Monstera plant care tips

Monstera plant care tips

Monsteras are great because they are generally pretty easy to care for! Though there are some nuances for different Monstera variants, these general care guidelines are true.

The most common Monstera, Monstera Deliciosa, is sometimes sold under the Swiss cheese plant moniker. This and most other Monstera types are also great moss pole plants

If you want to keep your Monstera thriving, follow these care tips.

1. Bright but indirect light is best 

Monstera plants thrive in bright, indirect light. This is ideal for most living environments.

Monstera Deliciosa with an XXL moss pole.

Place your plant near a window where it can receive plenty of natural light without being exposed to direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves.

A Monstera will usually warn you of too much light by showing brown scorch marks or crispy tips on its leaves. 

2. Watering just the right amount 

Water your Monstera plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. One of the top mistakes people make with Monsteras is watering it too much, which may seem counterintuitive, but too much water makes the soil waterlogged and heavy, dilutes nutrients, and damages roots. 

Monstera Adansonii roots.

Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important to let the soil dry out between waterings.

In the winter months, reduce watering frequency as the plant's growth slows down.

Using a moss pole and a proper well-draining planter can help you hydrate your Monstera effectively! 

3. Humidity is good for Monsteras

Monstera plants prefer high humidity levels. To increase humidity, you can mist the leaves regularly or place a humidifier near the plant. This will help prevent the tips of the leaves from turning brown.

In relatively humid indoor environments, you may not need anything extra. It depends on your environment.

Monstera Obliqua Peru on a L-Pole. 

4. Keep things warm

Our Monstera Thai Constellation.

Monstera plants thrive in temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C). Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 50°F (10°C) as it can lead to cold damage. On cold winter days it’s best not to take plants outside or transport them. 

5. Fertilising your plant 

Our Monstera Minima on a Barbara.

During the growing season in spring and summer, fertilise your Monstera plant once a month with a balanced liquid fertiliser. This will provide the plant with essential nutrients for healthy growth and vibrant foliage. Using high-quality moss in your moss pole is another way to provide nutrients!

6. Prune for new growth 

Monstera Dubia on its Honeycomb D-Pole.

To encourage bushier growth and prevent leggy stems, prune your Monstera plant by cutting back any overgrown vines. You can also propagate the cuttings to grow new plants.

By following these expert care tips, you can ensure that your Monstera plant remains healthy and thriving in your home. Remember to observe your plant regularly and adjust care routines as needed to meet its specific needs. Here are some moss pole Monstera tips for guidance on how to attach your plant to the plant support. 

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