. So I probably wouldn't think twice. It is interesting though.
I don't have the variegated one, but would like to so as to compare the two. The weaknesses of a plant can tell us as much as it's strengths.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 8, 2020 9:18 AM CST
All of my variegated ones are so old they have huge leaves. I have taken some propagations off several times so I have about 10 in different stages of growth. I gave one to a very good aroid friend of mine as well. I bought mine years ago, 3 plants in 3 gal containers for $10 each. WAYYYYYYY before the variegated Monstera 'sensation' hit
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South-central Iowa (Zone 5b)
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Artemis
Jun 8, 2020 9:35 AM CST
I love the morphology of aroids, as you wrote of in your other post. I originally had a 'one each' rule for the greenhouse. But the variation in plant to plant (and age, light, climbing/not, e.t.c, e.t.c) even in species is fascinating to me. So... Whistling
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 8, 2020 10:18 AM CST
Anthuriums alone have so many choices. The Pachyneuriums (Birdnest) have the same overall form but a large difference in the leaves. I know al lot of people like the section Cardiolonchium the best (the 'velvet' anthuriums) and I have a lot of those, but I have pretty much stopped collecting them because, lets face it, they all begin to look similar eventually (clarivervium looks like crystallinum which resembles Ace of Spades and resembles Regale which looks like besseae and on and on). I got into serious hoo ha a couple weeks ago when I 'disrespected' someone's new Anthurium VooDoo Child. All I said was that it seemed a little run of the mill and looked the same as a lot of other anthuriums in the same group. I caught hell from the lady who had hybridized it...of course she thinks its the best thing since sliced bread...but its only real redeeming feature is that its new leaves are initially a very bright red before they harden off to a deep almost black. But a lot of Anthuriums have new red or bronze leaves, and a lot of them are the same dark color. I can understand she is proud of having made the cross...but...if something really special happened like the red leaves STAYED red, not THAT i might pop for the $$ to buy one.
I like all my plants but my fave anthuriums tens to be the palmate ones. Podophyllum, pedatum, pedatoradiatum, polychistum, clavigerum, polydactylon, warsc.....(never can spell it without looking but you know LOL)...I find these infinitely more interesting that a lot of others.

The big thing now is variegated this and that. People are selling stuff like variegated Epipremnum punnatum, var Philo billitae (sp), anything that pops up variegated, for huge bucks to millennials who are fueling this houseplant movement mainly around aroids. I have seen a tiny plant go for $600 and the buyer not blink an eye. Just drool and ask when it can be shipped. Its Crazy. And a lot of these sellers aren'e even growing...they are just importing from Asia and reselling
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South-central Iowa (Zone 5b)
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Artemis
Jun 8, 2020 10:47 AM CST
Until recently, all I had kept were the Pachyneuriums. I had seen some spectacular specimens while on vacation. I find the palmate ones interesting as well.
I wouldn't mind keeping two or three of the Cardiolonchium. And since I have already placed myself outside of the camp, I don't find there isn't enough variation in them either. I would purchase one for a reasonable price if it came along. I don't grow plants to please anyone but myself. And I'm on that soapbox for people selling single node cuttings. It's sad seeing people fall for it. But, free will.

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