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Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care & Propagation

Written by Lisa

Sep 07 2021

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care & Propagation
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is a tropical plant suitable for indoor plants with small dehiscent green leaves. For a long time before it was widely introduced as a horticultural plant, it was found only in peninsular Malaysia and a few places in southern Thailand.

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Basic Info

Scientific Name Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
Common Name(s): Mini monstera, monstera ‘Ginny’, philodendron ‘Ginny’
Light Care Bright indirect light, limit direct sun to prevent sunburn
Soil Care Moist, but very well-draining
Temperture Care 18-28 Degrees, but not lower than 10 degrees
Humidty Care over 35%, suitable 60%
Watering Keep soil consistently moist but not wet, as needed
Pests & Diseases: Spider mites, fungal root rot

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care

Soil Care

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is usually grown in soft soil, where good drainage is important for plant growth and respiration. Garden soil, sand and barnyard manure are usually mixed to prepare culture soil in a ratio of 2:2:1. The Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is usually repotted every two years to prevent the soil from hardening and affecting water infiltration
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

Light Requirement

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, which grows in tropical woodlands, is afraid of bright light and can't tolerate direct sunlight. Otherwise, the leaves of Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma are prone to sunburn, characterized by brown or gray sunburn spots on the leaves.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is usually kept in the shade of a tree, and potted on an east-facing windowsill indoors without excessive shade.
As a green plant, Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma needs proper light to grow. Because it is not resistant to strong light exposure, so must do shading work in the summer. In spring and autumn at noon also do not place Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma directly under the sun. If the environment is too dark, it will not be good for Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma growth, so be sure to keep it indoors in a bright place.
When potted, the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma leaves cannot split if the plant is not mature enough or if the light is not enough.

Temperature & Humidity Care

As mentioned before, Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma grows in the rain forest, so it has a poor tolerance for cold temperatures. For some newly purchased Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma potted plants, the recommended temperature is above 10 degrees to avoid frostbite.
Potted Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma plants are safe to overwinter at a minimum temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (suitable 18 to 28 degrees Celsius). In summer, when the temperature exceeds 35 degrees, pay attention to cooling and ventilation, and appropriate shade. Excessive and intense light will sunburn the leaves. Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma also shows reduced growth in high temperatures.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma does not require high humidity in the air. It can adapt to low ambient humidity, but it is best to keep indoor relative humidity above 35%. If the air is too dry, it can also lead to leaf tip drying.
Increase photosynthesis by occasionally cleaning the leaves of the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma and occasionally spraying them with water mist to increase humidity and promote photosynthesis. Of course, in winter when the temperature is low, do not spray the leaves.

Watering

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma prefers wet conditions, and plants can grow poorly if they are deprived of water for a long time. Usually watering must be frequent, keep the soil moist, if the climate is relatively dry, but also to give it appropriate water, increase the humidity of the environment, and spray on the leaves, can also keep clean.
In the growth Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma demand for a lot of water, so it should be timely water, generally watering every day. In summer watering can be frequent, which can be in the morning and evening watering. If the climate is dry, you needs regular spraying water to watering, which can not only wash the leaf surface, but also improve the humidity.

Fertilization

The growth of Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma requires certain nutrients, which are usually applied every 15-20 days during the growth period. The fertilizer is usually decomposed cake fertilizer water. In addition, give it a foliar fertilizer, such as potassium dihydrogen phosphate, which is sprayed every 10 days to make the leaves longer and thicker, as well as giving them luster.

Pruning

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma grows relatively quickly.
Where to prune: Make a 45-degree diagonal cut about 1 cm below the branches. Its habits and reproduction methods are similar.
Cuttings can be simply propagated by putting the cuttings in water for hydroponics, or by sticking them in moist soil.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

Toxicity

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma are best kept out of the way of pets and children as they contain calcium oxalate crystals The plant's defence mechanism against being eaten in the wild. If the plant is digested there can be stomach pain, lethargy and a stinging sensation in the mouth.

Diseases & Pests

1. Gray spot, leaf spot: after the onset of Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma leaves will wither, or even fall, should be used as early as possible mancozeb prevention and control. The daily maintenance environment should be ventilated and sunny.
2. Scale insects: they can harm the leaves and petioles of Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma plants. Brush them directly when a small amount is needed, and spray them with dimethoate when a large amount is needed.

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Propagation

If you want to grow Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma potted plants, you can use cuttings, whether hydroponics or soil cuttings, which are as simple as growing Pothos plants.
Whenever a Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma cutting branch has a growth node, air roots will grow at the node, and if the branch is immersed in clear water, white roots will develop after a few days.
In hydroponic cuttings can be placed in the ventilated window sill side, to a little soft scattering light, keep a warm environment (temperature between 20~25 degrees), every two or three days to change the water once, about a week or so, the root system can grow longer.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

Conclusion

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, is a climbing plant that grows roots at its growing nodes and has a strong ability to attach itself to them. The stalk of Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is supported with a soft cord and then allowed to climb on its own.
If you notice that the leaves of Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma are curled up and dry at their tips, it's usually due to too much dry air, or too much fertilizer.