Monstera are species of evergreen tropical vines and shrubs that are native to Central America. They are famous for their natural leaf-holes, which has led to the rise of their nickname, Swiss Cheese plant. The Monstera's leaf-holes are called fenestrations and are theorized to maximise sun fleck capture on the forest floor by increasing the spread of the leaf while decreasing the mass of leaf cells to support.
Thrives in bright to medium indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun but can be acclimated to withstand it.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Pro tip: Monsteras can benefit from filtered water or water left out overnight before using.
Normal room humidity will do, but prefers humid conditions if possible. Consider incorporating a humidifier to boost humidity level indoors.
Most houseplants prefer temps in the 65°F-85°F range (18°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 60°F (15°C).
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
Yellowing leaves is most commonly caused by over watering. Monstera plants like their soil to remain damp but not wet. You should water your plant when the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry. When watering your plant it is also important to discard any excess water in the saucer so your plant does not sit in water.
Why are my leaves limp and droopy?
Droopy leaves are generally a sign under watering. Monsteras like their soil to remain consistently moist, so it is important to maintain a consistent watering schedule. You should water your Monstera when the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry.
Why are my leaves brown and crispy?
If a Monstera is exposed to too much direct sunlight this can cause the foliage to burn. However too little light can result in yellowing leaves and slow growth. It is best to place monstera plants in low to bright indirect light.