A Beginner's Guide to Monstera Plant Care
Common Name: Ceriman, Swiss Cheese Plant, Monstera, Mexican Breadfruit, Delicious Monster
Botanical name: Monstera Deliciosa
Caring for the Monstera Deliciosa is surprisingly easy because it prefers to be left alone. However, make sure you have plenty of room for this unassuming green beauty -- it will grow and grow some more -- and in a few years, you will be thinking, “How did you get taller than I am?” If your Monstera is still young and small, use stakes to support and shape this gorgeous Monstera as it grows. Also keep these large leaves clean to allow photosynthesis to work its magic! If the Monstera deliciosa gets enough indirect light, it will produce fenestrations (natural holes and openings in the leaves) after the first five or six leaves have appeared. Soon after, you will have the iconic Monstera leaves that have taken over the fashion and design world.
Important! Monstera are poisonous if ingested, so be very careful if you have pets and/or small children.
These indoor plants can handle low light, but if you want them to grow faster and produce larger leaves, provide medium to bright indirect light. In a north- or east-facing window, you can place them close to access more sun, or you can keep them out of reach of direct light in a south- or west-facing window. (Learn more about light requirements for indoor plants)
Monstera love a good soaking after the soil has almost completely dried out. Water more often during the warmer months while they are growing, and reduce watering during the winter months, letting the soil almost completely dry out between watering.
The Monstera will grow in most household temperatures, but a temperature between 65-85℉ is ideal. They can survive in temperatures as low as 50℉, but the cold temperature will stop growth.
All species in the Monstera genus benefit from higher humidity levels. The best way to increase humidity is to add a humidifier to your room. Trays filled with pebbles and water can help increase the humidity immediately around your plants, or try grouping your indoor plants closer together. (Learn more about raising humidity levels)
This houseplant likes to be fertilized during their active growing season, so be sure to use either ¼-diluted fish emulsion with iron or ¼-diluted complete liquid fertilizer twice a month. Another option is to top dress your plants in the spring with a compost (like worm castings). This will slowly release nutrients to the roots throughout the growing season. (Learn more about fertilizing indoor plants)
- Rotate your Monstera to promote a full, balanced indoor plant.
- When you are trimming the houseplant, cut under the node (swollen nodule where the leaves and aerial roots form) in order to propagate a new plant!
- Always check the leaves (top and bottom) during your care sessions. Check for unwanted guests (pests and diseases).