Can you grow variegated monstera from seed?

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Variegated Monstera are extremely beautiful, but come with a price tag a lot of us just aren’t willing or able to pay – especially if we’re not 100% sure how to care for monstera.

What’s most frustrating is that variegated monstera aren’t even rare – they’re just in such high demand that they command a high price tag. Not Monstera Obliqua high, but you know, high enough.

So why not buy variegated Monstera seeds? There seem to no end of kind hearted Etsy sellers willing to sell 100 variegated Monstera seeds for about £7. Even if only 10% of them germinate, you could end up making a hellish profit?

WHAT COULD GO WRONG??

Is it possible to grow variegated monstera from seed?

No.

At least, it’s highly unlikely. Those Etsy sellers are scamming. The annoying thing is, it’s perfectly possible to grow Monstera deliciosa from seeds, but they’re not even selling those.

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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:

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Maybe the variegated seeds have little white lines on them? who knows? Commercial variegated monstera (which is like, 99.99% of them) are not grown from seed.

The chances of a monstera seed producing a variegated plants are a good 100,000:1.

Those odds do not a commercially-viable business make.

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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.

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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. 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 blog post on how much Monstera’s cost here.

Basically, you can go from having a seed to having something you could call a proper plant in a under a year. Not bad. This guy grows them in Texas though – I’m not sure I could achieve the same results in Yorkshire.

If you’re up for the challenge, this site has a great post on growing Monstera from seed.

Wow, I really want to try though.

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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.

I’ve never actually heard of anyone receiving even green Monstera seeds, which is weird, because surely it’s easier to explain why a non-variegated Monstera grew than freaking basil?

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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.

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

Weirdly, I don’t like buying expensive plants online. I got my Monstera Thai Constellation from my local garden centre, and paid £89.99 for it. I just prefer to buy expensive plants in person.

If that isn’t an option for you, take comfort in the fact that Monstera generally travel well. I would opt to spend a little more on a plant, but if you can only afford a cutting, please use a reputable buyer.

Check out my Etsy list of plant sellers or use an online plant shop such as the Rare Plant Shop.

Make sure that the seller has good reviews, and see if you can see a picture of the acual plant you’re buying.

Kaylee Ellen (who wins the rare plant shop) has a great video of rehabbing plants that have been shipped.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Can you grow variegated monstera from seed?”

  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!

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