Variegated Monstera Care


PRO TIP: Rotate your plant once a month to keep it standing straight and tall. Monsteras can become unbalanced a with denser foliage on one side of the plant if they aren’t rotated regularly.

Monstera deliciosa, also known as the “Swiss Cheese Plant” 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.

The Variegated Monstera has similar care to that of solid green monstera deliciosa. The main difference is the white portion of the variegated monstera leaves cannot absorb light, so it needs to work twice as hard to photosynthesize. Therefore low light conditions are not ideal, keep your variegated monstera in bright ambient light and it will be very happy. Choose a location away from air vents and drafts where the monstera can avoid dry air.

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. 

If you are unsure of the lighting conditions in your home of office, we have a guide for how to measure light in your space.

Varigated Monstera Leaf

Routine Maintenance

PRO TIP: If the tips of your Monstera get brown, you don’t need to cut the whole leaf off. Rather, you can trim off the brown material following the organic shape of the leaf.

Water your plant when you first receive it, but it is important not to give too much or too little water. 1 liter is a good place to start.

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.

For general upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth.

Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your Variegated Monstera and its watering needs and you will have a long and happy relationship.

Standard Planter Instructions

There are two types of standard planters offered by Greenery NYC, those with drainage holes, and those without. Within those two categories are an array of sizes and styles to choose from. All these factors play a role in the quantity and frequency of water given to your plant.

Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole, have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not to pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil.

For plants with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray. Empty the catch tray before returning the plant back to its location.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it. Refer to the routine maintenance section for moisture requirements.

Self Watering Container Instructions

The self-watering planters require a good, solid watering 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. Follow the standard planter instructions for the first four weeks until the reservoir is ready to be tested.

TEST: After four weeks, fill the reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line. If the indicator goes down over the first few days, it means the plant is ready for reservoir servicing. If not, be sure to continue top watering for a few more weeks, until the plant starts drinking from the reservoir.

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.  Monsteras appreciate not having their soil dry out completely, so once the reservoir is empty, wait 5-7 days before you refill. Always allow for the reservoir to empty all the way, and after the drying out period, be sure to fill it until the indicator reaches the MAX line.

From here on out, you should NEVER topwater the plant. If you water from the top, it can drown the plant. In the Self Watering Container, the top layer of soil will eventually become extremely dry and hard, and may even pull away from the edges of the pot. This is not a cause for concern, but simply because the plant is drinking directly from its roots in the water reservoir.

Frequently Asked Questions

Help! The edges of my variegated monstera are turning brown.

  • This could be either from not enough light, or salt build up in the water. Because the white portion of the leaves cannot aid in photosynthesis, it may require a higher light position.In addition it’s best to let the tap water sit out, uncovered for 24 hours before you water the plant.Many of the minerals and chemical will evaporate and could help stopping the brown tips from occurring.

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.

There are these weird, leafless brown 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.

How fast will my plant grow?

  • The growth of your plant depends on its access to light and water. Monsteras are typically more fast growing than other houseplants. In ideal conditions, with bright indirect light and consistent moisture, Monsteras can gain 1′-2′ per year. Keep in mind that the growth pattern is wide rather than tall.

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?

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

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