Caring For Your Monstera Deliciosa

The Monstera Deliciosa was the staple household plant in the 70s, and it is arguably even more popular today. This plant is native to Mexico and Central America and is known for its beautiful split leaves. It is also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant because of the holes in the leaves, aka fenestrations, that are formed as the plant ages. These fenestrations will not form on leaves that have already unfurled without holes. You will know if your new leaf will have fenestrations as it unfurls.

What Kind of Sunlight Does My Monstera Like? Monstera Deliciosas prefer dappled sunlight. Dappled sunlight is where the sunlight is filtered through leaves of other plants. This sunlight mimics the environment of its natural habitat, in the tropical rainforest. These plants can tolerate low light, but thrive best in dappled light. That being said, they cannot tolerate bright direct sunlight, as that will cause the leaves to burn and create brown patches on them.

How Often Do I Need To Water My Monstera? I would suggest watering it every week or so in summer months and every two in wintertime. If you aren’t sure if it needs to be watered, check the moisture level wither with a moisture meter or your finger. With the finger method, if the top 2 1/2 inches of the soil are dry (if no soil sticks to your finger) then it is time to water your plant!

Do I Have to Fertilize My Monstera? You don’t have to fertilize it, but it is highly recommended in its growing season of summer. I use a liquid seaweed extract fertilizer and mix it with water. After using the fertilizer, I noticed a huge increase in leaf production!

How Do I Prune The Leaves? It is normal to have yellowing leaves towards the bottom of your plant. Those don’t mean your plant is dying, they’re just old leaves. When you see these yellowing leaves, you should trim them so that your plant uses its energy on producing new leaves instead of trying to support dying ones. When cutting off dead leaves, cut it at the base of the stem. If you are pruning leaves to propagate, make sure to cut them below a node, which is where new growth will sprout!

My New Leaves Don’t Have Holes That’s okay! Not all Monstera leaves have holes, aka, fenestrations. Young Monstera plants will still produce leaves without fenestrations. The older the plant gets, the more fenestrated leaves it will have.

Below, is the process of a few of my Monstera leaves unfurling!

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