Name: Monstera Deliciosa
Also Known As: Split-leaf Philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, The Ceriman
Natural Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Fertilizer: During growing season
Water when dry
Average to High Humidity
Easy care plant
40 °F – 86°F
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.