Monstera esqueleto, also known as the Monstera adansonii ‘Archipelago’, is a tropical plant with striking and unique qualities that have made it popular among plant enthusiasts. A rare and sought-after member of the Monstera family, the Monstera esqueleto’s fascinating appearance and relative difficulty in acquisition have made it a must-have for many plant collectors.
The Monstera esqueleto is known for its slender stems, tiny, heart-shaped leaves, and dramatic holes in the centers of its foliage. Its leaves, while smaller than those of its cousin, the Monstera deliciosa, still manage to make a striking impression in any room. Its silvery-green hue adds to its beauty and makes it a stunning addition to any space.
The plant is often referred to as the “skeleton” Monstera, owing to the intricate cuts and holes that make the plant’s leaves look as if they were skeletonized. These cuts in the plant’s leaves create an almost woven appearance that is both graphic and delicate, setting this plant apart from the other Monstera varieties.
Like all plants in the Monstera family, the Monstera esqueleto is relatively low-maintenance, but it has its specific needs. The plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight and a well-draining potting mix that is kept moist but not constantly wet. It needs a high level of humidity, which can be achieved by misting it regularly or by placing a tray of water near it. The plant thrives in temperatures ranging from around 65°F to 80°F.
The Monstera esqueleto is a climbing plant and will benefit from support, such as a trellis or a moss pole. It can be pruned extensively to shape it into a bushy plant, eliminating long, stringy stems without harming the plant.
Where to Find Monstera Esqueleto
Due to its rarity and popularity, Monstera esqueleto can be challenging to find in local nurseries. While it may be possible to find it at a specific plant shop, it may be more readily available online. Online plant sellers offer a wider range of plants and cuttings, often sourced globally. The plant is also available through plant swaps or by exchanging cuttings with other plant enthusiasts.
The Monstera esqueleto is a visually stunning plant with fascinating qualities that are sought after by plant enthusiasts. While this plant requires specific care, it is relatively low-maintenance in comparison to other tropical plants. Its unique appearance and relative rarity have made it a must-have for plant collectors.