Updated: Nov 17, 2021
You got your Monstera, Great? Now what?
Here are some care routines to make sure your fabulous newcomer is well taken care of:
Upon arrival: Check the soil when planting it in its new home-pot. The soil should be a bit moist when making sure it is not too dry and avoid overwatering it on arrival. If the soil is still damp, wait until it dries out a bit before the first watering.
Soil and watering: Monsteras prefer lightly moist soil; give enough time for the soil to dry out between watering it again. Monsteras have epiphytes with aerial roots, which means they are sensitive to overwatering and don't want to sit in soggy soil. Top it up with some more water once the ground starts to become dry. If you go a little too long between watering, it perks up nicely once it gets some water. The leaves will begin to look less rigid and may start yellowing if you have nutrient deficiencies or too little water.
Light: Monstera plants are tropical and love the sunlight. Monsteras fair well indoors; with a bit of rotation, your plant can photosynthesize and be happy. However, no light at all will leave your plant in a less favourable position; make sure that some natural light.
Care: Monsteras are more resistant to pests than many other low-light tropicals, but they are prone to thrips and mealybugs. To avoid this, inspect the leaves when dusting or misting the leaves a few times monthly. If the leaves start to curl, it's probably time to get out the spray bottle and spray some more for humidity.
Since monstera plants are climbing plants, you will need to support your monstera vine as it grows. Most people use a moss-covered pole, but you can also use a wooden stake.
Fertilizer: Like most plants, Monsteras appreciate fertilizer. The best part is that Monsteras do not need fertilizer monthly; the optimal times are spring and warmer months. Avoid fertilizing year-round.
Precautions: You will want to keep your Monstera plant away from being ingested by children or pets. It may cause oral irritation, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
Overall: Monsteras are great plants, low maintenance, and just beautiful to look at; they create a unique environment.
We would love to hear from you!
Where do you keep your Monstera plant? What tips have you learned for keeping your monstera healthy?