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Native to South America, the Monstera is one of the easiest tropical evergreens to care for. Almost a year ago, on my journey to plant caring, its the first plant I bought.
The two most popular monsteras are the deliciosa and adansonii.
The difference between the two plants relies on their leaves. The deliciosa has holes that grow near the edge of the leaf and has typically large leaves. The adansonii has enclosed holes on petite size leaves.
Both plants are also known as “swiss cheese plants” because of the holes present on the leaves.
Is the Monstera a good indoor plant?
This plant is an excellent plant to have for a beginner. It’s easy to take care of, and the Monstera is not a fussy plant. It’s an extremely tolerating plant. It can survive on low light and with little water, even if it’s not the ideal setup for the plant to grow.
How much light and water does a Monstera need?
This plant thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. It should be located in a room with big windows. Typically, the Monstera needs at least 6 hours of sun daily.
You should water your plant every week to two weeks and let it dry out in between waterings. To make sure it’s dry enough, the top layer (2 inches) should be dry before watering again. In the summertime, you might need to water it more often. The amount of water the plant needs depends on how much light it gets.
Given this plant is tropical, it likes humidity. You can mist it once or twice a week to help her grow happier with a humidifier.
Whats the perfect soil for your Monster?
The best soil you can use for your Monstera is the peat moss, known to have better absorption and increase nutrient retention, which is great for a plant that likes humidity and being a bit wet.
I will be repotting my Monstera very soon for the spring and will be trying a new potting mix, let me know in the comments if you would like to know my new mixture and if it worked?
During spring and summer, you can add a bit of fertilizer to encourage growth. The best ones for the Monstera are the 20-20-20. I use this one from amazon that has been working nicely with the majority of my plants.
The commun problems Monsteras faces.
|Leaves turning brown||Your plant is probably dehydrated.|
|Wilting plant||Your plant could have outgrown its pot and should be repotted as soon as possible.|
|Leaves turning yellow||Your plant is overwatered and you should let it dry out. To avoid this make sure your pot has good drainage.|
Is the Monstera toxic to humans and pets?
The leaves are known to be quite toxic and should never be ingested by pets or humans.
This past year I have been doing a lot of research on plants and how to take care of them and it’s something I’m quite enjoying. A will be writing more plant content in the near future so let me know which plant you wish for me to cover!
Until next time,