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Monstera Care

Monsteras are unique, easygoing houseplants whose dramatic leaves are adorned with dramatic hole formations. Monsteras are vining plants and love to trail over the pot or climb along a stake or trellis.

How to care for your Monstera

Use these instructions to care for a Monstera. This guide will tell you how to water a Monstera; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Monstera

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LIGHT

Your Monstera can grow just about anywhere in your home! It tolerates low light, but grows faster and becomes more dramatic in a bright spot. That said, avoid strong, direct sunlight because it may burn the leaves.

WATER

Water your Monstera when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

This plant will thrive in almost any environment, but if you want to give it a special treat, gently mist it once a week. It’s best to mist your Monstera in the morning so the water has plenty of time to evaporate before evening.

FOOD

For best results, feed your plant once a month throughout the spring and summer. A little bit of food will go a long way to encourage growth and root health. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter—it’s important to give your Monstera a chance to rest during the cooler time of year.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Large leaves can collect dust. If you notice the leaves are dirty or dusty, wipe the leaves with a damp cloth and gently dry to keep them clean and healthy.

TOXICITY

Monstera leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

See also: Common Issues →

Monstera Adansonii

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LIGHT

Your Monstera Adansonii prefers bright indirect light. It can survive in lower light conditions but growth may slow. Keep out of direct sunlight for extended periods, as it can burn the leaves.  

WATER

Your Monstera Adansonii likes to dry out to about 75% before it is watered again. Never allow your plant to sit in water or soggy soil, as this can lead to root rot and the eventual death of your plant.  

HUMIDITY

Your Monstera Adansonii will do well in average household humidity, but will benefit from a boost in humidity. Misting, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray are great ways to boost humidity for your plant. 

TEMPERATURE

Normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees are great for your Monstera Adansonii. It will not tolerate temperatures under 55 degrees or sudden drops in temperature. Avoid cold drafts and direct air flow from heaters in the winter months.

FOOD

From spring to the end of summer, feed your plant once a month with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.  

TOXICITY

Your Monstera Adansonii is moderately toxic to pets and humans and can cause swelling, vomiting, or burning. It is not pet-friendly.

ADDITIONAL CARE

These plants love to vine and climb. If you desire, you can train your Monstera Adansonii  to climb up a stake or a wall. Do this by using garden ties or hooks to guide it where you would like.

See also: Common Issues →

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What's a Monstera?

Botanical Classification: Monstera Deliciosa

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Monsteras are unique, easygoing houseplants whose dramatic leaves are adorned with dramatic hole formations. Monsteras are vining plants and love to trail over the pot or climb along a stake or trellis. 

They love bright, indirect light, but will be happy under fluorescent lights as well. Monsteras are climbers, so as they grow, they will want to vine out. These impressive plants are also tolerant of the occasional missed watering, making them ideal for inexperienced plant parents.

Fun Fact

Monstera plants are known for their distinctive leaf patterns. The slits and holes in Monstera leaves are called fenestrations.

Pictured Left: Monstera
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Monstera plants love to climb and vine. Don’t be afraid to add support with a moss pole or dowel to keep your Monstera upright.
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Monstera

Lively and wild with large, tropical leaves.
very easy, perfect for beginners, low to bright indirect light
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