The Monstera deliciosa is the quintessential 'indoor plant'. Those large fenestrated leaves scream 'jungle' and their easy-going, low(ish) maintenance vibe (so, not like fiddles), makes them a must have for any Crazy Indoor Plant Person.
With warmer weather around already here, your monstera (and we know you have one ...) will be one of the first of your plant fam to be pushing forward new growth hoping to catch some of those extra rays of morning light that Spring brings. Our plant guide will (hopefully) give you the info you need to get the most out of your M.delicosa aka Fruit Salad Plant / Swiss Cheese Plant / Elephant Ear Plant.
Monsteras are pretty not fussy when it comes to potting media. They'll be happiest in a well-draining, quality indoor potting mix but for best perfomance get yourself an aroid-specific mix. The most important thing to remember is that monsteras prefer to be a little cramped in their pot. They'll grow happily in pretty much any size pot but try to avoid really large pots as it means your plant may put more energy into throwing out new roots as opposed to new leaves. It can also make them more vunerable to root rot as they will have a lot more wet soil.
As with most plants, potting up in the warmer weather (growing season!) is ideal, although these guys are pretty hardy and seem to settle into their new homes at any time of the year, especially if they will be staying indoors.
Overwatering is the danger here - too much water can lead to root rot or blackened leaves so err on the side of caution. Monsteras are tough and if you underwater at first it won't be the end of them. Start by giving them a good drink then holding off until the top few centimetres are completely dry - you'll start to get a good idea of how long it takes for this to happen and before you know it watering will become second nature.
Remember too - don't let water sit in drip trays. Always empty excess water out to avoid root rot and fungal/bacteria build up.
Monsteras will thrive in bright, indirect light. In the wild, these guys will start out on the forest floor and will climb trees to get as close to and as much light as possible. As such, they can tolerate lower light situations but really, in the home, you want to find a bright room, away from direct sunlight - especially that hot afternoon sun as it can burn the leaves.
If you don't have a bright space, its not the end of the world but keep in mind Monsteras grown in lower light won't produce the big foliage they're known for. Their leaves will have less fenestrations (the holes in the leaves) and be smaller.
From here on (Spring) right through to Winter your Monstera will love a fortnightly application of liquid plant food. Cut the feeding out over Winter unless your plant is still actively growing - if this is the case consider diluting to half strenghth and feeding monthly.
- Monsteras are great to propagate - take a cutting from the stem that includes a node. You can stick the cutting in water and wait for roots to develop or think about planting it drectly into potting mix. If there is an aerial root already on the cutting it will take off faster,
- Monsteras can be grown outside as long as they're protected from direct sunlight, winter frost and harsh winds.
- Monsteras are toxic to pets - so if you have a curious furry friend that loves to nibble on your plant fam, plan accordingly. We've covered Plants and Pets here.