The Monstera, officially named Monstera Deliciosa has been a favorite among plant lovers for centuries. Learn more about why this plant is a must-have for all plant collectors.
About the plant
The Monstera is a member of the Arum family and is naturally found in Panama and southern Mexico. The plant’s full name, Monstera Deliciosa translates to Delicious Monster, and for good reason! The fruit when eaten ripe, is a delicious, exotic-tasting delicacy. When eaten before this, the same fruit can cause severe throat burns and irritation. In some areas, the Monstera is cultivated for its fruit like pineapples and bananas. (Before you check your own Monstera, note that it is highly unlikely for homegrown Monsteras to grow fruit as the plant needs a very specific environment to do so!)
The Monstera’s signature leaves go through an evolution as they grow. When the plant is young, it has small whole leaves that are glossy green and shaped like hearts. As the plant grows older, the leaves get bigger and start to develop the signature splits and holes the Monstera is known for.
As an indoor plant, the Monstera thrives in abundant indirect, filtered sunlight, similar to her natural environment in the rainforest. Take care to keep her out of direct light as it can scorch her leaves.
This plant prefers soil that is peaty and well-draining to avoid root rot. She requires moderate levels of watering and does not like her roots to be wet. It’s important to check the soil by either sticking your finger in about two inches or using a moisture meter. Take care to water slowly and evenly from the top. Allow the water to absorb for about 5 minutes and tip out the excess water.
Although Monsteras can tolerate a drier environment with proper watering, the plant thrives in high humidity. In dry climates, give your plant a mist every morning or invest in a humidifier to keep humidity levels high.
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