How to care for your Monstera Deliciosa

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How to care for your Monstera Deliciosa



DATE:July 16, 2020BY:Little Pilea

One of the hottest houseplant of 2020, Monstera Deliciosa is a tropical plant native to southern Mexico and Latin America region. Its name, as one might guess, comes from the Latin meaning “abnormal” because of its odd-looking, beautiful broad green leaves with natural leaf-holes. It is one of the few aroids which produces edible fruit, hence the species epithet deliciosa. 

LIGHT

Your Monstera Deliciosa prefers plenty of indirect light even though it can tolerate low light and can grow anywhere in your home. However, make sure you don't exposure your plant to direct strong sunlight as it may burn the leaves. We recommend placing your Monstera Deliciosa in a bright spot in your home as sunlight (in a right amount) is beneficial for leaf development. Also your Monstera Deliciosa needs lots of space so place it in a prime spot in your house.

WATER & HUMIDITY

Water your Monstera Deliciosa when the top couple inches of soil are dry. Monsteras prefer peaty, well-draining soil since overly-moist soil can lead to root rot. Your monstera should be ready for a drink about every 7-10 days. Aside from the risk of overwatering, this plant is generally easy to care for and can thrive in almost any environment in your home. If you live in a dry area, your Monstera Deliciosa will enjoy misting (in the morning) once a week.

TEMPERATURE

The ideal temperature for your Monstera Deliciosa is normal room temperature 65°F-86°F. Avoid allowing the temperature to drop below 60°F.

FERTILIZATION

During spring and summer, you can feed your plant once a month to encourage growth and root health. Avoid fertilizing during the winter months as it’s best to let your Monstera rest during the cooler time of year.

TOXICITY

Monstera Deliciosa's leaves and other parts are mildly toxic to both humans and pets.

COMMON ISSUES

My leaves don't split? 

It is likely the leaves are too young. You can easily tell if the leaves has a light green color as well. Normally only the more mature leaves will split and exhibit the characteristic leaf holes and perforations. 

It might also be the case that your Monstera is not getting enough light. Consider moving your plant to a brighter spot in the house.

My leaves and stems turn yellow? 

It is likely due to over-watering, which is a very common issue for Monstera. Make sure you let the top few inches of soil dry out between waterings.

 

Dark brown spots on the leaves?

It is likely due to over-watering and root rot, which is a very common issue for Monstera. Make sure you let the top few inches of soil dry out between waterings.

My Monstera lack new growth?

Normally this is a sign your Monstera is not getting enough light. To encourage faster growth, you can situate your Monstera in good light (normally placing it right in front of a window). 

 

My leaves have brown spots with a yellow "halo" around them?

This is a sign of fungus problem, which normally made worse by excessively wet soil. It is best that you remove any inflected leaves and keep the foliage dry. Make sure that the plant is not overwatered and the pot has proper drainage. 

 

 

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