How to care for a Monstera Deliciosa

Known for its lush, green foliage and its ability to grow to a massive size with little maintenance, it's no wonder the Monstera Deliciosa is one of the most common and beloved houseplants in the entire house plant community; it has its own hashtag, #MonsteraMonday.

 

The Monstera Deliciosa plant is native to the Central American rainforest from Southern Mexico to Panama. In the wild, these beautiful plants can take over an entire palm tree and grow quickly. They can be found in broad daylight or hidden in the shade of their host plant, and in typical philodendron fashion, grow long aerial roots that easily propagate if separated from its parent. Known for its beautiful split leaves that can grow to 2-3 feet in diameter, the Monstera truly is a monster of a plant.

Lighting

Bright indirect to medium light, avoid windowsills as they amplify the sun's intensity and create heat that may damage plant.

Sunlight 

Water thoroughly every 1-2 weeks. We recommend adding clay drainage balls to the bottom of the pot, however, avoid overwatering.

Pro-Tip

Monstera needs lots of space; put it in a statement-making spot in your room. This plant doesn't like being overwatered; they love being humid. If you live in a dry climate, give your plant a special treat by misting it in the morning to provide the water with enough time to evaporate before evening. 

Toxicity

Monstera is toxic to humans and animals if ingested. Contact your veterinarian in the event that sap, leaves, or any part of plant is ingested.

Basic Plant Care 

We recommend transplanting after 2-3 year into a vessel 1-2 inches larger using regular potting mix. Clean leaves with damp paper towel every 1-2 weeks to aid photosynthesis and stimulate growth. Check leaves and stalks for pests while cleaning. If pests are found, remove with damp paper towel and use a mild organic pesticide in a spray bottle to coat the affected areas.