Houseplants to buy when you can’t afford a Variegated Monstera deliciosa
Have you seen countless pictures flooding your Pinterest and Instagram feeds of the jaw-dropping Variegated Monstera Houseplant? Wondering how to acquire this beauty leads you to a quick google search. Your jaw drops again when you see the price tag, $250 plus! Well sorry Karen, it turns out you only have $20 in your bank account and you’re definitely not going to be able to afford your dream plant.
You’ve had your heart set on a variegated beauty for the last ten minutes and the news is devastating. Well, don’t start crying quite yet! Here at ThatPlantyLife we don’t think you have to skip out on eating or paying rent to adopt a plant you love! That’s why today we’re going to show you 6 absolutely gorgeous variegated houseplants that won’t break the bank!
Variegated houseplants include any houseplant that displays multiple colors on the leaves. In the house plant world, variegated plants have been on the rise to fame for the last couple of years. The most popular usually being plants with white variegation.
These beauties will have a little different care than their pure green counterparts. Since part of the leaf is white it can’t absorb sunlight and photosynthesis like the rest of the green leaf. This means that most variegated plants will have higher light requirements than other plants. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough light, just invest in a grow light and you’ll be all set.
Looking for a creamy variegated plant that doesn’t require much light? Check out our latest monthly plant highlight for a plant that might be perfect for you.
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We took extra care to find you the most gorgeous and easily accessible plants that any plant parent can afford. And although affordable, trust me these six houseplants don’t compromise when it comes to variegation gorgeousness. Once you buy one you’ll find yourself staring at those luscious leaves all day.
‘N Joy’ Pothos
Prefers bright, indirect light. Will tolerate lower light settings but will grow slower and can lose some of its variegation.
Pothos prefer to dry out some between waterings. Make sure to get the moisture meter that I use so you never over or underwater your houseplants.
If you’re new to plant parenthood we recommend starting with this plant. Pothos are notorious for being some of the easiest plants to keep alive. Start here and gain your confidence with houseplants! Soon you’ll be hooked and your home/apartment will be stuffed with plants.
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Peace lily ‘domino’
This plant requires bright, indirect light. If you need to supplement your light source grab a grow light. It will be worth it when you see it flower for the first time.
This plant loves to have consistently moist but never soggy soil.
This plant will definitely let you know if it’s thirsty. Don’t be alarmed if you look over one day and it looks half dead. It’s a bit dramatic, but just give it a good drink and within a matter of hours you should see it spring back to life.
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Hoya ‘Krimson Queen’
Hoya’s can survive in low, medium, to bright, indirect light. However, to get blooms and more variegation you’re going to want to increase the light. Avoid direct sunlight with this houseplant.
This plant likes to get dry between waterings. It’s especially sensitive to overwatering so make sure to have well-draining soil and do not water until the soil is dry.
See a long tendril growing from your Hoya plant? Never cut this off! This is where the leaves and famous Hoya blooms develop from. To help encourage blooms, fertilize in spring and summer. Don’t repot very often either, Hoya plants prefer to be more root-bound than other plants.
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Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’
The Tienke version of the rubber tree has gorgeous variegated foliage. In order to not lose this variegation make sure to give it bright, indirect light.
Water this plant when the top inch of soil is dry. Use your moisture meter since watering needs can vary between summer and winter months.
This plant grows well in normal household humidity but would love a boost in humidity every once in a while. Use a mister to mist your rubber tree occasionally.
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Calathea ‘white fusion’
Calatheas need bright, indirect light to thrive. Direct sun will burn the leaves and cause them to fade.
Make sure to keep the soil moist but never soggy. This plant is also a little more particular about the water it likes to drink than other plants. Use distilled or rainwater to keep it thriving. You can also leave your tap water out overnight to help dissipate the chlorine.
This plant has a reputation for being difficult to keep happy. High humidity is a must, without it, the leaves will get brown and crispy. Make sure to add a humidifier to your space to avoid those crispy ends.
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Thrives in medium to bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight which will scorch the leaves.
Don’t allow the soil to become too soggy on the Manjula pothos but definitely keep it moister than your typical pothos. Allow the top to dry out just slightly before watering again.
Pothos plants love to trail! Check out this gorgeous hanging planter you can use to display your pothos for all to see!
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Drop us a comment below and let us know which one of these variegated beauties you want the most! Looking for more plant info? Check out our favorite plants and don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss out on a new plant to love.
Still not convinced that you can go on without a variegated monstera? Here are a couple of tips for getting your plant-loving hands on one.
- Get active and involved in the plant community on Facebook and Instagram. You can find them in auctions, giveaways, or sometimes people will sell cuttings. Do NOT harass people that you do not know for cuttings of plants.
- Check your local houseplant nursery and see if they ever stock them. If they do check back often.
- Check Etsy and eBay frequently. Sometimes expensive on these sites but frequent checking could find you a deal.
- Lastly, be willing to pay. At least, for now, these plants are expensive and to get a quality plant/cutting you will need to pay.
- If you’re interested in a Thai Constellation we recommend waiting it out a little as we believe these will be more readily available and affordable in the near future.