Monsteras are easily Instagram’s most hashtagged plant (#MonsteraMonday). They're an easy-to-care-for tropical, and a perfect statement piece. They grow heart-shaped foliage, and some species develop fenestrations, or holes in their leaves, for unknown reasons. Because they reside on the jungle floor in the wild, botanists believe that these holes are an adaptation that allow water to flow to the soil, or to let light through to reach lower leaves. Whatever the mystery, we're here for it.
Place in medium to bright indirect light. Avoid direct light, as this can scorch the leaves.
Water once a week or when the top 2-3" of soil feel dry to the touch. You can err on the drier side in colder months. Leaves will droop when they're thirsty, but will perk up shortly after watering if you don't wait too long.
Use diluted plant food once a month in the spring and summer. Avoid plant food in the fall and winter when the plant goes dormant. If you've recently repotted, wait ~6 weeks before feeding.
These plants are toxic when ingested, so keep out of reach of pets and small children.
Care instructions are usually consistent for all monsteras, but we always recommend researching your specific plant to make sure you get it right the first time.
These trendy plants are climbers in nature. They use aerial roots to cling to bark and branches, and climb upward towards the sun in search of more light. We recommend planting yours with a moss pole or wooden plank to avoid it growing outward and drooping down and out to the floor. Encouraging it to climb up will not only help the plant grow neat and tall, but will save you space (for more plants) in the long run.