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Monstera Deliciosa – Plant Care Guide

Monstrous is one of the most coveted indoor houseplants today and for good reason. They are an attractive, low-maintenance tropical plant that looks great in any location. Our Monstera are still low and bushy, but they are climbing plants that can grow tall and even become tree-like. That’s why we chose this easy plant for our home.

Monstera deliciosa houseplant next to the sofa where the dog sleeps

Linage Monstera It contains over 50 different species of plants, known for their large “monster” leaves with distinctive holes and divided edges. Today we will talk about the most popular houseplant variety of Monstera: the Monstera Deliciosa,

What is Monstera Deliciosa?

Monsteras are native to the tropical environments of Central America, especially Mexico. Their large, distinctive leaves are a natural adaptation for survival in the rainforest. The divisions and holes in its leaves (called “fenestrations”) allow the plant to grow large without becoming too heavy, while also allowing sunlight and rain to reach the lower parts of the plant.

Close the pores in the leaves of the Monstera deliciosa plant

In the wild, Monstera plants also grow delicious fruit (that’s where the “deliciosa” part of its name comes from) but they rarely produce fruit as indoor houseplants. It is also considered an epiphyte, which are plants that grow on or over other plants, such as trees, without harming their host. Pothos is another popular epiphyte houseplant. This is why many people use stakes to give their demons something to climb on.

Monstera Deliciosa vs Split Leaf Philodendron

Monstera deliciosus are also called “Swiss cheese plants” or “split-leaf philodendrons”. However, Monstera is not a philodendron and this name may cause it to be confused with tree philodendron, These are two completely different houseplants that are often sold under the name split leaf philodendron. As you can see below, Monstera leaves are shinier and less ruffled at the edges.

Monstera Deliciosa vs Split Leaf Philodendron Comparison

These visual differences may be less obvious in smaller or younger plants, so we recommended double-checking the label or listing for the plant’s scientific name. This way you’ll get the “split-leaf philodendron” you wanted!

How to Care for Monstera Deliciosa

We have no patience for finicky or difficult houseplants, which is why we love keeping Monsteras! They are easy to care for and grow relatively fast, making them a beneficial plant to have around.

Lighting & Placement

Monstera deliciosa in hallway with white wainscoting and picture frame

Monstrous prefers medium indirect sunlight but can adapt to a variety of lighting conditions. Just avoid direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves. We have it thriving in a relatively low-light hallway, but you may want a location with partial or light sunlight if you’re trying to encourage faster growth.

Watering Your Monstera

Monsteras usually require watering every 1-2 weeks during their growing season (spring and summer). Because they are rainforest plants, Monstera are accustomed to dry seasons between heavy rains. So don’t worry if your soil dries out completely between waterings. You can increase your watering even more in the fall and winter.

humidity and fog

Monsteras love humidity, due to their tropical origins. Indoor humidity of 50-60% is ideal, meaning they will perform well in most home environments. You can always keep it near a portable humidifier or lightly moisten the leaves between waterings to encourage growth.

cleaning leaves

Hand Wiping Leaf for Monstera Deliciosa Tropical Plant Care

Consider wiping or dusting your monstera leaves with a damp cloth as needed. This helps it look its best, while also allowing more sunlight to reach its surface. you can also buy plant wipes Or spray them to really shine!

Repotting a Monstera

Your Monstera will probably outgrow its pot every 1-2 years. Consider repotting it in a larger, well-drained pot with fresh soil to encourage its continued growth. If you want to reuse the same spot, use this time to prune back growth, remove dead roots, and provide your plant with fresh, nutrient-packed soil.

staking monstera

Since monsteras are natural climbers, you can stake the plant to encourage upward growth. Stakes are sold in various sizes, shapes and materials. Just be sure to select the appropriate planter for your plant’s size and weight. Use tape or tie To secure it at the stake.

common problems

Monstera deliciosa plants are easy to care for, but don’t be surprised if you encounter any of these common problems. Fortunately, they are easy to identify and address.

  • brown tips: Your Monstera is getting too much sunlight, causing the leaves to burn. Move to a new location with softer, more indirect light.
  • yellow leaves: You are overwatering your Monstera. Allow the soil to dry completely and allow more time between watering. You can always test the soil before watering. If it is still moist, wait longer to water.
  • insect: If you notice small insects, webs, or damage to your Monstera leaves, you may have common pests such as sap-sucking mealybugs, aphids, scale insects, spider mites, or more. Remove pests with a damp cloth and apply neem oil To the base of the plant.

Other Monstera Deliciosa FAQs

Monstera deliciosa next to the sofa and a dog sleeping on the pillow

Are Monstera poisonous to cats?

Monstera leaves are poisonous to cats, dogs, and humans if swallowed. It’s safest to keep them out of the reach of small children or pets who like to nibble on your houseplants.

Can you propagate monstera?

Monsteras are great plants for breeding. Use clean, sharp scissors to cut a mature leaf or stalk just below its node (where the leaf stem or aerial root meets the stalk). When the cut part has taken a few minutes to dry, dip the cut end in water in a clean vessel. Place the pot in a bright location and change the water weekly. You can also place several cuttings in the same vase for a decorative arrangement or centerpiece. You should see new roots within a few weeks and, after a few months, you can transfer the roots to a pot with soil.

Can I grow monstera outside?

Monsteras can also be grown outdoors USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10-12, which unfortunately does not include most of the continental United States (except areas of South Florida and coastal Southern California). If you live in one of these areas, plant your Monstera in a location with partial, filtered sunlight.

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