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Albo Borsigiana

How to Grow and Care for a Monstera Albo

The stunning variegation of the white and green Albo is a wonderful sight in any home, making them the perfect addition to your tropical plant collection.

Monstera Albo
  • Monstera Albo
  • Monstera Albo

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Monstera Albo Variegated Monstera Swiss Cheese Plant Windowleaf


The Monstera Albo is a true gem in any plant-lovers collection. These plants are different from other Monstera plants, as their split leaves have large patches of white and cream all over them.

Unlike the variegated Monstera Thai Constellation, the Monstera Albo Variegata has much larger white variegation, sometimes taking up almost all of the leaf.

The leaves of this variegated Monsteria aren't the only unique features - even the stems of the Monstera deliciosa 'Albo Variegata' are striped with green and white.

Monstera Albo
The Monstera Albo has larger patches of white and cream than other Monstera varieties.


The Monstera Albo is part of the family of plants called Araceae. This is an extensive family, with over 4,000 species. The species grow across the globe, however, these plants are most commonly found in tropical regions.


The Monstera Albo is a tropical plant that originates in South and Central America. Its native home is the shady rainforests in these regions, which is why this relatively rare plant does so well indoors.


Wherever you decide to place your variegated Monstera Albo, it is sure to make a statement with its gorgeous marbled leaves. But, you can't just place it in any room, as it has very specific care requirements, which we discuss below.

The Monstera Albo Variegata requires bright light and a humid environment, which means it will be right at home in a bathroom (and will look lovely if you happen to have a white color scheme).

If you have a humidifier handy, these plants will also look gorgeous as a feature in your living room or kitchen.

Monstera Albo
The Monstera Albo is sure to make a statement with its gorgeous marbled leaves.


If you want your Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata to retain its brilliant variegation, keep it in bright, indirect light for between six to eight hours a day.

Make sure to keep it out of the sun, as it can burn the leaves - especially the white patches.

Although your Albo will do fine in darker corners, a lack of indirect light means the variegation will be dull.


Just like other Monstera Deliciosa species, your Albo is very sensitive to overwatering. It will be very happy in drier soil.

Give your plant a drink of water when the top 1 to 3 inches of soil feels dry. Check this by sticking your finger into the soil, and keep the soil evenly moist by planting your Monstera in a well-draining pot.


These tropical plants love hot conditions that mimic their tropical rainforest homes.

It will love a room kept between 65°F and 80°F. You can plant them outside, but only if your winters are not too cold or you plan on bringing your plant indoors during the colder months.

This houseplant will do well in 9b - 11 USDA hardiness zones.


The Monstera Albo plant loves humid environments. They need about 60 to 75% humidity to thrive - which admittedly is more humid than most homes.

Installing a humidifier is one way to keep your plant happy. You can also create a lovely humid environment in your bathroom and place your collection of tropical plants in there.

Despite being a lover of humid environments, they will be okay if your house has a humidity level below 65%. But, for a truly thriving plant, get that humidity high!


Just like other Monstera Deliciosa plants, like the variegated Monstera Thai Constellation, your Albo does best in a well-draining potting mix.

You can create your own by mixing equal parts of orchid bark, perlite, coco peat, and coco coir together.


Your Swiss Cheese Plant won't require any pruning. However, if you notice your Albo Monstera producing only white or only green leaves, you may have to grab the pruning scissors and get stuck in.

Start at the top and cut back the single-colored leaves until you reach a leaf that has a good balance of white and green.


Your Albo Monstera Deliciosa is a bit of a fussy eater, which means it needs more fertilizer than other types of Monstera plants.

But don't be too heavy-handed, as Monsteras are susceptible to over-fertilizing!

Dilute a liquid fertilizer to half of its strength, and fertilize your plant every four to six weeks during spring and summer. You don't have to fertilize your Albo during winter and fall, as it tends to go dormant during those seasons.

Height & Growth

Monsteras are slow growers, increasing in size by only a few inches every year.

When grown indoors, you can expect your plant to grow up to 10 feet tall and three feet wide.

In the right conditions outdoors, it becomes a true monster, growing up to 30 feet tall and five feet wide.

You can support your growing Monstera by providing it with a pole to grow on as it is a climbing vine. A moss pole is the perfect addition to your Monstera's pot.

If you made any stem cuttings from your mother plant to propagate new Monsteras, plant the cuttings in rich soil containing peat or sphagnum moss to help them grow faster and stronger.


Yes, the Albo Monstera is toxic. The level of toxicity will depend on how much of the plant was eaten.

Monsteras contain crystals called raphides, which can cause irritation and burning in the mouth. If left untreated, it will result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and trouble breathing.


Albos are toxic for dogs, cats and humans. If you find that your pet has nibbled on your Monstera, it is best to contact poison control and your vet immediately.

Common Problems

This rare plant is a beauty, but it does come with its fair share of problems that all plant enthusiasts must be aware of.

  • Pests: Your Monstera is susceptible to common houseplant pets, including spider mites, fungus gnats, mealybugs, and thrips. Regularly check your plants for any symptoms or evidence of these pesky critters.

  • Browning leaves: Brown leaves can have many causes, including sunburn, not enough water, and an environment lacking in humidity.

  • Yellowing leaves: Yellow leaves are a sign of not enough light, over- or underwatering, and lack of proper fertilization.

  • Drooping leaves: Most Monstera plants get drooping leaves when they go into shock - meaning you just repotted them or rehomed them and they are still getting used to the new environment. You have to let your plant acclimate by providing it with the best care, as discussed above. It is also possible it may have root rot.

Monstera Albo FAQs

Why is Monstera Albo so expensive?

Monstera Deliciosa 'Albo Variegata" is one of the rarest plants in the Monstera family, meaning plant collectors are always seeking out this variety. This has led to increased costs. It also grows very slowly, taking a long time to cultivate - so prepare to pay if you want to buy a Monstera Albo!

What is the lifespan of a Monstera plant?

Monsteras can grow up to 40 years old if properly cared for! So, if you get your hands on these variegated plants, you have a plant buddy for life.

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