Monstera (monstera deliciosa) is a tropical plant that is native to the rainforests of Central and South America. The name “monstera” comes from the Latin word for “monstrous,” which is fitting given the plant’s large, unique leaves. Monstera plants are popular houseplants, and they are relatively easy to care for. With a little bit of effort, you can keep your monstera healthy and happy for many years to come. Here are some tips on how to care for your monsteras:
1. Light: Monster prefer bright, indirect light. If you can’t provide bright light, it’s better to err on the side of too little light rather than too much. Too much sunlight can scorch the leaves and cause them to turn yellow.
2. Water: Monsteras like to be kept moist, but not soggy. Water your plant when the top inch or two of soil is dry.
3. Humidity: Monsteras prefer high humidity, so misting them regularly or setting them on a pebble tray can help to keep their leaves from drying out.
4. Fertilizer: Feed your monstera every other week during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertilizer. During the winter, you can reduce the frequency to once a month.
5. Pruning: You can prune your monstera if it starts to get too big for its space. Simply cut the stems back to the desired length, and the plant will quickly bounce back.
How does monstera grow
Repotting: You will need to repot your monstera every two or three years as it grows. Be sure to use a pot that is only one size larger than the current pot, as monsteras prefer to be slightly pot-bound. With a little bit of care, your monstera will thrive and bring you years of enjoyment.
Where to place your Monstera
When choosing a spot for your Monstera, pick an area in your home that gets bright, indirect light. Monsteras can tolerate low light levels, but their leaves will become smaller and they may stop producing new leaves if they don’t get enough light.
East- or west-facing windows are ideal, as the plant will get morning or afternoon sun without being in direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves. If you don’t have a bright spot in your home, you can also grow monsteras under fluorescent lights.
How to water your Monstera
Monsteras like to be kept evenly moist, but they don’t like to sit in water. The best way to water your plant is to let the top inch or two of soil dry out before watering again.
If you’re unsure whether your plant needs water, stick your finger into the soil. If it feels dry several inches down, it’s time to water. If it feels damp or moist, wait a few days and check again. Over-watering is one of the most common causes of problems with monsteras. If your plant starts to yellow or drop leaves, it’s likely that you’re watering it too much. Let the soil dry out completely, then start watering again using the finger test to make sure you don’t overdo it.