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Raul Corral - Grandfather
Samuel Cortes - Myself
Base Species or Cultivar:
Started a couple weeks after 1985, My grandfather Raul Corral (a Civil engineer) was requested to work on a property to clean the rubble for a couple of buildings that had tragically fallen in Mexico's biggest earthquake - long story short, about 5-6 of these Monstera Samxicanas were given to my grandfather as a gift of gratitude for his service to the Mexican people. At that time nor He or my grandmother knew what the word variegated, or sport even meant, for them it was plain and simple: a 'Costilla de Adan' (Spanish) which translates to 'Adam’s rib' as they nickname them here in Mexico. Time after my grandfather passed away and these plants had already been given to my uncle - Raul Corral Jr who has been continuously growing these plants for over 30 years. At the beginning of it all we thought these plants had come from a different country as the two people my uncle mentioned that gifted these plants were foreigners. However, it has come to our knowledge that these plants do originate from Veracruz, Mexico.
It is a true Monstera Deliciosa (large form) and my name is Samuel, I go by Sam. The Xicana part is the second and third syllable of the word Mexicana 'spanish' which translated to English stands for Mexican.
Climbing plant and when mature creeping by the sides if a tree isn't present.
Large Form Monstera Deliciosa
Bloom and Fruit:
Same deliciosa fruit as the regular Monstera. Seeds are harder to grow since they do tend to rot easily with variegation.
Speckled ghostly green veins throughout the leaf when the leaf is thoroughly white. Same when its sectoral however on some occasions the leaf can be fully green and white vein’s part from the middle and spread out. I'd love to share some pictures! We know that when an Albo Monstera has a fully white leaf that it will end up drying/burning due to the lack of chlorophyll. However, with my family’s cultivar we notice that the white leaf may or may not die if recently cut -yet the next leaf that will come out will harden and show the characteristic green veins. If the plant hasn’t been cut it will continue to birth leaves with same pattern infinitely. The Samxicana amazingly learns to adapt quickly and in order to survive starts to throw green since it knows it won’t do okay without chlorophyll. A truly astonishing smart plant who has evolved to learn to survive.