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Monstera

Monstera deliciosa

Monstera Plant Features

Monstera may be the perfect houseplant for you if you're looking to create a big, bold, tropical feel in your home. It features big (2-foot-wide) leaves that look like they have holes or cuts in them, giving rise to two of its other common names: Swiss cheese plant and split-leaf philodendron (while monstera is not a type of philodendron, it is closely related to them).

While young, this houseplant has a dense, bushy shape, but as it grows, it wants to vine out. You can keep it bushy with regular pruning, or let it climb up a vertical support (such as fishing line fastened into the ceiling), for a decidedly bold and tropical look.

Monstera Questions?
If you have questions about growing monstera, just send us an email. Our houseplant experts are happy to help.

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Monstera Growing Instructions

Grow monstera just about anywhere in your house! It tolerates low light, but grows faster and becomes more dramatic in a bright spot. In most areas, it can take some direct sun on its leaves when grown in the house.

Water monstera regularly -- enough to keep the soil from drying out. The plant is somewhat drought tolerant, so you don't need to worry about keeping up with the watering all time time. It's a survivor! 

Fertilize monstera a few times in spring and summer to keep it happiest, especially if the leaves start to look light green or pale around the veins. You can fertilize it more regularly -- even weekly -- if you want more growth. Either way, use a houseplant fertilizer and adhere to the directions on the product packaging. 

Note: Outdoors in frost-free areas such as Southern Florida, monstera can climb more than 60 feet and the leaves can grow 3 or even 4 feet wide. When happy outdoors, it produces calla-like blooms that turn into bizarre-looking fruit.  

Monstera is not recommended for human or animal consumption.


  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Indoors: Low light
    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors

    Green

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air
    Super-easy to grow


Complement your Monstera with these varieties:
Ficus
Monstera is a big plant -- and a bold texture like rubber tree makes a great complement.

Snake Plant
Snake plant's spikey, upright texture is a bold contrast to monstera's large leaves.

Money Tree
Grow money tree with monstera for a bold, modern look!