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Variegated Rhaphidophora tetrasperma (green on green splattered variegation)
Exotic and Eye-Catching: The Variegated Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
Tetrasperma Rhaphidophora. A popular houseplant, the variegated Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is distinctive and eye-catching in both appearance and growth pattern. Developed in Southeast Asia, this houseplant is easy to care for and its variegated pattern adds an exotic flair to your home or office decor. Let’s take a closer look at this plant, including some of its unique qualities and different varieties.
Looks of Tetrasperma Rhaphidophora
When you think about striking foliage, what comes to mind? Leaves in bright colors—or variegated patterns—are among some of the most eye-catching around. It’s almost impossible not to look at them! Many houseplants sport unique leaf designs that make them standout, but one exotic plant truly wows us with its exceptionally brilliant color variation.
That plant is called Rhaphidophora tetrasperma, a hardy succulent that grows best outdoors in USDA Zones 9 to 11. To add color and texture to your landscape, try growing one of these plants indoors; you won’t be disappointed by how striking it looks when it takes over your home!
If you can’t find a rhaphidophora tetrasperma plant for sale locally, they are easy to order online from many sellers. Just remember that if it doesn’t have specific instructions on where to grow it, you will need to keep it outside year round or protect it from frost.
These plants do well in containers as long as they have good drainage and plenty of sunlight throughout the day. You may also want to invest in a light reflector if you live somewhere cold during winter months because these tropical plants like heat during their active growth period.
The plants from your local garden center or nursery may look beautiful in pots, but if you want to show off some interesting growth habits, it might be worth looking beyond your neighborhood. Consider adding a variegated Rhaphidophora tetrasperma to your collection—this plant is a mouthful to say, but fortunately there are easier ways to remember it.
Give it some time in its new home, and eventually its fan-like leaves will start rolling up. It’s important not to disturb them at first (even when they seem they’re moving on their own), as they need time to adjust and balance themselves out. After a few weeks, you can gently coax them into making even more rolls.
These plants also have an interesting way of reproducing: They produce seeds that look like little parachutes! When these seeds land in soil with high levels of humidity, they open up and send down roots that take hold. Pretty cool!
Best Place to Grow
It is important to remember that, just because a plant might be exotic, doesn’t mean it needs particular conditions to thrive. Take a look at how you like to decorate your home; then determine if you have enough space for these plants. If not, consider planting them in pots so they can be moved around easily. They should be kept out of direct sunlight. Indirect light or shade is ideal. Also, keep in mind that variegated plants will lose their color over time when exposed to too much sun. Finally, make sure there are no pests or diseases near where you plan on growing these plants as they are susceptible to infestation from insects and disease. This will help ensure healthy growth for many years to come!
There are many factors that can affect watering needs, such as pot size and drainage, so there’s no one right answer. Water early in the day so that your plant has time to dry out before nightfall. If your plant doesn’t need water for a few days, be careful not to let it dry out completely; give it a little water just to keep it from getting stressed.
Use a spray bottle for small plants or dip under running water for larger plants and always let them drain thoroughly before placing back on their pedestal or stand. When you first get your plant home, set it somewhere where you won’t forget to water it until you’ve established a routine. Once they’re established, they’ll need less frequent watering.
For example, cacti and succulents will do fine with infrequent deep watering (like once every couple of weeks) but tropicals like ferns will need daily light misting throughout summer months but less often during winter months when they’re dormant.
Variegated Rhaphidophora tetrasperma thrives in indirect sunlight; however, it can easily adjust to being in direct sunlight. It is important to note that direct sunlight for extended periods of time may cause your plant to become lanky or leggy. To keep your plant from becoming too leggy, you can rotate its position every few days.
Alternatively, you can place it on a high shelf where it will get more diffuse light without being exposed directly to bright light all day long. Direct sunlight also tends to make variegated leaves turn a bluer shade of green; however, adjusting your plant’s location may allow your plant’s natural coloration to shine through again.
Regardless of whether you choose to put your plant in full sun or not, it will still need plenty of water. Watering once per week should be sufficient if your plant is placed in indirect sunlight; however, if placed in direct sunlight, watering twice per week should be sufficient.
If you notice that one side of your plant has dried out faster than another side (due to uneven watering), gently shake off any excess water and then move your pot around so that each side receives equal amounts of water. You may also want to consider investing in a humidity tray which helps plants retain moisture longer by increasing humidity levels around them.
Temperature & Humidity Requirements
This plant can withstand a wide range of temperatures and humidity levels, though most plants will do best in climates where temperatures do not exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant should be kept in moderately humid environments, such as a bathroom or kitchen that experiences frequent use.
Do not place your plant in drafty areas, however; it can be damaged by extreme winds that are common during thunderstorms. In addition to temperature and humidity levels, you will also need to consider light levels when determining where to place your plant.
As with many other houseplants, direct sunlight is damaging to its leaves and stems. Instead, place your plant near a window but away from direct sunlight. The ideal location for your plant would be an area that receives indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day.
When to fertilize your plant
When in doubt, don’t. Too much fertilizer can upset your plant’s nutrient balance and force it to devote too many resources to its roots, killing off aboveground growth. Only fertilize when your plant is growing quickly. You should see new leaves emerging at a rapid rate before fertilizing. If you aren’t sure if your plant needs it, talk to a professional who has experience with plants or follow package directions for guidance on when to fertilize specific plants.
Don’t fertilize indoor plants during winter months, as they require less water and nutrients during cold weather. Fertilizer will only encourage them to grow more slowly in winter than they need to—or worse, may kill them entirely. Most indoor plants thrive on slow growth over winter months because their environments are relatively warm.
Adding fertilizer would be like feeding an animal high calorie food all year round—it just isn’t necessary! In general, most houseplants do not need fertilizer unless there is a specific recommendation from your plant’s owner’s manual or instructions on the packaging of your potting soil mixture.
Controlling Leaf Size and Shape
For most gardeners, there is no need to maintain a variegated plant in miniature. In fact, large variegation that covers all of a leaf looks more attractive than leaves with just a hint of variegation. A healthy large variegated plant is generally less prone to diseases and insects than one that is under-sized or crowded.
If you do decide to maintain your plant in miniature, be prepared for a lot of pinching! Plants that are well-established are easier to work with as it will be harder for them to get leggy. This species is easy to grow from cuttings if you want a new plant quickly. Just take cuttings from any part of an established clump (as long as they have roots) and pot them up individually in small pots until they’re ready to go into their permanent home.
They can also be propagated by seed but germination rates are low so don’t expect instant gratification! Germination usually takes several months at room temperature. Seedlings should not be disturbed until they have their first true set of leaves, which can take two months or longer depending on conditions. Seedlings should then be hardened off before transplanting outdoors or into larger containers where they can continue growing over winter indoors until spring when they can go outside permanently if desired.
Dividing Pups / Growing from Seed
To propagate a piece of rariphid, simply cut off one of its pups, pot it up, wait for it to establish itself (2–3 months), then sever it from its parent plant. You can also grow new rariphids from seed. If you grow your rariphids outdoors during their growing season, they will often self-sow themselves next year.
You can plant those outdoors where they’re growing if you like; or you can collect them in a bucket or bag so that you can make sure they don’t get lost on your property. Keep in mind that after flowering is when plants tend to need more water, fertilizer and humidity so be prepared for watering more frequently as blooms begin to appear.
Remember too that deadheading spent flowers will encourage future growth. Rariphids are generally pretty tough plants but do best with plenty of light and regular watering. In general, they prefer cooler temperatures than most other tropical houseplants—65°F at night with warmer days between 75°F and 85°F is ideal—but some varieties can tolerate higher temperatures without suffering any ill effects. It’s important to note that rariphids are not fussy about soil type—so long as it drains well—and prefer loose soils over dense ones since their roots are so shallowly planted.
Importance of trimming/Process
It is important to trim your plant regularly in order to keep it healthy. When you remove dead leaves from your plant, you’re helping it maintain a proper balance of gases in its tissues that are necessary for photosynthesis. In addition, removing brown leaves gives your variegated rhaphidophora a more refined appearance.
Trimming should be done about once every three weeks, or as needed if any individual leaf starts showing signs of rot or insect damage. Your variegated rhaphidophora will probably lose most of its leaves naturally while dormant during winter, so don’t worry if it looks drastically different by springtime! Just start fresh with regular trimming when new growth appears.
Pre-sale of Variegated tetrasperma rhaphidophora (green on green splattered variegation) 1 leaf stem cutting. Variegation is present in all 7 leaves of the mother plant (I can send you the rest of the photos).
The mutated cells are spread throughout the whole plant, which is why there will (or should) be variation on every leaf. On some parts the plant made additional stem and variegation carried on.
Disclaimer: not much is known about this type of variegation as it is extremely rare.
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Pre-sale of Variegated Rhaphidophora tetrasperma (green on green splattered variegation) 1 leaf stem cutting. Variegation is present in all 7 leaves of the mother plant (I can send you the rest of the photos). The mutated cells are spread throughout the whole plant, which is why there will (or should) be variation on every leaf. …
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