Who hasn’t seen this beauty? It’s all over paintings, pillows even t-shirts.
But what is this mysterious beauty? Monstera native to Central America are of the evergreen tropical species of vines and shrubs. These large plants are also part of the Araceae family of “air plants”. Since when in wild they typically grow on top of other tree trunks or plants.
Since most Monstera Deliciosa are now indoor plants they aren’t able to produce the beautiful edible fruit or flower that they can produce if grown outdoors.
Famous for their holes these large plants are usually called the “Swiss-Cheese Plant” They’re two main species of Monstera – Monstera Deliciosa and Monstera Adansonii .
The M. Adansonii is distinguished from M. Deliciosa by having longer, tapering leaves, as well as having completely enclosed leaf holes.
M. Deliciosa leaf holes eventually grow towards the edge and open up as they mature.
Thrives in bright to medium indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun but can be acclimated to withstand it – especially if grown outdoors
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Increase frequency with increased light.
Normal room humidity will do, but prefers humid conditions if possible. Mist with water for added humidity
65°F-85°F (18°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 60°F (15°C). Remember it’s a tropical plant!
It is an easy-going plant and is generally pest-free. Treat pests as soon as they appear with weekly sprays of horticultural (neem) oil and regular wipe-downs of the plant.
SYMPTOM: Leaves turning brown and crispy at leaf edges
CAUSE: Under Watered or high salt build up (Try using boiled tap water if you don’t have access to filtered water, to remove minerals)
SYMPTOM: Wilting while potting mix is dry
CAUSE: Under watered OR pot-bound. Trim leaves or re-pot if watering doesn’t fix the wilting.
SYMPTOM: Yellowing, with bright yellow leaves and/or black stems while potting mix is wet.
SYMPTOM: Leaves curling, but still green
CAUSE: Rootbound, underwatered. Overwatered if accompanied by yellow leaves. Possible cold shock.
Irritating to cats, dogs, and humans only if foliage consumed. The fruit is edible to humans. The best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.