INSIDE : Learn the best practices for how to care for Monstera Plants! Helpful tips for Monstera Plant Care, from watering needs, light requirements, grow big healthy Monsteras.
I read recently that Monstera Plants or Monstera deliciosa is one of the most popular bought plants of 2019 and I am not surprised to learn that because I adore mine! My plant is a little over a year and a half old and he’s done nothing but easily grow and bring me such joy.
There are numerous variations of this plant, my favorite one being the monstera adansonii, the Swiss Cheese Plant.
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I’ve learned a lot about Monsteras over the last year and I’m excited to share some of the important care tips I’ve found out about!
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How to care for Philodendron Monstera plants:
What are the best growing conditions for Monstera plants?
When thinking about How to care for Monstera plants, it may be easier than you may think. They often prefer higher humidity and filtered, indirect light. Too much harsh sunlight can result in scorching, but if it doesn’t get enough light the plant may not develop as many perforations or holes in its leaves. However, I live in the Southwest desert with VERY LITTLE humidity and my plant has done amazing.
Be sure to keep leaves clean and dust-free by wiping with a soft cloth about once a month. And although it’s not required, the plant also appreciates regular misting of its leaves (mine sure does).
How often should you water a Monstera plant?
You should set your monstera on a weekly watering schedule, or whenever the top 1 inch of soil feels dry. However Monstera plants can be somewhat drought tolerant, so you don’t need to worry about keeping up with the watering all the time. And don’t allow the pot to stand in water, as this will cause root rot.
What type of sunlight does a Monstera like?
Place your monstera in a bright location, out of direct sunlight, because they are prone to sunburn. Your Monstera can grow just about anywhere in your home! It tolerates low light, but grows faster and becomes more dramatic in a bright spot.
What supplies might be needed in growing Monstera?
What are other names for Monstera?
Monstera Swiss Cheese plant, Split Leaf Philodendron, Mexican breadfruit, hurricane plant and many others.
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Why do Monstera have holes on some leaves and not on others?
Monsteras are known for their leaf holes. There are many theories about why they have holes. Some think it is to get more water access to their roots. Others think the holes develop to protect their leaves during hurricane force winds. The current theory is the holes are due to lighting conditions.
When should I repot monstera plants?
Monstera plants typically outgrow their current pot about every two years. You can then transplant it to a new pot a few inches larger in diameter and depth than the old one. This also helps with soil nutrition and space for the rapidly growing plant.
If your plant looks slightly wilted despite giving it enough water, there may be lots of roots in the pot, preventing the soil from holding onto moisture long enough for the plant to soak it up. Choose a pot that has plenty of drainage holes.
Basic Monstera Diagnostics:
Why is my Monstera leaving turning yellow?
The most common reason that plants leaves turn yellow is because of moisture stress, which can be from either over watering or under watering. If you have a plant that has yellow leaves, first check the soil in the pot to see if the soil is dry or wet. Either give your Monstera more water or if wet, let him dry out for a week.
Miscellaneous Monstera Care tips:
-Their large leaves can easily collect dust. If you notice the leaves are dirty or dusty, wipe the leaves with a damp cloth and gently dry to keep them clean and healthy. I like giving my plant monthly baths outside with the hose in the warm summer months.
-They can grow up to 30′ tall in their native habitat. But no need to worry, they won’t ever get that big as houseplants.
-Monstera are non-toxic to cats and dogs, so bonus points for the pet parents.
-Aerial roots on a Monstera plant are good and normal. They grow them to help support the plant due to it’s larger size.
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