Monstera is among the favorite plants chosen to decorate houses and apartments.
Monstera essential facts
Name – Monstera deliciosa, false-philodendron
Family – Araceae
Type – indoor plant
Height – 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 m)
Exposure – veiled light
Soil – soil mix
Foliage – evergreen
Care, repotting, watering and exposure, are items to focus your attention to make your monstera even nicer.
It brings joy to all with its elevated ornamental impact and unique foliage.
Follow our advice on caring for monstera below:
Planting and re-potting monstera
Upon purchasing, if the pot is too small, proceed to repot the Monstera so that it may grow adequately.
After that, every year or every 2 years and preferably preferably in spring, repot your monstera plant in a pot of a very slightly larger size.
- Monstera roots hate having too much water.
Double-check that the pot has a hole in the bottom.
Increase drainage with a layer of gravel or clay pebbles along the bottom of the pot, to make water flow through more easily.
- Good soil mix is needed.
The plant, when it lives indoors, needs soil mix because that is the only source for the nutrients it feeds on.
Pruning, and caring for Monstera
If ever your monstera grows too tall, it’s perfectly possible to cut the head off; you can even use this part to produce a cutting.
This plant generally copes quite well with pruning, so you can prune it to your heart’s desire. Trimming will actually rejuvenate your monstera.
Where to place your monstera
The best place to set up your monstera is near a window but not direct sunlight.
You can even set it quite far from any light source because Monstera manages veiled, reduced light well.
- What it fears most is excess sun because it would tend to dry the plant up.
The more light a monstera receives, the more its foliage suffers.
- Absolutely avoid setting it near heat sources such as a radiator, because moisture is what this tropical plant needs most.
Ideal temperatures are around 70°F (20°C).
Regular but moderate watering is called for.
All year long, and especially during summer, spray water on the leaves to recreate the moisture levels of its natural habitat.
In spring and summer
Keep the soil mix a bit moist and check that water drains properly.
Add leaf plant liquid fertilizer every 3 to 4 weeks during the growing phase.
- Spray the leaves on a regular basis, preferably with calcium-free water.
In fall and winter
From November to March, reduce watering and wait for the soil to be thoroughly dry in the surface before watering again.
Stop adding fertilizer.
- Mist the leaves as often as you can, ideally, every day. Always use soft water.
Common diseases that infects Monstera
Most diseases targeting the plant are common indoor plant diseases, red spider mites and scale insects.
Learn more about monstera
A fabulous indoor plant, Monstera is one of the most sold indoor plants, which shows how resilient and easy to care for it is.