Monstera Deliciosa Care

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Monstera deliciosa, also known as the “Split Leaf Philodendron” due the unique development of ridges and holes on its more mature leaves, is a species of flowering plant native to the southern Mexico and Panama. Monsteras appreciate a warm, humid environment, a good amount of water and gentle sunlight. If you’re unsure about your lighting conditions, placing the plant 5-10 feet from a well-lit window is the safest bet.

Choose a location away from air vents and drafts where the monstera can avoid dry air. Soft, filtered light and a humid environment will keep your monstera happy.

PRO TIP: Monsteras are climbing plants and love to ascend vertical surfaces. If you want to grow your Monstera tall instead of wide, use stakes to guide its growth upward.

The “deliciosa” part of this plant’s name comes from the pineapple-like fruit it bears in its natural habitat.

Routine Maintenance

Monsteras prefer soil that is consistently, if slightly, moist. As epiphytes with aerial roots, they are sensitive to overwatering. Typically, you shouldn’t have to water your monstera more than once a week. If the top 2 inches of the soil is dry, your plant could use a drink.

PRO TIP: Although typically slow growing, during the spring and summer months you can use an organic fertilizer on your monstera once a month to encourage new growth.

Standard Planter Instructions

Water requirements depend on the tree’s size. To test the moisture of the soil, stick a finger down a couple of inches. If the top inch or two of the soil is still moist then there is no need to water. Wait a few days and check again, when the top few inches are dry, give your plant a drink.

Your fiddle-leaf fig tree’s watering routine will depend on how dry the air is and how much sunlight it receives. We recommend checking moisture levels regularly until you establish a routine with your new plant.

Self Watering Container Instructions

The self-watering planters require a good, solid drenching of the topsoil after they are first placed. This is important, because the roots of the plants need to grow into the reservoir in order to drink from it. Water once a week until the topsoil is moist. TEST: After two weeks, fill the reservoir up half-way, and keep an eye on the indicator. If the indicator goes down, it means the plant is ready for reservoir servicing. If not, be sure to water weekly until it does.

RESERVOIR SERVICING: Once the indicator goes down, do not refill the reservoir right away. Similar to how humans need a breath of air between gulps of water, almost all plants require a drying out period. Ficuses typically appreciate the extra water, so once the reservoir is empty, wait 2-5 days before you refill.

From here on out, you should NEVER topwater the plant. If you water from the top, it can drown the plant. Even if the soil is dry, water only using the reservoir.

Step 1: Top water for two weeks. The indicator will look empty, like the picture above.

Step 2: Fill the reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line.

Step 3: Watch the indicator over the next day or two. If it goes down on its own, it means the roots of the plant have grown into the reservoir. From here on out, ONLY water in the reservoir.

Frequently Asked Questions

Help! My monstera is turning yellow!

  • If your leaves are turning yellow, there are many things that could be causing it. First, try to ensure that your monstera is getting the proper water and light requirements. Yellowing can often be the first sign of overwatering. If these are okay, then there is a chance that your monstera might be rootbound and needs to be potted up. You can tell if it is rootbound once the non-aerial roots become exposed above ground and seem to be swirling around the pot, searching for a new home. Most monsteras need to be repotted up a size about once every 2 years.

My monstera has some browning of the leaves. What do I do?

  • Your monstera might be getting too much light and not enough humidity. While monsteras are from the tropics, these guys thrive below the canopy and don’t need a lot of light. Their leaves will quickly become scorched when exposed to too much sun. If you’re unsure about where to put your monstera, it’s best to place it about 3 to 5 feet from a window. Monsteras also appreciate a good misting to get keep their humidity levels up. For more information visit our lighting guide.

There are brown, leafless growths coming off of my monstera. Is that normal?

  • Yes! These are called aerial roots and are totally normal. In nature, this is what helps give support to the plant and also allows it to climb and reach more light. The roots will not damage walls or surfaces, and you can always prune them if they get unruly.

My monstera isn’t forming slits or holes on its leaves. What’s the deal?

  • This can be caused by many different factors, but generally means your plant doesn’t have ideal conditions. Check in with the amount of light and water it is receiving, and adjust as needed. You can also take your plants aerial roots and put them down into the soil so the plant can absorb more nutrients. Also, your plant will only develop holes on its more mature leaves, so sometimes you just have to exercise patience.

My monstera has gotten way too big. What can I do?

  • Prune it back! These guys are very hearty and can handle a good trim. You can also train your monstera to grow whichever way your heart desires by using stakes and ties.

Can I put my monstera next to the AC / heater?

  • Monsteras are tropical plants that appreciate a humid environment. If conditions are too dry they will drop their leaves. While monsteras will do just fine in an air conditioned apartment, always avoid putting them in the direct line of fire for either AC or heating units. If the leaves are wagging from the air, it’s best to find another spot.

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