Plant Profile: Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

This tropical evergreen is the perfect addition to any home. If you love the vibes that the Monstera deliciosa gives, but sadly you do not have enough space to accommodate one, the tetrasperma is a great second option.
The tetrasperma is often called Mini Monstera, Ginny Philodendron or Philodendron Piccolo, but it is neither a Monstera nor a Philodendron; even though they are all a part of the Araceae family.
Originally from Malaysia and Southern Thailand, this plant has recently become a hit all over the world, only recently reaching Mauritius. Where I was lucky enough to get my hands on one.
Caring for the tetrasperma is easy and rewarding, give it what it needs and it’ll grow like crazy.


Rhaphidophora tetrasperma loves light. Of course in many households this can be challenging, especially if your windows or veranda don’t face the right direction. But don’t fret, even though it loves light, it tolerates less too.
Ideally, place your plant in bright indirect light for fast growth. Placing it in a north or east facing window/position is ideal.
If your plants leaves don’t split or it has slow growth, move it closer to the light.


Always water your plant thoroughly, ensuring water runs out the bottom of the pot easily.
Never leave your pot sitting in water, as this will lead to root rot.
Water again when the soil is slightly dry.

Potting Medium

Your mix should include nutrient rich soil, peat moss, bark, and perlite. This mix allows for good drainage, aeration and nutrients.


It’s important to not over fertilise as is this can cause root burn.
It’s best to fertilise with a liquid fertiliser NPK 20-20-20 every month, after flushing the soil.
Whats flushing?
Its the process of washing the soil to remove excess salts or minerals.
This is done by letting water run through the soil for several minutes, letting all the water run out, then watering normally.


Propagation is done via stem cutting, ensuring theres a node present.
Water or perlite propagation are both effective. Wait until the cutting has 2cm roots before potting in fresh soil.