How to care for: Monstera (Cheese plant)
The Monstera Deliciosa is great for homes and office spaces. Their leaves are eye-catching and add an exotic feel to the place. Monstera plants are easy to care for. The plant can get massive what makes it a statement wherever you place it. You can also know the Monstera by the name of Swiss Cheese plant.
Water once a week
How do you take care of a Monstera?
It is best to place the Monstera on a location with medium bright light to partial shade. Too much light will cause the leaves to turn yellow. The Monstera prefers a spot that's spacious. Don’t forget to turn the Monstera! The plant grows towards the sun. If you do not rotate the plant will only get full on one side and that is what you want to prevent.
Monstera plants prefer a balanced level of moisture, not too wet nor too dry. Therefore, the best way to check if your plant needs water is to check the top centimetres of the soil. If it's dry, then you can water the plant. Watering once a week during the year is fine. It's better to skip a watering than to water too much. Overwatering can cause the roots to rot.
The Monstera uses a lot of energy from spring onwards to make new leaves. As a result, the plant needs extra nutrients. You can provide these nutrients by plant nutrition. We recommend giving plant nutrition once weeks from spring until autumn. After autumn and in winter it is better not to give extra nutrients. In the winter, plant nutrition can actually be harmful for the Monstera!
Repotting the Monstera is necessary every year. The plant is a fast grower, so its roots soon become too tight in the pot. We recommend repotting the Monstera immediately after purchase. Repotting the plant every year gives it new nutrients and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.
The Monstera is very air-purifying plant. This is mainly due to the long leaves of Monstera. The long leaf surface gives the plant extra stomata. The Monstera uses these stomata to convert CO2 into oxygen during the day. And that is always good. For you and your home.
Is a Monstera toxic?
The Monstera can be toxic. Because this plant is poisonous, it is good to keep your pets and children away from it. This toxicity comes from the calcium oxalate crystals which can irritate the inside of the mouth or even cause vomiting. If the symptoms are severe, consult a doctor.
Diseases and peculiarities
In general, the Monstera does not suffer a lot from diseases and vermin. The most common for the Monstera is the mealy bug. This can be treated with pesticide. However, it is wise to keep a close eye on the leaves of a Monstera.
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Frequently asked questions about the Monstera
Why does my Monstera get brown spots on its leaves?
Brown spots on leaves are usually a sign of burning due to too much light. In this case, move the plant to a place where there is less sunlight. Affected spots will unfortunately not turn green again. You can choose to cut off affected spots or leaves.
Why are the leaves of my Monstera turning brown?
If several of the Monstera's leaves turn brown, this may indicate a water deficiency. In this case it is advisable to give the plant more water.
Are only a few of your leaves brown? Then this can also be a natural process. Plants often let older leaves die off so that there is more room and energy for new leaves.
Why are the leaves of my Monstera turning yellow?
Yellow leaves are often a sign of too much water. In this case, give your plant less water. You can remove the affected leaves so that the Monstera does not put any energy into these yellow leaves.
How big can the Monstera get?
Monstera's can grow up to 6 metres tall. To reach this height, however, Monsteras need a moss pole. Without a moss pole the Monstera will grow mainly in width.
What to do with aerial roots of Monstera?
You can leave the aerial roots on your Monstera, as they are. There is no right or wrong! If you feel that the aerial roots of the Monstera are getting too long you can shorten them with a knife or scissors.
Can you propagate a Monstera?
Yes, you certainly can. Check out our tips on how to propagate the Monstera.