You CAN’T Grow Variegated Monstera Albo From Seeds – Don’t Get Scammed!

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It is possible to grow variegated Monstera from seed, but it’s difficult, expensive, and you’re not guaranteed to get one at the end.

Is it possible to grow variegated monstera albo from seeds?

It is possible, but I’d highly recommend just buying one.

It’s not possible to grow Thai Constellation from seed (more on those later), but it is possible to Monstera deliciosa albo variegata from seed.

Variegated Monstera happens when there’s an abnormality in the seed’s genetics. Somewhere along the line wires got crossed and the Monstera doesn’t bother producing enough chlorophyll.

Or any at all.

It’s estimated that 1 out of 100,000 Monster seedlings is variegated. So in order to get one variegated Monstera, you’d have to buy 100,000 Monstera seeds. Here in the UK you can get 6 Monstera seeds for £3.75. To get 100,000 seeds we’d need to buy 16,667 packets of seeds.

So to get one variegated Monstera we’d need to spend £62,500 on seeds.

If you had the funds (and the space to grow 100,000 Monstera, you COULD make a profit if you sold all your Monstera, but I think you’d agree it’s not the easiest way to get a variegated Monstera.

Oh, and chances are that your variegated Monstera is 100% variegated. So you’ll really, really, struggle to get it to grow because it doesn’t have any chlorophyll. The chances of getting a viable Monstera deliciosa to grow from seed is effectively nil.

How to identify variegated monstera seeds

You can’t – chances are, you won’t know it’s variegated until it grows. Regular green Monstera seeds look like this:

By the way, seeds that have come from variegated Monstera will be variegated. That doesn’t mean that the plants they’ll produce are variegated.

How do growers manage to produce huge volumes of variegated Monstera then?

Variegated Monstera deliciosa are NOT rare. The price stays high due to high demand, and demand is kept high because the number of specimens released on the market is kept tightly controlled (in order to keep demand high).

Most Monstera deliciosa albo are grown from cuttings taken from huge mother plants that the growers keep in perfect conditions to help them grow quickly.

Monstera grown from tissue culture will occasionally throw up a tissue culture baby.

Monstera deliciosa albo variegata aren’t currently able to be tissue cultured en masse. Naturally variegated plants can’t all be cloned in such a way that their variegation is preserved.

Where can I buy variegated monstera seeds?

Etsy!

Well, you can spend a few quid on some cress or grass seeds labelled as variegated monstera.

You can’t get variegated monstera seeds. You can, however, buy Monstera seeds. AND there’s a million-to-one chance you get a variegated one. And even if you managed to germinate a variegated one, it’d likely to be 100% variegated and you’ll struggle to get it to grow.

How long does it take to grow a Monstera from seed?

I don’t want you to think that you can’t grow a Monstera from seed – you absolutely can, and I have an article here on how to do it. I also think it’d be a really fun project. But don’t do it to save money. You can buy Monstera pretty cheap if you look in the right places.

Check out my article on how much Monsteras cost here.

IHow long it takes to grow a Monstera from seed varies a lot on how you care for it. Good care = faster growth.

Will the variegated monstera seeds I buy from Etsy grow?

Absolutely – if you take the time to learn how to germinate them, keep them warm, and make sure they stay moist, your seeds should germinate pretty quickly.

Except they won’t grow into variegated Monstera.

I’ve heard reports of growing anything from grass, to carrots, to basil.

You’d be lucky to get a regular green Monstera, never mind a variegated one.

How do Etsy sellers get away with it?

  • No one can be bothered to report

They probably bought the seeds on a whim (maybe late night shopping with a credit card in one hand a glass of wine in the other), planted them, then when grass grew, learned from their mistake and moved on. Etsy is unlikely to take the odd report seriously, and by the time they do, they scammers have moved on.

  • Scammers set up shop, sell, and leave

By the time your variegated Monstera seeds have had chance to not grow, they’ve gone.

  • People are buying them, and assuming they did it wrong

If nothing grows, the buyer assumed they either prepared everything incorrectly, or the seeds were duds. Since very few seeds have a 100% chance of germinating, they don’t bother seller.

After all, they weren’t that expensive.

What’s the cheapest way to buy a variegated Monstera?

The cheapest way to get a variegated Monstera is to buy a Thai Constellation. They’re grown from tissue culture, so can be produced en masse, which drives the price down. You can get them for under £100 now.

A lot of people prefer the white of the Monstera albo over the creamy Thai constellation, and that’s fine, but they’re considerably more expensive and they’re likely to reviert if you don’t care for them properly.

Thai Constellation have been genetically altered so that they don’t revert. Their variation varies a lot – you can have speckles all over, half moons, and everything in between.

I prefer TCs over albos because they’re cheaper, don’t revert, and they’re easier to grow HUGE. TCs are all large-form Monstera, and albos are usually small-form.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t grow an albo huge, it just means it takes longer.

What about Thai Constellation seeds?

Thai constellation, though created in a lab, still produce fruit and therefore seeds. The fruits and seeds are actually variegated themselves.

However, Thai Constellation seeds are, at the time of publishing, sterile. All Thai constellations are clones of the original plant and it was, to be blunt, fucked around with too much to be able to reproduce.

Or, as the conspiracy theorist/businessperson side of me suspects, it was purposefully sterilised to stop us from being able to grow our own. No, you're crazy.
Monstera deliciosa thai constellation

Final thoughts on growing variegated Monstera from seed

Please don’t be scammed. It’s basically impossible to buy variegated Monstera seeds. A lot of plants are grown in tissue culture in labs – seeds barely enter into the equation.

Variegated Monstera are currently extremely fashionable but either:

  • The trend will die down (unlikely)
  • More places will grow them using tissue culture, thus making them easier to produce in bigger quantities and driving the price down (likely – literally happening right now)
  • Everyone who wants one will have them. Demand will fall, and so will prices (hmm, bit of a long shot)

Be patient and save up, or ask Santa nicely.

Or do what I did and develop a passion for Calathea instead.

Caroline Cocker

Caroline is the founder and writer (and plant keeper) of Planet Houseplant

13 thoughts on “You CAN’T Grow Variegated Monstera Albo From Seeds – Don’t Get Scammed!”

  1. There’s no reason why they won’t grow, but they’re no more likely to be variegated than a regular green monstera seed. The more you plant, the more likely you are to get a variegated one!

  2. Hi, I see a Chinese company selling “variegted monstera deliciosa ‘Albo variegata’ Saplings which appeared as a off white colour.. Calling them golden monstera… Very very expensive…
    NOW I’ve an other guy in the east who reckons he can get variegted monstera deliciosa seeds!!!. For a price. I’m very suspicious.. Im just not sure. & while im here can you recommend a British company(save on permits ect ect)who has monstera deliciosa seeds at competitive prices I need a 1000 for about £250 is this reasonable to expect…
    Thanks for you’re expertise & time completely appreciated .
    Priceless thank you tom

  3. You definitely can’t guarantee you’ll get delicious seeds, but there’s a decent chance you’d get one out of 1000 seeds! Sorry, I can’t recommend anyone, because all the sellers I’ve seen in the UK don’t look legit. I’ll keep my eyes open for some though, and add any decent sellers to the article.

  4. Caroline,thanks for the wise words,I learnt a lot over the last couple of week in my quest to find the impossible variegated monstera seeds..
    I found a woman in l,A who does regular monstera seeds but not sure if there what they say they are.
    Mh ….the fickle quadmire that is buying on line.Id suggest doing lots of checking if poss…
    Once again thanks. tom

  5. I used to grow Clivias from seed with a plan on breeding Duruma Yellow variegated clivias.

    In order to get variegated seed, the pod parent must be variegated and only the berries with variegation will carry variegayion. Some will grow out to be pure white/yellow but those generally don’t survive for long.

    The variegation is unpredictable but is pretty stable on the plant. Like half moon plants will continue to throw half moon leaves although that half moon may shift. Pups from those plants can also be half moons, but only if the new new growth starts at the base of the division line of the the half moon of the parent plant.

    So, generally speaking. The pod parent should be highly variegated with fine lines, which makes them quite unattractive, but those will be the best pod parents. So you can’t really breed for a specific variegation, except for Light of Buddha types, but you can increase your chances getting a some good patterns.

    Each propagation is also generally different. So generally you would just cut and throw out any undesirable pups.

  6. Thanks for the info! I can’t find many house plant seeds in my local garden centres, but there are a few, so I should really have a go.

  7. I can’t find any info on this, but I’m pretty sure the seeds won’t be viable if it produces them at all. The fruit is apparently variegated though!

  8. Hi,please visit my Instagram page Monsteraquest. I have uploaded Albo seeds. I want to know if we can grow Albo from the seeds.
    I have so many baby plants of Monstera grown from seeds but non of it is variegated.

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