Your Guide To: Monstera

Everything you need to know to care for these delightfully holey houseplants.

Slightly more recognizable by its nickname, the Swiss cheese plant, monstera boasts large, heart-shaped leaves with holes in the middle of them. A fast-grower and a naturally vining plant, monstera will quickly climb or trail its way into your heart.

Easy to care for and fun to observe as its leaves grow more holes over time, monstera is great for a plant novice or collector, or anyone who wants to dial up the intrigue of their interiors. Check out some different monstera species, including adansonii, deliciosa, and obliqua.

How to Keep a Monstera Happy

With stems that definitely have places to go, you’ll want to have a plan for them, whether you want them to climb or trail, or if you prefer to just trim them back.

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How Much Lighting Does a Monstera Need?

Like under the canopies of the tropical jungles they come from, monstera plants thrive in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct light from sunny windows, which can burn and damage leaves.

If your monstera doesn’t seem to be getting enough light, you can add a fluorescent lamp or even a grow light to its environment to help.

How Do I know When To Water My Monstera?

Monstera plants like to be consistently moist. They don’t like to dry out between waterings. Stick your finger in the soil to test. If the top inch of soil is dry to the touch, it’s time to water. If you’d rather take the guesswork (and your finger) out of it, use a plant moisture indicator from our shop.

To water, use a small container or watering can to pour water out slowly, directly onto the soil, moving in a clockwise motion to evenly water the plant’s roots. Monstera plants do best in pots with trays or saucers so you can dump extra water and avoid root rot.

How Do I Use Plant Food for My Monstera?

Plant food is an important part of fostering healthy growth and new leaves as your plant settles into its new digs. Be sure to follow the directions on the package based on the size of your plant and time of year. In fall and winter your plant will grow more slowly, so you don’t need to feed it as often. Yes, even though your plant lives inside, it still experiences the seasons.

What Is a Monstera's Ideal Environment?

Monstera plants really like humidity, but they will do fine in most home environments. Misting your monstera plant a few times a week is beneficial. Running a humidifier in the same room is another way to make this tropical plant happy.

For the best growth, keep it in a room that is warm all year, with a temperature between 65 and 80 degrees. Do keep it away from heating and cooling vents and far enough from windows that its leaves won’t touch cold glass.

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How Do I Prune and Maintain My Monstera?

Your Greendigs monstera plant is fairly low-maintenance. Remember that it likes to climb, so you may want to give it something to climb on or trim it back with a pair of pruning shears if it’s outgrowing its space. Just be sure not to cut the stems by more than 25%, and cut it right below a leaf node. Best to prune in spring, if you’re doing it. Any healthy clippings you prune could be used for propagation.

Each time you water your monstera, rotate the container a quarter turn. This way you’ll make sure it gets the same amount of light on all sides. Our plant trivet set makes this easy and stylish, too.

How to Address Common Monstera Issues

  • Black leaves mean it’s getting too much direct sunlight
  • Yellowish leaves may mean it’s getting too much water.

What to Do If You Still Have Questions

If your monstera doesn’t seem to feel at home in your space, we’re here to help. Chat live with a Greendigs representative on our website or shoot us an email at [email protected].

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