Propagating Variegation: The Racket of Rare Plants

Science on Tap
Monday, April 12, 2021
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EDT (UTC -4)

If you’re a plant person, you’ve heard of Thai Constellation Monsteras, whose cuttings start around $200 and mature plants can cost upwards of $1,000. After hundreds of emails asking “Tyler, where can I buy a variegated Monstera that doesn’t cost $1,000?” He set out to answer that question.

Now Tyler Thrasher is teaming up with other scientists and botanists to mass produce a completely unique plant and offer it to the world for a reasonable and accessible price. There are no such thing as rare plants; all plant lovers should have access to the genetic diversity and beauty plants can display.

About the Speaker


Tyler Thrasher in a Greenhouse

Tyler Thrasher

With an undying love for nature and its respective curiosities, there are few things Tyler Thrasher’s brain isn’t obsessing over. Between his pursuits to crystallize the world, opalize everything, and hunt down some of the realm’s most unique plants, his passion to combine art and science every step of the way is his fire and fuel.

Chances are if you catch Tyler at a party, he’ll talk your ear off about exploring caves, growing minerals in his lab, playing Dungeons and Dragons, hybridizing new plants, electronic music, grappling with and overcoming trauma, and just how amazingly beautiful and mysterious this whole wide universe is.

About the Series

Our Science on Tap monthly speaker series is now online! This monthly gathering features brief, informal presentations by Philadelphia-based scientists and other experts followed by lively conversation and a Q&A. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people. Come join the conversation!