Monstera

Monstera
Monstera’s feature big (2- foot) leaves that look like they have holes or cuts in them, giving rise to two of its other common names: Swiss cheese and split leaf philodendron. They are the perfect houseplant if you are looking to create a big, bold tropical look. You can keep it bushy with regular pruning if you do not want it to get too viney.

Growing Tips

Watering:

Monstera plants need regular watering- enough to keep the soil from drying out completely. But don’t worry, these plants are fairly drought tolerant, if you forget every now and then it will survive!

Sunlight:

They can grow almost anywhere! The can tolerate low light areas however they will thrive and grow much faster in a bright spot. Avoid strong direct sunlight, this can cause burning on the leaves. 

Temperature:

Monsteras typically like standard indoor temperatures which range from 20 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius and prefer high humidity. 

Plant Food:

Monsteras like to be fertilized once a month the spring and summer with a regular houseplant fertilizer. If you want more growth, you can fertilize it weekly during these months. 

Animal Concerns:

One bite of these beautiful Monsteras can land an animal in severe pain. They produce calcium oxalates like most other plants that can cause vomiting and difficulty swallowing along with intense burning and irritation of the mouth. 

Fun Fact:

Monsteras leaves are grow through a process called "unfurl". It can take a new leaf anywhere from two weeks to a full month to completely unfurl.