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When we bought our apartment, I filled my Instagram and Pinterest feeds with home decor inspiration. That’s when my houseplant obsession began. And during the first lockdown of 2020, as I was scrolling my feed, I saw it for the first time. The most beautiful plant I’d ever seen. The variegated monstera.

After a bit of research, to my disappointment, I discovered this plant was rare and expensive. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I was determined to get my hands on one. And I actually ended up getting two. But during the journey, I learned a lot about variegated monstera, including discovering a lot of shocking things about what people will do to get their hands on one, and the lengths sellers will go to make money from the high demand.

I wanted to share everything I’ve learned about this rare and stunning plant with you so that if you are looking to buy one, or you’ve just welcomed one into your plant family, you’ll know everything you need to know about variegated monstera.

What is variegation?

There are a few different types of variegated monstera out there, so let’s start by talking about what variegation is. Variegation simply means to have a pattern of different colours or markings, either in the leaves or stem, or both.

The Different Types Of Variegated Monstera

For this post, I’m only referring to the variegated monstera deliciosa, commonly known as the “Swiss cheese plant”. While variegation is originally a naturally occurring mutation that happens, some types of variegated monstera have actually been created by tissue cultivation in a laboratory.

The different types of variegated monstera area:

  • Albo Borsigiana
  • Thai Constellation
  • Aurea
  • Mint Monstera

Monstera deliciosa ‘Albo Borsigiana’

Monstera deliciosa ‘Albo Borsigiana’, often just referred to as the variegated monstera ‘albo’ is one of the most popular and most common types of variegated monstera. Its variegation can often display striking white patches and highly patterned areas, and generally grows much smaller than other types of monstera deliciosa. It’s not unusual to see leaves with a high percentage of white. There is a chance that an albo could revert back to green but there are things you can do if that starts to happen (which I’ll talk about below).

Variegated monstera house plant

Monstera deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’

Monstera deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’ is characterised by it’s speckled variegation that’s more of a cream/yellow colour than the albo. This variegation in the Thai Constellation is not a naturally occurring, but rather created in labs through tissue culture. This means it’s much more stable and there isn’t a risk it will lose its variegation unlike some other types. Every leaf should have some degree of variegation, although some will have more while others will have less.

Monstera deliciosa ‘Aurea’

The Monstera deliciosa ‘Aurea’ is another cultivated version, although rarer than the Thai constellation and albo. The aurea has much more yellow in its markings and generally has less variegation than other types of variegated monstera. Like the albo, the aurea is also a smaller monstera.

Mint Monstera

The mint monstera is one of the rarest types of variegated monstera, with a light mint green variegation. However, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding this plant, as many of the ones sold online on places like eBay where there are accusations that the items being sold are actually albo borsigiana plants with a high amount of mint colouring. They are so rare, I couldn’t actually find one for sale to show a picture here.

Why is Monstera Variegata So Expensive?

Variegated monstera are expensive because they are rare. Since variegation only occurs through mutation or cultivation in a lab, it means that they can’t simply be mass produced. They either have to be grown through tissue cultivation or through cutting and propagation from a mother plant, both of which are slow processes. Their increasing popularity and demand for them, and lack of supply has pushed the price up significantly in the last few years.

How Much Does Variegated Monstera Cost?

Depending on what variety you’re shopping for, you can expect to spend anything from $50+ for a single leaf cutting of an albo to over $1000 for a full adult plant. A young Thai constellation costs anything upwards of $250 for a plant around 40cm/1ft tall but can be up to $750+ for the same size if the plant has some significant variegation.

The prices can vary greatly per plant depending on the individual levels of variegation, and also seem to be linked to the current level of demand in the marketplace which are continuing to rise rapidly.


Where can you buy variegated swiss cheese plant?

So we’ve already acknowledged that these plants are rare, and that there’s a high demand for them. So when it comes to getting your hands on one, it can be quite the challenge. And you’re almost certainly going to need to be ready to part with some serious cash too. While you might be lucky to have a rare plant shop in your area, for most people the best place to buy your monstera variegata is online.

Things to know before buying monstera Variegata

There are an increasing number of places where you can buy variegated monstera online. But be careful, because with increased demand comes an increased number of scams designed to trick wannabe plant parents out of their hard-earned cash.

Full plant or cutting?

Depending on the type of variegated monstera that you want to buy, and on your budget, that will determine whether you’ll be best buying a full plant or a cutting.

If you’re buying a cultivated variant of the variegated monstera, such as the ‘Thai constellation’ or ‘aurea’, you’re more likely to be buying a young plant rather than a cutting. In the past year, there have been a number of new rare plants shops cropping up online, and if they stock a variegated monstera, it’s usually the Thai constellation.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to get your hands on a Monstera Variegata albo borsigiana and you can’t afford a fully grown adult plant (which are expensive and harder to come by), you’ll probably find it much easier to find a leaf cutting.

What to look for if you’re buying a cutting

When I purchased my variegated monsteras, I bought one single leaf cutting and one rooted young plant that was also from a cutting. Most sellers who are selling cuttings are likely to be selling single or double leaf cuttings from a single node taken from a mother plant. When buying a cutting these are the most important things to look for:

  • A leaf cutting MUST come with a node. The node is the slightly hardened part of the stem (I think of them like the vertebrae in the spine) where the new leaves and air roots grow. Without a node, the cutting won’t grow roots, so it will eventually die.
  • Ideally, you want a mix of white and green in the stem and leaves. 50/50 of white and green is a perfect balance.
  • As long as the cutting has a node, it doesn’t need to have roots yet. You’ll just need to be patient and propagate it before you can plant it back in soil. If you’re not confident in doing that, buy a cutting that’s already rooted.
variegated monstera stem cutting

Things to avoid when buying variegated monstera

  • Variegated Monstera Seeds
    You cannot grow variegated monstera from seeds. If you see variegated monstera seeds for sale, it’s a scam. Walk away.
  • Stem Cuttings
    You may see some people selling a section of stem without any leaves. I’ve seen stem cuttings (with no leaves) sell for $200+ on eBay which blows my mind. Of course, if you read the description, most sellers state “No refunds. Buyer purchases at own risk” which should be enough to make you think twice. IF the section of stem includes a node, then it should eventually grow leaves if cared for correctly. But you could be waiting a very long time. Honestly, it’s a lot of money to risk and I wouldn’t recommend it.
  • Tubers
    I’ve seen a couple of these pop up recently on eBay too. As far as I was aware, the monstera deliciosa plant doesn’t produce tubers, so this looks like another scam.
  • Full ‘albo’ i.e. all white or mostly white leaves.
    If you remember your biology lessons in school, you’ll remember that plants survive through photosynthesis. Chlorophyll in the green parts of the leaves turns sunlight into energy. Healthy plants need green and if a plant produces too many white leaves, most people prune these leaves to encourage new growth (with more green). Many people then sell these cuttings, as they can fetch a good price, but there is a chance your very expensive white monstera is very likely going to die without more green leaves to sustain it.
all white variegated monstera deliciosa

Best Places To Buy Variegated Monstera Online

Even a year ago, if someone had told me I could buy plants and plant cuttings online, I’d have laughed. The thought of shipping plants seemed completely crazy. However, since most people don’t live near a rare plant shop, your only choice may be to buy online. Of course, there is a small amount of risk, even with the most reputable of sellers. But even if you buy from a plant shop and select a plant in person, it’s still possible to end up with an unhealthy plant without realising it at first. Plants are living organisms and can succumb to disease or damage from improper care.

I bought both of my cuttings online after doing lots of research, and thankfully everything turned out great. But as I already mentioned above, there are people out there looking to scam plant lovers, so it’s definitely worth buying from somewhere trustworthy.

Variegated Monstera on Etsy

Etsy would be my top recommendation for buying variegated monstera online. I bought my young cutting from an Etsy shop in the Netherlands and had it shipped to me in Austria. It was already rooted and potted, with 3 smaller leaves, and within four months it’s grown to almost double the size already.

With Etsy you usually have a degree of protection as a buyer, and most established shops have reviews so you can see what previous customers are saying about them. I also love Etsy as usually, you’re supporting small businesses which means someone is doing a happy dance when you make a purchase from them.

Shop for Variegated Monstera on Etsy
variegated monstera from Etsy

Variegated Monstera on eBay

I’ll be honest that I’m a little wary of eBay as there are many scams happening on there. Like people selling variegated monstera seeds, tubers and bits of stem that don’t even have a node. But there is also a lot of genuine variegated monstera for sale on eBay. Just be careful to read all the terms and conditions as many sellers will state “no refunds or returns”. That means if the plant arrives in a bad way, you might have trouble arguing your case. And as with so many online auctions, it’s easy to get pulled in with a lower starting price and end up bidding much higher just because you don’t want to lose something (I’m talking from experience here lol).

If you want to buy on eBay, do your research on the seller, read reviews. Don’t be afraid to ask more questions or request more photos so you are clear on exactly what you’re bidding on.

Variegated Monstera for Sale on eBay

Buy & Sell Websites Like Gumtree & Craigslist

I bought one of my cuttings via a buy & sell app. While everything turned out fine, it did feel like a risk that I worried about as soon as I transferred the money. I knew there was nothing I could do if I didn’t get what I was expecting. I was buying from a private seller, paying via bank transfer and trusting they would deliver what was advertised. Even though things turned out ok for me, I wouldn’t recommend buying this way unless you can visit the seller and do the handover in person.

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Variegated Monstera Care

You’ve finally got your hands on one of these beauties. While monstera deliciosa are generally a super easy plant to care for, the variegated monstera does need a little bit of extra TLC.


Because of the variegation in the leaves, their variegated monstera needs more sunlight than a standard monstera deliciosa. The plant should be places somewhere where it gets bright shade, but not direct sun. Too little sunlight and you risk losing that beautiful white as the plant reverts back to green in order to increase its ability to photosynthesise. But direct sun will burn those beautiful white parts of the leaves.


As a general rule, monsteras like to be watered about once a week in the summer. This may be less over the winter months as their growth can slow. A good indication of when your plant needs watering is when the top inch (2-3cm) of the soil is dry. Make sure the plant has plenty of drainage at the bottom, as while monstera can tolerate occasional overwatering, leaving the roots sitting in water will cause root rot, which no plant can recover from. If you notice water droplets on the leaves in the mornings, this may be a sign that you are overwatering.

Pruning & Preserving Variegation

While variegation is random, sometimes a plant can start to revert back to green or in some cases start to produce leaves with too much white to survive. In both instances, you can take to help preserve the variegation and health of the plant by pruning these leaves back to the node where there is a good mix of variegation. Many experts have suggested this is a bit like hitting a ‘reset’ button.

However, if the plant is reverting back to green, this may be due to insufficient sunlight, so move the plant to a bright spot in the room (but still not in direct sunlight).

How quick do cuttings grow?

If you’re impatient like me but you can’t afford a full plant, you’re only real option is to buy a cutting. So how long can you expect to wait before your cutting grows more leaves?

Of course, there are a number of variables. Before your cutting starts growing new leaves, it needs to establish a good system of roots. A lot depends also on the conditions where you are keeping your plants, and the time of year. For the two plants that I purchased in October, it took around two months for the plants to adjust to their new environment before I saw any new growth. Within four months they both had grown two to three new leaves each.

New leaf growth on variegated monstera cutting

Are you ready to add a stunning variegated monstera to your houseplant collection?

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How To Find a Variegated Monstera

But first, some things to consider:

  1. You can find them online (ebay & online plant stores), but as you may know, this particular plant goes for a lot of $$. Therefore, it is more of a gamble to order online in my opinion. If you happen to find one in person, it’s much more easy to inspect the specimen and decide if this is the one for you.

  2. Don’t just buy the first one that you have the opportunity to purchase! They are all different. First decide which kind you’re looking for, then when you find yourself in a situation to purchase, inspecting the plant for pests and health.

  3. Important: I don’t want to get too technical, but it’s best to look at the plant’s stem, make sure it has some white in it. In an ideal specimen you want a stem which is white and green with an even mix.

  4. With #3 being said, don’t get a stem that is all white. It needs some green to be able to live and thrive.

  5. Be wary of sellers selling single stems with a node or two and no leaf. While you can grow it from stem, if you are a beginner plant enthusiast, I would hold out for a cutting with a leaf or two.

Personally, I have bought 2 mother plants in-store (pure luck), and one online. Here are my tips on How To Find A Variegated Monstera, specifically in-store.

  • FOLLOW ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE PLANT STORE INSTAGRAMS! They will often post when they have these plants in store, but they go very very very fast.

  • Make friends with plant people, maybe you can find one through the grapevine.

  • Book a plane ticket to Portland, Oregon and go plant shopping. Test your luck.

  • Many Portland Oregon plant shops have had these come in and out of their shops, they usually have 1 at a time. Here are all of the stores I have seen them at: Gurton’s Plant Shop, Solabee Flowers & Botanicals, Arium Botanicals, Pistils Nursury and Marbott’s Greenhouse & Nursery. I think of Portland Oregon as the Mecca of plant shopping on the West Coast.

  • If you’re on the East Coast, the State of Florida is the place for rare and exotic plant shops. Although I am not sure of specifics since I don’t go there often.

I hope this post gave you some ideas. Comment below where you got your variegated monstera and where! I love to hear where everyone got their plants from.

/Paige Eliassen

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This guide has all the details about where to find variegated Monstera for sale in the USA, whether you’re just building up your plant wishlist or ready to take the plunge. There is variation surrounding restrictions on international shipments of plants, so please note that this article is focused on buyers in the United States only.

Once you’ve found your perfect plant, make sure you’re ready to provide it proper care! Our care and product guides can help you nail your setup.

Where to buy variegated Monstera

Due to high demand and low supply, it can be hard to find variegated Monstera available for purchase. Don’t be intimidated! Whether you’re in search of a white variegated Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata, Thai Constellation, yellow variegated Monstera Aurea, or even a rare variegated Monstera Adansonii, we’ve rounded up your best options right here.

Finding variegated Monstera in the USA in local stores

Small Shops and Nurseries

Some small plant shops and boutiques carry variegated Monstera. If you’re lucky enough to have a shop nearby that offers rare or collector plants, ask if they ever sell variegated Monstera. Your feedback can influence their future stock!

Typically, this is one of the most expensive ways to purchase a variegated Monstera, and quantities are limited. Fortunately, you’ll avoid shipping and benefit from the personalized advice available from shopping small and supporting a local business.

Large Stores

Due to the difficulty of mass producing variegated Monstera, they aren’t available from wholesale suppliers of large nurseries and garden centers. (Note: Costa Farms is currently working on producing Thai Constallations, but recently announced they will not be ready until at least 2022).

As a result, your best chance for finding a variegated Monstera at a hardware store, grocery store, or large nursery is by accident!

Variegation is caused by a random mutation. Ordinary Monstera can sometimes display sport aka chance variegation, becoming a variegated plant! You’re most likely to experience this lucky phenomenon at a large store with a big stock of plants. The best part is, you can purchase these plants as ordinary Monstera without the markup.

When treasure hunting for spontaneous variegation, always check the stems! Monsteras can put out leaves with a few patches of variegation, but this pattern will not continue in future leaves unless it is present in the stem or petiole where new growth forms.

Finding Variegated Monstera for Sale in the USA Online

If you’re having a hard time finding variegated Monstera for sale in the USA in person, searching online will expose you to more variety. In addition to larger established plants, you can find cuttings, nodes, and baby Monstera.

You’ll also find a larger range of prices, from great deals to extreme price gouging. While it feels great to score a deal, always remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.


Ebay is one of the best sources for variegated Monstera, with lots of listings and more added every day! You can create custom search alerts, filter by price, and search past listings to see the winning bids.

Most Ebay listings are auctions, although some items can be purchased. Using Ebay is more complicated than buying a plant at a store, and it can be confusing at first. Familiarize yourself with Ebay’s auction system for your best chance at getting the winning bid on your dream plant.

Ebay charges high seller fees of 10%, which is reflected in the prices. In addition, bidding wars can inflate prices. By keeping an eye on the available auctions, and looking for hidden gems, you can find some great deals! Just be prepared when buying Monstera via auction that you might have to lose a few auctions before you get lucky.

Social Media

Social media sites, like Facebook, allow you to connect with other Monstera lovers. There, you can purchase or trade directly from hobby growers.

Try joining houseplant groups in your state or local area. In my experience, local hobby sellers can give you the lowest prices of all! You won’t have to worry about shipping, and you can take part in growing the local houseplant community. Facebook Marketplace is also a good place to search for plants if you live in an urban or suburban area with lots of local postings.

In addition, there are lots of USA national groups for buying, selling, and trading rare plants like variegated Monstera. Find these groups by searching Facebook for rare plant purge or BST (buy, sell, trade) groups. Some good group examples are “Tropical + Rare Plant Purge BST” and “Time to Splurge and Purge BST”.

Finally, there are even Facebook groups dedicated to reviewing online plant sellers! You can search for sellers to see other’s experience with them before purchasing.

Follow us at MonsteraGuide (@MonsteraGuide) on Facebook and Instagram.


Plant shops on Etsy have less availability than Ebay, but you don’t have to bid! Etsy takes a high commission as well, so be prepared for high prices. In my experience, Etsy has some of the highest prices for variegated Monstera. On the other hand, it is very easy to search and make purchases.

Make sure to purchase from Etsy shops with lots of positive reviews!

Online Nurseries

If you don’t have a rare plant nursery near you, don’t worry! There are many plant shops in the USA that have variegated Monstera for sale online. Furthermore, some even sell online only. You can find online shops via Google searches, plant group recommendations, or social media.

Here are a few of the more well known, positively reviewed online plant shops that I have seen offer variegated Monstera in the past. I have no affiliation with these sites, and just collected this list in my own variegated Monstera searches.

Variegated Monstera are uncommon, so they are often not in stock. Don’t let this discourage you; check back regularly or subscribe to catch a restock.

Larger shops:

Small and Medium shops:

Keep in mind, that I have not purchased from every one of these stores, so please do your own research!

Importing plants from international sources

For variegated Monstera buyers in the USA, you may be interested in purchasing variegated Monstera from sellers in countries where prices are lower. Before you do this, make sure to learn about all the requirements.

Buying plants internationally requires a phytosanitary certificate to pass customs, and an import permit for quantities greater than 12 plants. Typically, the cost of the phytosanitary certificate and international shipping is significant compared to the price of a single plant. Make sure your international seller is aware of the requirements and prepared to meet them.

Want to use what we use for our variegated Monstera plants? Check out our Monstera care product recommendations that you can purchase from Amazon.

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Rare White Variegated Monstera Deliciosa (Borsigiana)

White Variegated Monstera Deliciosa, AKA: Variegated Split Leaf Philodendron or Borsigiana

Plant collectors and homeowners are going crazy over this plant! They fly off the shelves fast and everywhere you look they are sold out. The price is a bit higher than it’s standard twin, the Monstera Deliciosa because it is a rare site to see.  These plants are going for around $140 to $300 on eBay, not including shipping!

What You Get:

One plant cutting with 1 to 2 leaves:

  • 1 cutting with one to two leaves from a thriving plant.
  • Cutting normally includes an aerial root for successful rooting
  • Leaves may not be splitting due to the nature of this plant. They will split upon maturity.
  • Shipped with no soil for ease of shipping
  • Place in water (recommended) or soil to start growing!
  • Care Instructions, Tips, Soil Recommendations

The Monstera Borsigiana albo variegata is fairly easy to take care of. It requires similar care to the Monstera Deliciosa, the only difference is that it grows a bit slower. We recommend keeping your Monstera out of direct sunlight since the white parts of the leaves are more prone to burning.


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