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Monstera Albo Vs Thai Constellation (4 Key Differences)

Nowadays, exotic plants are much more than mere decorations; they’ve become treasures for avid collectors. In this piece, I’ll share insights into two highly sought-after monstera varieties.

The Albo variety stands out for its height and elongated form. Contrastingly, the Thai Constellation features shorter nodes, giving it a bushier appearance. This characteristic often means it needs a bit more room than the Albo. Additionally, the Thai Constellation tends to grow quite a bit quicker.

monstera albo vs thai constellation

Monstera albo and Monstera Thai constellation

1. Variegation

The primary distinction in the foliage of these two plants lies in their variegation patterns. The Monstera Thai Constellation boasts evenly distributed yellow spots or stripes against a green backdrop, offering a stable variegation that doesn’t shift entirely to green or yellow.

Conversely, the Monstera Albo is known for its dramatic white patches on the leaves, with some leaves possibly being half white, while adjacent ones might be entirely green. This variety exhibits what’s called ‘unstable variegation,’ where leaves might be all white or all green.

This poses a challenge as green leaves need to be pruned to prevent the plant from reverting to a fully green state. However, a plant with only white leaves faces a different risk; it can perish from a lack of chlorophyll, necessary for photosynthesis.

2. Leaf Size

Another key variation lies in leaf size. The Monstera Thai Constellation is known for its expansive leaves, which can stretch over two feet in length. On the flip side, the leaves of the Monstera Albo typically max out at around 12 inches.

Thanks to its larger foliage, the Monstera Thai Constellation presents a more robust and full-bodied look, living up to its “monstrous” moniker more so than its counterpart.

3. Size and Shape

The stature and form of these plants vary slightly as well. The Monstera Thai Constellation features closely spaced internodes, giving it a compact and bushy appearance. However, its large leaves ensure the plant still appears spread out and full.

Conversely, the Monstera Albo has internodes that are about 6 inches apart, contributing to a more stretched and elongated form. This trait makes the Monstera Albo a quintessential climber.

If your preference leans towards large and full plants, then the Monstera Thai Constellation is the ideal choice. It does require a bit more room due to its quicker growth rate, but you can manage its size with regular pruning.

For those who favor climbing or vine-like plants, the Monstera Albo is a perfect fit. It may not be as broad, but it grows taller more aggressively. To cultivate it successfully indoors, you’ll need a moss pole for support.

4. Price

Currently, there’s a noticeable difference in both the price and availability of these plants, though this could change down the line. For now, let’s look at the situation as it stands.

The Monstera Thai Constellation boasts more reliable variegation and is easier to propagate. Nearly every cutting has the potential to root and grow into a new plant. Additionally, this variety is commonly propagated through tissue culture, significantly increasing the number of plants on the market and, as a result, making it more affordable.

On the flip side, the Monstera Albo presents more challenges in propagation. Cuttings that are entirely green won’t yield a variegated plant, and those that are completely white lack viability. Coupled with its rarity in tissue culture propagation, these factors contribute to its scarcity and higher price tag.

However, this could work to your advantage. Cultivating and propagating Monstera Albo could lead to owning rare and valuable specimens, which might be sold for a profit.

Similarities

monstera albo vs thai constellation

Monstera Albo

Watering

Both Monstera varieties share similar watering needs. In their natural environments, they receive ample moisture, yet their roots are never submerged in water for extended periods, thanks to the majority of the root system being aerial.

To ensure your Monstera flourishes, water it once the top half of the soil feels dry. In winter, wait for the soil to nearly completely dry out before watering again. When you do water, saturate the soil thoroughly to ensure even moisture distribution. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to avoid waterlogging.

Fertilization

Both the Monstera Albo and Monstera Thai Constellation are robust growers that may not receive adequate nutrients from potting soil alone, necessitating regular fertilization.

Feed your Monstera monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer, rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, along with essential micronutrients like iron, zinc, and magnesium.

Sunlight

These Monstera varieties require similar light conditions: at least six hours of bright, indirect sunlight daily, mimicking their native habitats.

Place them in an east, west, or south-facing room, away from direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

monstera albo vs thai constellation

Monstera Thai Constellation

Soil

Both plants thrive in soil that mimics their natural environment: lightweight, well-draining, and slightly acidic. Avoid water retention to prevent root issues.

A ready-made aroid mix is ideal, or create your own by blending equal parts of regular potting soil and sterile compost. Ensure the pH is slightly acidic for optimal growth.

Temperature and Humidity

A temperature range of 65-85°F is optimal, with growth slowing or stopping below 55°F. Avoid outdoor placement during cool nights.

Maintain humidity levels between 60-70% to prevent dry patches or cracking on leaves.

Common Problems

Pests such as aphids and spider mites can be deterred by spraying with a neem oil solution.

For diseases like root rot and leaf spot, prevent overwatering and ensure good drainage. Improve ventilation and keep humidity below 80% to avoid fungal diseases. Treat affected plants with a copper fungicide if necessary.