Monsteras are easily recognized with dramatic swiss cheese hole patterns on its leaf. Monsteras are easy to care for as they can tolerate various lighting conditions and environment.
How to care for your Monstera
Monstera Deliciosa prefers bright indirect sunlight, but they can also tolerate low light environment making them suitable almost anywhere in your home. Avoid strong direct sunlight especially in the afternoon, whereby the leaves could get sunburnt.
Watering can be done when the top 3-5cm of soil is dry. Water thoroughly until water flows out from the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. Water retained in the saucer should be discarded.
High humidity in our local climate ensures the plant will thrive, though if it is under an air-conditioned room, you can increase the humidity by gently misting it occasionally.
Add fertilizer once a month to boost the growth of your Monstera Deliciosa.
Ingestion of Monstera Deliciosa leaves which are mildly toxic to pets and humans may cause mouth and stomach irritation.
Monstera Deliciosa love to be kept clean. Occasionally, you may gently wipe its leaves with a damp cloth to remove any accumulated dust, this will keep it clean and happy!
Monstera Adansonii can tolerate low light though they generally prefers bright indirect sunlight for optimum growth. Avoid exposure to strong direct sunlight during the afternoon which may caused sunburn.
Only water when the top 3-5cm of soil is dry, never let the plant sit in wet soil over time. Overwatering will lead to root rot and the plant will eventually perish.
High humidity in our local climate ensures the plant will thrive, occasional misting and a humidifier will help if the plant is placed in an air-conditioned room with dry air.
Add fertilizer once a month to boost the growth of your Monstera Adansonii.
Not pet friendly, may cause mouth and stomach irritation to human and pets when ingested.
Common Issues for your Monstera
Why are my Monstera leaf yellowing?
It is most important to ensure proper soil moisture is maintained for your Monstera. Monsteras like to have its top layer soil to dry out between waterings. You can check the soil by dipping a finger 3-5cm into the soil prior to each watering. When you water, allow sufficient water to flow through the soil and stop when there is water coming out of the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. You should discard any excess water in the saucer to avoid the plant sitting in water for a long time. Maintaining proper soil moisture is one of the key to a healthy Monstera, when under or overwatered, Monstera will show signs of yellowing and if not rectified may result in the plant perishing.
Native to the rainforest, Monstera thrives with high humidity and moist soil. Yellowing on the leaves may occur when Monstera is placed in a low humidity environment, such as an all day air-conditioned room. You may mist it often to increase the humidity, alternatively use a humidifier to increase the humidity near the plant.
In general, Monsteras can survive under most lighting condition, however they do best under bright indirect sunlight. When there is too little light, Monstera leaves may yellow. Avoid placing it under direct sunlight, especially in the afternoon as it will result in sunburn.
When a Monstera is unhealthy due to improper soil moisture, poor lighting, or nutrient deficiency, it becomes weakened and susceptible to pests infestations. Some of the pests may drain your Monstera dry, resulting in yellowing leaves. It is best to deal with pest as soon as it is discovered, these insects tend to proliferate quickly if left unattended to and will be even harder to remove at that point in time.
It is also part of the natural life cycle of Monsteras to have yellowing leaves when the leave is older. This usually occurs at the bottom of the plant and you will usually find new leaves growing out at the same time. It is completely normal for Monstera to shed its old leaves as it bring forth new growth.
Why are my Monstera leaf drooping?
Extremely dry soil
Monsteras prefer consistently moist soil, allowing the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out between waterings. If the soil happens to dry out completely, Monstera tend to limp and droop as the first signs. You can give it a thorough soak to recover the Monstera under usual circumstances.
Follow these steps to thoroughly soak your Monstera:
- Fill a sink or tub with about 10cm of water, place your pot into the water without the saucer.
- Allow your plant to sit for at least 45 mins while water gets soak up through the drainage hole.
- Check the top layer soil to confirm it is moist, otherwise you may water it slightly from the top.
- Once your plant's soil is thoroughly moist, you may drain the sink/tub and allow the water to drain for a while prior to placing it back on its saucer and back in its usual spot.
Lack of humidity
Native to the rainforest, Monstera thrives with high humidity environment. You may mist it often to increase the humidity, alternatively use a humidifier to increase the humidity near the plant.
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