Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is a green leafy tropical plant that grows fast and one of the best plants among indoor enthusiasts. This vine plant is easy to care for and has split leaves that make it look like the Monstera deliciosa.
This is a new plant that has a huge demand, everyone wanting to try it out. This plant is from the late 1800s and, it is a native in Southern Thailand and parts of Malaysia.
In some parts of the world, this plant is rare, you are among the lucky ones if you grow it. If you like to grow Monstera deliciosa in your house but have limited space, rhaphidophora tetrasperma is an excellent option. It has a similar flair but takes up a smaller space. These two plants are members of the aroid plant family.
How to Care for the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
There are a few essential care requirements for the RT plant.
- Adequate Lighting. Give your RT plant bright indirect light! Direct sunlight is not recommended, but some of it is fine. The afternoon direct sun can be too much for this plant some morning sun is healthy. Be sure to diffuse the sun using a window. Poor light gives you the plant’s slow growth and small foliage.
- Best Soil Quality. Well-drained soil is the best to avoid giving the plant root rot. A mixture of organic matter with perlite and sphagnum is best.
- Provide a Moss Pole. Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is a climbing plant that will need a moss pole to support it. You will also need to trim it so that it does not grow in every direction.
- Humidity. The perfect humidity for the RT plant is between 30 to 40%. Sometimes household humidity is usually too low for this plant to thrive. If you notice mist on its leaves, use a humidifier or plant other houseplants to help it get the right humidity. Use a humidifier during winter to increase the moisture levels.
- Watering. Keep the plant well moist but do not waterlog it. This plant does not like to dry out it thrives inadequate moisture. If you let it dry out you will notice the lower leaves turning yellow. Water the plant until the water flows out of the drainage hole. Wait until the top inch of the pot is dry before you water again. During winter, be careful not to waterlog your plant as the soil takes longer to dry out. Always feel the soil to know whether it needs more water before you can water it. Do not follow a watering schedule blindly.
How to Propagate Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
The best way to propagate the RT plant is via stem cuttings.
- Cut the plant into sections that contain 1 or 2 nodes.
- Place it in water and wait for several weeks or a month for the roots to form.
- Finally, plant your new plant in a well-draining potting mix.
RT is one of the fastest-growing plants in the Aroid family. Given the right conditions, the plant can grow up to 6 to 12 feet in a single season. You have every reason to get this amazing plant as part of your household plants collection.