Also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant. Monsteras are native to the tropical forests of Mexico and South America.
Monty is happy in most light conditions. This makes him a good beginner plant. A medium to bright light will be perfect for Monty but he will grow better in a sunnier spot. Keep Monty away from any direct light, this will burn his leaves. Monty makes for a great Winter plant as he won’t mind the lower levels of sunlight.
Monty is not a big drinker but does like to be watered regularly. Getting the balance may be tricky as he won’t like his soil to completely dry out or be too soggy. Every week check the first 2-3 inches of the soil and make sure it is dry before watering. In the winter time you can reduce his watering schedule to a couple of times a month.
Monty is from a humid climate and will appreciate moisture on his leaves. To replicate his natural habitat you can mist his foliage every 2-3 days or place him in a bathroom.
The perfect indoor temperature for Monty is between 20-30 degrees celsius. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 18°C Monty will be happy.
To promote growth use fertiliser every 4-6 weeks in the months from March-September.
Monty is fast growing and will produce a lot of new growth over the spring and summer months. Repot him every year to give him more room to grow. You can check the bottom of the nursery pot. If you can see his roots sticking out the bottom it's time to repot.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR MONSTERA
Dry or crispy leaf edges -The crispy or dry edges are a sign that Monty is lacking humidity. Increase Monty’s humidity levels by misting his foliage every 2-3 days or move him to a bathroom.
Drooping leaves - Monty prefers his soil to be semi moist without drying out completely between each water. When the soil dries out Monty’s foliage will start to droop and this will indicate that he needs a drink. If the first few inches of soil is bone dry to touch, Monty should be watered thoroughly. Pour out the excess water from his decorative pot or sit him in the bathtub until the water has been properly drained.
Yellow leaves - Yellow leaves often indicate that Monty has been overwatered. You can remove this leaf by cutting the stem at the base of the plant. Reduce his watering schedule especially in the winter months.
Slow growth or no new growth - If Monty’s growth slows down or stops completely, this could be a sign that he needs repotting or that he is not getting enough sunlight. Place Monty in a sunny spot where he can get a lot of indirect light. Every year check the bottom of his nursery pot for signs that he has outgrown his current home.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Monty loves to absorb moisture through his leaves so every couple of weeks gently run a damp cloth over Monty's foliage to get rid of any dust.
Top tip 2: To promote growth use fertiliser every 4-6 weeks in the spring and summer months.