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I’ve been collecting houseplants for a while, and the Monstera Deliciosa is one of my favorite plants. It’s easy to propagate, take care of, and it just thrives. And, did I mention how stunning it is? AND this has to be the trendiest plant of the moment.
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Monstera Deliciosa Overview
The Monstera Deliciosa, also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, is a flowering plant native to the tropical forests extending from Southern Mexico to Panama.
Water and Temperature Requirements
The Monstera Deliciosa thrives in temperatures around 65-85F. I keep mine around 70F-75F! Any lower than 50F could cause damage.
To keep your Monstera happy, you should not overwater. When it comes to Monstera Deliciosa, you should water it when the soil is dry. If the soil passes the two-inch soil test, give your plant some water. Watering your plant can range from once a week or once every couple of weeks, depending on the season.
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Since, this plant comes from a tropical environment, keep an eye on the humidity level in your home. During the winter, I place my Monstera in the shower room once a week to help increase the humidity of the plant. Trust me, it will thank you!
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Light and Soil Requirements
Monsteras can live just about anywhere in your home, but this plant prefers medium to high indirect light. If you want your Monstera to thrive, set it in bright indirect light. I’ve moved twice with my monstera now. It’s been in a south-facing window as well as a west-facing window! It did well in both!
From my experience, I have found that a mixture with regular soil mix as well as some peat moss add-in works best. You want your soil to be a combination of well-draining and not letting the soil get soggy when you water.
Where to Find a Monstera Deliciosa
If you want a Monstera, there are a few options for you. If you’re lucky enough live in the warmer part of the states, you might have a local plant nursery nearby so I would check there first. The benefit of buying local is your ability to see and inspect the plant. Bringing home a damaged plant or receiving a damaged plant is never fun. In more of the northern regions, you might need to wait for gardening season to find them.
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Don’ts of Monstera Deliciosa
Now, I know I just told you about how easy it is to keep a monstera deliciosa happy there a few don’t of having a monstera.
To keep your Monstera happy, consider the following
- Avoid cold drafts (window drafts in the winter)
- As stated above monsteras need to be kept at a temperature 65-85F. Anything below 50F could cause some damage. I lost mine to this… I’m in the process of propagating to save it.
- Avoid heat drafts (such as vents).
- Avoid heat drafts such as vents because they cause the air to become drier. And as stated above monsteras like a more humid environment.
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Too much sunlight will cause leaves to burn and turn brown in the burned spots. You can see sunlight damage on one of the leaves pictured above.
- Do not overwater
- If you continually overwater. Your monstera will develop root rot and it’s going to be extremely hard to revive. You’ll like need to propagate to save it.