The Monstera deliciosa or also known as “Swiss cheese plant” have been sweeping the nation with its popularity and beauty. This type of plant has been featured extensively in art and design, but looks even more stunning as a plant itself.
Fairly easy to take care, the Monstera is a great addition to any urban jungle. Because of its popularity, there have been a shortage of these plants in nurseries. If you see one, hurry up and snatch it before someone else does!
Quick Plant Bio
Monstera deliciosa is a species of evergreen tropical flowering plant that is a part of the Araceae, the aroid family. The Monstera is one of the aroids that can produce edible fruits, however, it’s very rare that you will see your Monstera to flower or produce fruits indoors. Given its rise to popularity, it has been nicknamed, ‘swiss cheese plant’, because of its natural leaf-holes. There’s a theory that these holes are used to maximize the surface area, and theorfore its ability to capture sunlight on the rainforest floor. Another theory is that the leaves allows tropical downpours to pass through the leaves which helps limit damage to the plants, which can be explained its other nickname: Hurrican plant.
Monstera Deliciosa Care
Water Your Monstera Moderately
Water your Monstera plant moderately and evenly. You’ll probably on require to water them once a week, or when until the soil is fairly dry again.
Don’t let your pot to stand in water as this can cause root rot.
Monsteras thrive in indirect sunlight
These plants love a balance between sun and shade. If the Monstera plant is given too much sun, the leaves will turn yellow. Find a place in your home where there’s no direct and strong sunlight.
Don’t worry, this plant can thrive in almost any environment. You can however give your Monstera some extra treatment by gently misting them once a week. However, we recommend misting them during the morning so the water has plenty of time to evaporate before evening.
Philodendron vs Monstera
There’s often confusion between the Monstera and the Split-leaf philodendron, as they look very similar, but here is an image side by side comparison between the two:
Additional tips with Monstera plants
- Give the plant lots of space – put it in a statement-making spot in the living room, rather than in a tight corner or on a windowsill.
- Your leaves can collect dust – if you notice that your leaves are a bit dirty or dusty, you can wipe the leaves with a damp cloth, but gently dry them to keep them clean and healthy.
- Toxicity – your Monstera leaves and mildly toxic to pets and humans when ingested. Because if you have pets and kids that like to nibble on things. Typically the leaves will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
Why are my leaves turning brown or yellow?
If your leaves are browning, it is due to bright sunlight. Your Monstera is probably in a spot in your home where the sunlight is very strong. Try moving your plant in an area where it’ll get indirect light, but still bright enough.
If your Monstera leaves are turning yellow instead, it is due to the lack of nutrients, which means you may need to add a little more fertilizer to your plant. You may also need to repot your plant due to its growth.
How often should I repot my Monstera plant?
Plants don’t need to be repotted often, however, if your Monstera is outgrowing your current pot, its best to do it early spring, before the start of the growth season.
What are the white spots on my Monstera leaves?
If your Monstera leaves have random patches of white, then it is a certain type of Monstera – Variegated Monstera. Don’t worry, you’re lucky, and you should be able to take care of it like any other Monstera plant.
How do I make my plant grow bigger?
Feed your plant once a month through the spring and summer. This will help with their growth and root health. You don’t need fertilizer during the winter. Give your plant some rest during cooler time of the year.