Monstera Deliciosa

Intro:

Monstera Deliciosa have exploded in popularity recently. It seems like this interesting tropical plant is the subject of many instagram posts. This plant was on the top of my Plant Wish List for so long! It has a beautiful deep green color while its newest leaves are a bright and supple green. As your plant ages its leaves develop these wonderful splits and holes creating a whimsical addition to your jungle.

Light:

These guys are super versatile! They can grow almost anywhere you have space in your house. Like most plants, it can grow in low light conditions but will grow much faster in a brighter location. Too much direct sunlight can burn the leaves so if you set yours in a south facing window just keep your eye on it. 

Watering:

The Monstera Deliciosa is very tolerant where water is concerned. Monitor your soil and when the top inch to two inches becomes dry water your thirsty plant while attempting to avoid wetting the foliage. Your plant can deal with drought fairly well so you don’t have to stress too much about keeping a watering schedule. After you water remove any water that has flowed out of the pot to prevent root rot.

Humidity:

A higher humidity can help your Monstera grow big and strong. A good idea is to gently mist your prized plant once a week. It is a good idea to mist your Monstera in the morning or early afternoon to give plenty of time for all that water to evaporate before evening. Sometimes I put mine in the bathroom and turn the shower on. They get a nice steamy facial before I put them back in their respective locations.

Temperature:

Monstera’s can tolerate a fairly wide range of temperatures. It will do nicely in whatever temperature is comfortable for you and your thermostat. As a typical rule of thumb, plants grow faster in slightly warmer conditions.

Fertilizer:

In the spring and summer you can feed your plant once each month. This will promote growth and healthy roots. There is no need to feed in the winter when it is cooler. This will give your plant time to rest and prepare for the next growing season.

Toxicity:

The beautiful leaves of a Monstera are mildly toxic to humans and our furry family members. If you or your pet eats part of a Monstera Deliciosa, irritation in the mouth and stomach could occur along with possible vomiting.

Bonus:

This plant has big beautiful leaves that are great dust collectors. As you notice dust and dirt, take a damp cloth and wipe the leaves gently to keep them clean. This will allow your plant to efficiently produce all the energy it needs.

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