The Myth of the Half-Moon Monstera

The Myth of the Half-Moon Monstera

The Half Moon Monstera has become a highly sought-after plant in recent years due to its unique appearance. With its striking variegated leaves, it's no wonder that many plant enthusiasts are clamoring to get their hands on one.

Whenever we find a truly striking half moon it will be available for purchase here

However, there is a myth surrounding this plant that needs to be debunked. The Half Moon Monstera is not a it's own species of plant.

In this blog post, we will delve into the myth of the Half Moon Monstera and explore the truth behind this popular plant.


What is the Half Moon Monstera?

The half-moon monstera variegata is quite the rare creature.
Half-moon means that 1 half of the leaves are white, the other one green, like cut with surgical precision.

Allow me to explain how a leaf can be like that and why it is so rare. The variegation of the leaves is defined by the variegation in the stem. How this transfers to the leaves is determined by how the stem variegation “cuts” where the node of the new leaf is. For a perfect 50/50 leaf you would need a node where a perfect white streak goes through for 50%

As leaves alternate between two sides of the stem, there would have to be a perfect white streak going through the nodes on either side of the plant as well to get all half-moon leaves. The chance of that happening is immensely low. 
Most “half moon” plants only have 1 perfect streak side, and alternate between half moon and often even green leaves.

So don’t panic when your half-moon puts out a green leaf, as long as it’s only one, there is nothing to worry about, it’s 100% normal!




Debunking the Myth

With mythical creatures, most of the time, come mythical flaws. Half-moon monsteras are prone to reverting, and might need to be cut back ever now and then in an effort to save the variegation.
We always swear by the very marbled plants, as that is a really strong variegation that is not likely to revert.
In conclusion, while the Half Moon Monstera is a beautiful plant, it is not a separate species of plant. It is simply a Monstera with a specific type of variegation. It is important to understand the true nature of this plant to avoid falling for myths and misconceptions.
If you are looking to purchase a Half Moon Monstera, it is essential to know what you are getting. Remember, the variegation in the Half Moon Monstera is not stable, so be prepared for some changes in the plant's appearance over time.


Final Thoughts

The Half Moon Monstera is a beautiful plant that has captured the hearts of plant enthusiasts around the world. While it may not be a separate species of plant, its unique variegation makes it a popular addition to any collection. Understanding the truth behind the Half Moon Monstera can help you make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing and caring for this popular plant.


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