Monstera Deliciosa Care

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Name: Monstera Deliciosa
Also Known As: Split-leaf Philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, The Ceriman
Natural Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Fertilizer: During growing season

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Care Instructions

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Light

Moderate to Bright Indirect light
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Water

Water when dry

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Humidity

Average to High Humidity

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Difficulty

Easy care plant

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Soil

Well-Draining soil

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Temperature

40 °F – 86°F

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Toxicity

Foliage is toxic to dogs, cats, and humans

Monstera Deliciosa Tips

  • Wipe leaves to improve photosynthesis.
  • Train aerial roots towards soil to access more food and water.
  • Use a moss pole, trellis, or cedar wood to encourage climbing.
  • Support Monstera Deliciosa growth by tying stems to a moss pole or cedar wood.
  • Mist under leaves to increase humidity.
  • Let aerial roots attach to pole to encourage upward growth.

Common Problems

  • Monsteras are sensitive to overwatering. Yellow leaves are a sign of overwatering.
  • Brown leaves are a sign of too much direct sunlight.
  • Monstera Deliciosa can take up a lot of space if it isn’t attached to a pole or trellis.

Fun Facts

  • Monstera Deliciosa can produce fruit. The fruit is shaped like corn and is very acidic until it is ripe. Monstera Deliciosa fruit tastes like banana and pineapple.
  • The leaf fenestration (holes) on a monstera deliciosa have not been officially explained.
  • Mature leaves are larger and have more fenestrations.
  • The monstera deliciosa’s aerial roots have been used to create furniture.
  • Aerial roots can be cut without harming the plant.
  • Growth comes out of each stem’s side.
  • Aerial roots are used to climb structures like trees and moss poles.
  • Monstera Deliciosa’s don’t like sharing space (allelopathy) with other plants in the same pot.

FAQ

How often should you water a Monstera?

Water Monstera Deliciosa when the top third of the soil is dry. Monsteras are drought tolerant so you don’t need to worry if you forget to water for a few days. They prefer lightly moist soil and humid environments.

Why are my Monstera leaves turning yellow?
Monstera leaves turn yellow when they are overwatered or lack nutrients. Reduce watering frequency and provide your monstera with fertilizer at least once a month.
Why is my Monstera droopy?
Monstera leaves become droopy when they need more water.
Should I repot my Monstera?
You should repot your monstera when the current pot is root bound. The best time to repot your monstera is at the beginning of the growth season (early spring).
Can yellow leaves turn green again?
Yellow leaves won’t turn green again. They will eventually turn brown. Remove yellow leaves to focus growth on the healthier parts of your plant.
Can I cut off air roots Monstera?
Monstera Deliciosa aerial roots can be cut off without harming the plant.
Why do Monstera leaves split?
There are multiple theories for why monster leaves split. One reason monster’s have splits and holes is to protect the plant from strong winds. It is also said that the fenestrations help draw water to the roots. Another reason is to provide sunflecks or bits of sunlight to understory leaves.

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