Rhaphidophora leaves

Rhaphidophora (Mini Monstera)

The Rhaphidophora family originates from Tropical Africa, Australia, Malaysia and Western Pacific. The genus consists of 100 species and these beauties are all from the family of Araceae. These beauties are capable of beginning life just as a seed, or even be at first a terrestrial plant and climb in a tree to send roots back to the soil. Sometimes they even thrive in fast-flowing water, we call them rheophytic plants. It’s a really interesting plant right?

Rhaphidophora plant care tips

Light and placement for Rhaphidophora

Like most plants in the large Aroids family, the genus Rhaphidophora needs bright but indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves of the Rhaphidophora, so be careful where you position it! An east-facing room is the best option for your Rhaphidophora to thrive, as filtered sunlight is excellent. Otherwise a spot further from the window will also be fine. They can also grow in low light, but you will see from their foliage that they do not like too much shade.


Watering and humidity are important for your Rhaphidophora. Most of them are found in tropical environments, so you can imagine that they like damp spaces and never stay too dry. But it is so nice that Rhaphidophora species are hardy plants, and if you forget to water them and they get dry, they will forgive you. Be careful not to over-water them, and water less in winter because they will not grow actively!


Regularly fertilizing isn’t a bad idea. Your green beauty likes to eat, feel free to give her some PLNTS Nutrition every four month. Don’t overfeed her either, she could have a root burn issue, and we know you don’t want that for your green friend!

Rhaphidophora plant

Propagating Rhaphidophora

Propagating Rhaphidophora is quite easy for most species in the genus. As with most aroid species, use clean and sharp pruning shear to cut off a stem with one node and three or four leaves. The node is in the area where the leaves start to grow. Place the end of your cutting in a pot with water, and wait until the roots are about 5 cm long before placing it in a pot with potting soil.

Most common pests on Rhaphidophora

Of all the pesky insects in this green world, Rhaphidophora are susceptible to one in particular, and you often hear its name when talking about plants... Spider mites! These horrible little spiders make your green friend 'sick' pretty quickly. Keep an eye on your Rhaphidophora, and try to see if you can spot some little critters walking on the leaves of your plant or if you can see little webs on them. If you are not sure, you can take a look at our PLNTSdoctor page to identify and eliminate your plant pests!

Are Rhaphidophora poisonous for your pets or children?

Unfortunately, the genus Rhaphidophora is toxic to domestic animals such as cats, dogs or other species. The toxicity comes from the insoluble calcium oxalates they contain. Watch your animal when it walks around your plant. If you notice mouth irritation, vomiting or excessive drooling, it could be that your animal has taken a bite of your green lady!

Rhaphidophora plant for sale

At PLNTS.com we have the most famous among the species, the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma with her Monstera appearance! The nice thing is that we also have her as a BabyPLNTS, so if you want to see her bloom and grow from a little one to a big and beautiful adult plant, you can choose the baby! We also have Rhaphidophora Foraminifera with her small holes along the middle rib. At PLNTS.com we will make all your plant dreams come true!

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