The Monstera Acacoyaguensi (Monstera acacoyaguensis) is a tropical and uncommon plant, which is cherished by gardeners looking to expand their knowledge and garden. Great for someone looking to bring some spark into their garden or home. The plant is native to Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. It is very desired as it belongs to the Araceae plant family. This plant is one of the few tropical plants you can grow inside without a bigger worry.
The plant is known for its oval-shaped, pale green leaves with holes, making it look rather monstrous. The holes it grows into its leaves benefit the plant by making it more durable against heavy rain and wind.
The plant loves to climb along walls, fences, and other surfaces creating an excellent conversation starter and head-turner. Monstera Acacoyaguensis will look great on a porch, on a wall, or inside along bookshelves. Because this plant is quite rare and sought after, be ready to pay a heftier price compared to other simpler plants.
This plant is toxic to humans and animals. Retain it from the reach of children and curious pets. Consuming this plant will lead to mild to moderate pain and irritation in the mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach areas.
Grow & Care
The Monstera Acacoyaguensis care routine is easy and doable for any plant lover. Because the plant originates from Central America it does love humid weather and warmth. Thanks to the holes in the leaves, it can withstand heavy rain and strong winds. The plant is not fussy about sunlight needs, has a love for the water, and needs a pot with watering holes. This plant can grow outside in the USDA Hardiness zone 11b to 12.
Because the plant loves dampness, it does need constant watering. It enjoys water, yes, but not soggy soil. Too much watering will lead to root rot. The Monstera Acacoyaguensis needs to be watered once a week. Choose one day a week to water it, that way you won’t forget. If the plant gets droopy and tired-looking, it needs to be watered.
Monstera Acacoyaguensis doesn’t like direct sunlight. Instead, the plant enjoys indirect sunlight, so place it near a west-facing or east-facing window in your home. This way the plant will get just about the right amount of light it needs. When placing it outside, make sure it won’t constantly be under direct sunlight.
Soil & Fertilizer
The soil mixture of the Monstera Acacoyaguensis should have a neutral pH level, of about 6.5. For soil use quality potting soil with perlite, for good drainage, and peat moss. You can also mix soil yourself. Combine equal parts peat moss, sand, and perlite.
This plant enjoys humid and warm conditions. The best temperature for the Monstera Acacoyaguensis would be between 70 to 90 °F (21 – 32 °C). The plant will also thrive if the humidity levels were to be between 50 % to 8 0%. You can achieve these humidity levels with a humidifier or by placing the plant’s pot on top of a pebble tray. Placing the plant in cold conditions will lead to leaves falling off and eventually the plant will wither away.
Propagating the Monstera Acacoyaguensis requires just a few steps:
- With sharp, sterilized sheers or scissors cut the stem just below the node
- Place the cutting in water or soil
- Keep the climate conditions stable
- New roots should form in several weeks
Potting and Repotting
If you can see the plants’ roots coming out of the pot’s drainage holes, or if the plants’ growth speed has slowed or completely stopped, then it’s time to repot your plant. The Monstera Acacoyaguensis will need repotting every two to three years at least, because of its medium growth rate.
Younger plants may need repotting once a year. Always repot your plant into a pot that is bigger by 2 or 3 inches. Before placing it into the new pot do root control, removing any molding, soft or discolored roots. After repotting the plant make sure to water it until the water starts running out from the drainage holes.
Usually, a healthy Monstera Acacoyaguensis plant doesn’t need pruning. But if you wish to prune, then that’s possible. Remember to prune, if needed, the plant in the spring or summer months. The leaves can reach up to 33 inches (84 cm) long and 18 inches (46 cm) wide.
The most common diseases include Powder mildew, leaf spot, and bacterial blight. To avoid these diseases make sure not to overwater your plant, and have good air circulation. You can treat these diseases with fungicide or bactericide, it’s also possible to use a mixture of water and baking soda. The worst disease this plant could get would be root rot. Always make sure your plants’ pot and soil have proper drainage to keep the root rot away.
Monstera Acacoyaguensis is quite sturdy when it comes to pests. There shouldn’t be too many problems with pests. Most common Monstera pests include Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider mites, and Thrips. To cure your Monstera you can use an insecticide, neem oil, a mixture of water and soap, or a mixture of water and rubbing alcohol. Shower it on the plant and keep an eye on it afterward to verify the pests are all gone.
This rare and head-turning plant will make any scenery ten times more entertaining and magical. Including its climbing vines and leaves with holes, it’s made to be the center of attention. The easy-care yet tropical look makes the perfect plant for any garden or home. Anyone willing to spend a dime on plants should invest in one of the most desired after plants, the Monstera Acacoyaguensi.