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All About Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma ‘Mini Monstera’

Posted on December 12 2022

Everyone loves the Monstera, but let’s be honest: Some of us are short on space. The Mini Monstera is a super fun addition to the plant fam. Why? You can let it vine down (making it a great top-shelf addition to the plant “shelfie”) or train it to grow on a trellis (making about any shape imaginable). Another perk? The Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma ‘Mini Monstera’ is easy to care for!

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Monstera Minima, Mini Monstera, Philodendron ‘Ginny,’ Philodendron ‘Piccolo’.
    • About the Family: The Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is related to other varieties of Rhaphidophora, such as the Rhaphidophora Decursiva and Hayi. They are cousins to the Monstera.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Araceae (Family), Rhaphidophora (Genus), Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma (Species).
    • Hometown: The tropics of southern Thailand and Malaysia.

    How to Care for Your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma:

    • Watering: When the first 2 inches of soil is dry.
    • Humidity: High. 
    • Soil: Well-draining. Mix peat-based potting mix with orchid mix and perlite.
    • Fertilizer:  During the growing season, use a 20-20-20 blend monthly.
    • Environment: Keep your Mini Monstera in bright, indirect light and temperatures above 55 degrees.
    • Propagation: Stem cutting.
    • Toxicity: Shouldn’t be ingested; toxic to pets and people.

    The Best Unboxing Practices:

      Properly caring for your newly unboxed Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
        • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Mini Monstera until it exhibits the proper signs.
        • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
        • Lighting: Place your Mini Monstera in filtered, low light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma to your desired location that fits its care needs afterward. Do not ever place a freshly un-boxed plant in direct sun.

        What You’re Getting:

        • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 6” diameter plant. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

        What Makes Us Special:

        • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
        • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
        • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
        • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
        • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma ‘Mini Monstera’, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
        • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma ‘Mini Monstera’ and possible resolutions.
        • Your Personal Plant-Care Resource: Do you love your new addition? We couldn’t be happier! Join our mailing list to receive exclusive offers, updates, and care tips.

        FAQ about Caring for Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma:

          • How to propagate a Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma? Easily propagate your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma with a stem cutting by snipping it before the node (there should be at least 1 leaf). Place the cutting in water, ensuring that the node is submerged. Plant in moist soil once the roots are a few inches long.
          • Why does my Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma have black spots? The likely issue: overwatering. Black or brown spots may appear on your plant’s leaves with a yellow halo, which is an early sign of root rot. Remove your Mini Monstera from its pot exposing the root ball in a shaded area for a few hours. Repot it with well-draining soil, and re-examine your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma’s care routine.
          • What’s Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma’s common name? The Mini Monstera!
          • Why is my Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma not growing? If your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma stops growing, examine these three areas: (1) Is it receiving enough light? Low light will slow or cease new growth. (2) Are roots growing out of the drainage holes? Root-bound plants will not grow as quickly. (3) Have you fertilized your plant recently? Exhausted soil cannot provide your plant with the nutrients it needs for growth!

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