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How To Care For A Monstera Deliciosa Plant

monstera deliciosa graphic on how to care for a monstera deliciosa plant

Light

How much light should I give my plant?

Give the plant bright indirect light. Low light is tolerable, but some indirect light is best. Direct light might cause the leaves to turn yellow.

Water

Water about once a week with a nice, even watering to get the soil moist. Reduce watering in cooler months. Wait until the soil is fairly dry to water again.

Environment

This plants ideal temperature is 65°F-85°F. Try not to put the plant in an environment below 60°F. The monstera can tolerate normal houseplants humidity, but try to keep it in a fairly humid environment. Mist the leaves to boost moisture in the air.

Growth

This plant can grow up to 65' in the height in it's native conditions, but typically grow to about 2'-3' indoors. Feed this plant once a month from spring-summer to encourage growth. Do not give any fertilizer in the wintertime.

Repotting

Repot the plant once a year in early spring to encourage new growth and provide fresh, nutritious soil before the growing season. Choose a pot one size larger and repot using a well-draining soil, providing a deep watering right after repotting.

Propagating

Choose a stem cutting that has multiple nodes and place in water. Keep in a bright location and change the water frequently. When the roots grow to be about 2" long, repot into fresh potting soil.

Toxicity

This plant is toxic to pets and humans and may cause oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty in swallowing if ingested.

About the Monstera

Botanical Name: Monstera deliciosa
Nicknames: Monstera Deliciosa, Monstera, Swiss Cheese Plant, Split Leaf
Philodendron, Window Leaf, Mexican Breadfruit, Hurricane plant

If you're looking for a bold and trendy houseplant, this is the one for you. It is a tropical vining plant that can get quite large and spread itself dramatically 2' wide in your home. Since they can grow quite large, find an open space in your home to make a statement. The big and bold green leaves will iconically split and create holes and notches in the mature leaves. While the word Monstera means "strange" in Latin, the deliciosa part of the name comes from the pineapple-like fruit it will bloom in it's natural habitat (but you won't see any of this in your home, unfortunately). It is easy to care for and great for beginners with plants. This plant is a great air purifying as it converts CO2 into oxygen during the day.

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