I’m back with another edition of PS Plant Lady! So far we’ve talked about how to care for pothos plants, spider plants and snake plants and today we’re talking all about one of my new favorites, Monstera Plant Care!
Like most plants, the Monstera has a ton of different names most commonly Monstera Deliciosa and the Swiss Cheese Plant! When you see the leaves of these plants, you’ll understand why it can get the name “swiss cheese”.
You’ve probably seen these plants all over and may have not even realized it. They’re on art, pillows, wallpaper and more! We have a monstera print in my office and fake monstera leaves in our living room and I love them all. The wild, fun look of the mostera leaves is just too hard to pass up.
MONSTERA PLANT CARE MUST KNOWS
How Often Do You Water a Monstera?
I typically water mine about once a week, assuming it needs it. The best trick is to stick your finger in the soil – if the top few inches are dry go ahead and water it. If it’s still a little wet, leave it alone for a few days before check it again!
Ideally Monsteras do best in pots with drainage holes (like most plants) but I currently have one in a pot without drainage holes and it’s thriving! Each plant is different, though, so start with a pot with drainage holes if you have one.
Fertilize your monstera once a month during spring and summer but stop in the fall and winter.
HOW MUCH LIGHT DOES MY MONSTERA PLANT NEED?
Monstera do best with filtered, indirect light. We have ours near a east facing window that gets light through a curtain. We’ve had it for months now and it’s doing amazing!
Be careful not to give your monstera too harsh of sunlight or the leaves can get scorched and turn yellow. Alternatively, if they don’t get enough light the leaves will start reaching towards the darkness (something that apparently happens in the jungle!).
OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Monsteras need a lot of room. Don’t try to crowd them in a corner in a high traffic area. We had ours near our dogs kennel for a while and as it grew the leaves got damaged from the dog and kids walking past it so often. Give it ample space (or trim it often) to help it stay healthy and looking beautiful.
Monsteras are natural climbers so you can add a small trellis or pole or stick near your plant for it to climb.
Ideally repot your monstera about every 2 years unless you don’t want it to grow much more. If that’s the case, consider propagating it (and gifting the freshly rooted clippings!
One thing to note is if you have a dog or cat, be warned that according to the ASPCA, these are toxic to dogs and cats.
HOW DO I PROPAGATE A MONSTERA PLANT?
I recently propagated my monstera by stem cuttings. I like to try out methods first before sharing them with you all so I can actually know what I’m talking about! 😉
This was seriously the easiest and quickest process. Basically all you need to do is cut the bottom of a stem of a healthy (but not too large) leaf. I tried to do a couple that had 3 leaves on them.
After you cut it you’ll likely lose one of the leaves depending on where it is cut. Simple fill up a vase or pot with some water and put them in! You could also put them directly in soil instead of doing water. I personally like to see the roots grow before potting it. They way I know they’re actually going to survive once I put it in a pot!
Mine grew roots in just a few weeks so it’s a super quick and easy process. There are other methods which you can see here if you want to check them out.
And there you go!
I hope this post helps you know everything you need to know about Monstera Plant Care so you can add one to your home! They’re a very easy plant that create quite a statement in your home. I highly recommend them!
If you want more plant posts, be sure to check out my 7 amazing low light plants – especially if you think you have a black thumb!
As always, thanks for reading and sharing!