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The Great Monstera

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

Monsteras are unique, easygoing houseplants whose dramatic leaves are adorned with dramatic hole formations. Monsteras are vining plants and love to trail over the pot or climb along a stake or trellis. 

They love bright, indirect light, but will be happy under fluorescent lights as well. Monsteras are climbers, so as they grow, they will want to vine out. These impressive plants are also tolerant of the occasional missed watering, making them ideal for inexperienced plant parents.


Monstera plants are known for their distinctive leaf patterns. The slits and holes in Monstera leaves are called fenestrations.

Name: Monstera Adansonii

HOW TO CARE FOR MONSTERA PLANTS LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Your Monstera Adansonii prefers bright indirect light. It can survive in lower light conditions but growth may slow. Keep out of direct sunlight for extended periods, as it can burn the leaves.  

WATER REQUIREMENTS Your Monstera Adansonii likes to dry out to about 75% before it is watered again. Never allow your plant to sit in water or soggy soil, as this can lead to root rot and the eventual death of your plant.  

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE Your Monstera Adansonii will do well in average household humidity, but will benefit from a boost in humidity. Misting, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray are great ways to boost humidity for your plant. 

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE Normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees are great for your Monstera Adansonii. It will not tolerate temperatures under 55 degrees or sudden drops in temperature. Avoid cold drafts and direct air flow from heaters in the winter months.

PLANT FOOD From spring to the end of summer, feed your plant once a month with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.  

TOXICITY Your Monstera Adansonii is moderately toxic to pets and humans and can cause swelling, vomiting, or burning. It is not pet-friendly.

ADDITIONAL CARE These plants love to vine and climb. If you desire, you can train your Monstera Adansonii  to climb up a stake or a wall. Do this by using garden ties or hooks to guide it where you would like.

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