monstera plant profile
Monstera has become increasingly popular in the world of houseplants. Monstera care is simple, and our quick and easy Monstera plant care guide gives you a quick overview of what’s involved in taking care of these large, exotic plants!
Native to the jungle, these plants can grow to become enormous in size—up to dozens of feet tall with leaves spanning four feet wide! As a young plant, Monstera resembles a dense bush. As it matures, it develops more vine-like tendencies. Prune older plants regularly to maintain their more youthful look or encourage them to climb vertically up a support, such as a trellis.
how do you care for a monstera plant?
Monstera can grow just about anywhere indoors. It can tolerate low light, grow dramatically in high light, and can even handle some direct sunlight. However, if the plant receives too much light, its leaves may become yellow. This plant is somewhat drought-resistant but prefers to be watered regularly so it doesn’t dry out. During the spring and summer, fertilize once a month
quick care guide
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frequently asked questions
The perforations help to maximize leaf surface area which in turn helps the plant capture sunlight from the forest floor. The split also allows water from tropical downpours to more easily pass through the leaves, reducing damage to the plant.
While it will tolerate almost any indoor lighting condition, it prefers brightly lit areas.
You’ll want to water your plant just enough to keep it from drying out—about once a week.
They are excellent houseplants with the ability to survive in almost any indoor environment. When grown indoors, its size will be limited by the size of the container it is potted in.
Curled or crispy leaves are a good indication that the humidity is too low or the plant has been fed too much fertilizer.
It is recommended to repot in the spring prior to the growth of new leaves. The size of your plant will be limited by the size of the container it is in. These beauties can grow to be HUGE!
Technically, no. There are only two true species of split-leaf philodendrons—P. selloum and P. bipinnatifidum. The confusion lies in that Monstera was formerly classified as a philodendron and, due to its perforated leaves, received the common name of “split-leaf philodendron.” That common name just happened to stick.
Monstera can be propagated in water via stem cuttings. Once sufficient roots have formed—approximately six to eight weeks—move the plant to a soil-filled container.