Varieties of Monstera Siltepecana Houseplants

Monstera Siltepecana is quite a popular houseplant that belongs to the Araceae family and is native to Central America and Mexico. The plant is characterized by a perennial evergreen vine with two distinguished appearances throughout its life. It is not as common as other Monstera plants and doesn’t grow as big either.

You can pot a Monstera Siltepecana either in an exquisite hanging basket, or you use it as a potted vine that masterfully dangles down your favorite shelf! The Monstera Siltepecana is known by many names. Most commonly, it is known as silver Monstera because of the grayish silver leaves of the plant when it is in its juvenile form.

A mature Monstera Siltepecana is also known as the Swiss cheese plant because of the holes in its leaves that resemble holes in Swiss cheese. It is also referred to as Silver Queen Philodendron because of how much Monsteras resemble Philodendrons.

Monstera Siltepecana: Types

The Monstera Siltepecana care is very simple and it has 2 stages (juvenile and adult), and the appearance of the plant in each stage is vastly different, making this houseplant a unique one.

In the juvenile stage, the leaves are silver or gray with dark green veins. These elongated leaves are 2 inches wide and roughly 4 inches long. A juvenile plant is also terrestrial, which means it grows on land.

Under the right conditions, a juvenile plant takes about 2-3 years to mature and reach the adult stage. An adult Monstera Siltepecana has large, dark green leaves with holes or fenestrations and is an epiphytic climber, which means it needs some kind of support to grow and climb. Without any kind of support, the Monstera Siltepecana will stay in the juvenile stage forever.

Monstera Siltepecana: Varieties

The Monstera Siltepecana has just one notable and even rarer variety, which is the Monstera Siltepecana El Salvador. It is native to Central America and Ecuador and is hard to find. This hardy vining plant has dark green leaves with a silvery pattern. And while the Monstera Siltepecana has a similar appearance, the two plants differ in terms of their growth and leaves. The El Salvador variety grows more compactly, matures in a shorter time, and has larger leaves.

As with the Monstera Siltepecana, you can hang the El Salvador if you want it to trail downward, or you can train it to climb by providing it with adequate support. New growth further adds to the length of the plant and even though it has a light green color, it soon gets darker with a more pronounced silver appearance. The plant loves indirect, bright sunlight, so the best place to keep it is near a window with ample sunlight. It also prefers drying out completely in between watering sessions.

Bottom Line

Even though the El Salvador variety of the Monstera Siltepecana is hard to find, it makes for a stunning houseplant. Apart from being rare, it is pretty easy to grow and is quite versatile. And not to forget, you’ll love the two different forms the plant takes throughout its lifetime!

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