Master the Art of Growing and Maintaining Monstera Deliciosa With These Tips
Are you convinced you have a black thumb when it comes to plants? Or have you ever admired a plant and thought to yourself, "I wish I could keep that alive"? Don't worry; we've all been there!
Say hello to the Monstera Deliciosa, aka the Swiss Cheese Plant, which is forgiving to even the most neglectful plant parents. This tropical beauty is known for its large, glossy leaves and unique hole-filled patterns. And will definitely make a statement in any room.
In this article, we'll give you some tips and tricks to help you become a pro at growing and maintaining your Monstera Deliciosa. You will finally have a plant in your collection that will make your friends green with envy.
Quench Your Plant's Thirst with these watering tips
A common mistake many plant parents make is overwatering their plants. And Monstera Deliciosa is no exception! This plant likes its soil moist but not waterlogged. You must check the top inch of the soil before watering again.
Bonus tip: Use room-temperature water to avoid shocking the roots. And if you've neglected your plant and the leaves have started to turn yellow, don't panic! Cut back on watering and let the soil dry out completely before watering again.
Let the Sunshine In
Your Monstera plant likes bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can scorch its leaves, so be careful. On the contrary, its leaves may droop and lose their vibrancy if it isn't getting enough light.
Bonus tip: Give your plant a quarter turn every few weeks to ensure even light distribution. You can also consider using a sheer curtain to filter the light and prevent leaf burn.
The Sweet Spot For Temperature and Humidity
This plant is a tropical beauty and likes warm, humid environments. Keep your Monstera Deliciosa in a room between 18-29°C with 40-60% humidity levels.
Bonus tip: Place a pebble tray filled with water near your plant to increase humidity levels, or use a humidifier. And if you've exposed your plant to chilly temperatures, move it to a warmer room and keep it away from drafts.
Creating the perfect soil mix for your Monstera Deliciosa is like making music. Learn which ingredients to use and how to fertilize your plant without overdoing it. The Monstera Deliciosa likes a well-draining soil mix, so use a combination of peat moss, perlite, and potting soil.
1. Fertilize your plant once a month during the growing season (spring and summer).
2. In case of burnt leaf tips due to over-fertilizing, flush the soil with plenty of water to remove excess fertilizer.
3. Consider using a slow-release fertilizer to simplify your fertilization routine.
Keeping Your Plant In Shape
Regular pruning is necessary to keep your Monstera Deliciosa healthy and prevent it from getting too leggy. Use clean, sharp pruning shears to trim any dead or damaged leaves, as well as any stems that have become too long.
Bonus tip: Propagating your Monstera Deliciosa is easy! Just cut a stem with a node and place it in water until it roots. Then, transfer it to a pot with soil.
With these tips and tricks, you're well on your way to becoming a Monstera Deliciosa master! But before you go ordering this plant from an online nursery, remember that each plant is unique. And it may take some trial and error to find the perfect balance of care. Don't be afraid to experiment and learn along the way. And, as always, give your plant some love and attention, and it will reward you with its tropical charm.