Monstera deliciosa 12"
Monstera Deliciosa is a genus of 45 species of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae. Featuring large glossy green leaves, either with or without fenestrations. Young leaves develop this characteristic over time. 'Split-leaf Philodendron' is not actually a philodendron but a woody epiphytic vine that climbs by aerial roots. This plant can get quite large and sturdy support is necessary to prevent the stems from breaking. Can be pruned to maintain size. Occasionally these plants may have a post or trellis anchored into the pot.
- Light - very bright light/partial sun
- Watering - water well and allow to dry down 2-3."
- Soil - potting mix
- Pruning - to manage growth
- Propagation - by cuttings.
- Toxicity - toxic to pets
Images are used for general reference only. The size and shape of each plant will vary.
Monstera deliciosa, M. adansonii & other Monstera
(similar care is advisable for Rhaphidophora)
Light: Ample bright, or filtered light is preferred. A north- or east-facing window is ideal. Hot, direct sun, such as in a south or west window, can scorch and dry the leaves.
Water: Water thoroughly once the top 25% of soil has dried. Yellowing leaves are usually a sign of overwatering. When kept too dry, the leaves become droopy and slightly curled.
Environment: Native to the American tropics, these plants need warm interior temperatures of at least 65 degrees. Average to high humidity levels are ideal. It is considered somewhat invasive in climates with appropriate temperatures for outdoor growth.
Toxicity: Reported to be potentially toxic
- Monstera plants can grow to heights of 66 ft in trees by climbing with aerial roots. Aerial roots will also hook into the soil for additional support. While you can trim the brown aerial roots, it is not required.
- Monstera have a vining habit. Long stems can be staked for support. Provide a support totem to encourage climbing.
*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting. Printable Care Sheet
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