Monstera Deliciosa Information
Monstera deliciosa are species of tropical vines from the Araceae family, and they are native to Central America. They are known for the natural forming holes in their leaves, which has led to the popularity of its nickname as the Swiss Cheese Plant. They hole slowly grow towards the leaf edge, and open up to form a complete split when the leaf matures.
In the wild a Monstera deliciosa produces a fruit that is edible to humans (not pets/animals), however when kept indoors it is rare that the fruit is produced. In its home in the jungle, a Monstera can grow to be enormous, often dozens of feet tall with leaves that spread out almost two feet wide.
The rainforest is lush, and that lets the Monstera grow up the sides of trees. With its ability to climb, adding a small trellis or pole to the pot would help support it and let it reach higher.
Monstera Quick Facts
Monsteras are easy to care for:
- Water them once a week
- Make sure the room gets sunlight
- Great for: living rooms, dining rooms, kitchen, and bathrooms with light
- Perfect at work: from cubicles, to corner offices and board rooms
- No direct bright sunlight
How to Take Care of a Monstera Deliciosa
Sun: Monsteras do best in bright and medium indirect sunlight - a room with a window will do just fine. Monsteras can not usually handle direct sun - the leaves will let you know if they got too much sun by turning yellow.
Water: Every 1 to 2 weeks. Be sure to let the soil dry out in-between. If your monstera is in a sunny location you will have to water it more frequently. Leaves will have brown spots appear if the monstera needs watering more frequently.
Humidity: Average household room humidity will do just fine, but monsteras love humid conditions like bathrooms.
Temperature: 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 30°C).