With unique splashes of color reminiscent of a galaxy, Monstera deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’, a new variety of the hardy monstera plant, was chosen as Favorite New Foliage Plant at the 2020 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Grown by Costa Farms of Miami, Florida, the award for ‘Thai Constellation’ marks the fifth year the company has taken home the prize for Favorite New Foliage Plant.
“It’s no coincidence that Costa Farms has won this award for the 5th consecutive year,” said Darryl Cheng, creator of House Plant Journal, author of ‘The New Plant Parent.’ “They lead the industry by introducing top quality plants of rare and exotic varieties and making them accessible to all plant lovers.”
The new variant of the monstera deliciosa has found a strong following on social media. As the plant ages, the leaves take on a different structure, which is how Monsteras earned the nickname “swiss cheese plant.” Monsteras are so popular they even have their own hashtag #monsteramonday.
“A plant like this is ideal for those consumers looking for dramatic and showy foliage,” said Mike Rimland, Plant Hunter at Costa Farms. “Its eye-catching leaves have a cosmic-like draw to them.”
‘Thai Constellation’ can be grown just about anywhere indoors. It can tolerate low light, but grows faster and becomes more dramatic in a bright spot. In most areas, it can take some direct sun on its leaves when grown in the house.
“The monstera trend has expanded beyond the plant industry and into fashion and retail,” said Rimland. “Plants that have variegated foliage are particularly trendy, and we expect to see a lot of interest in ‘Thai Constellation’ because of its good looks and easy care requirements.”
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