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Growing Monstera Indoors

Monstera are species of evergreen tropical vines and shrubs that are native to Central America. They are famous for their natural leaf-holes, which has led to the rise of their nickname, Swiss Cheese Plant. The Monstera’s leaf-holes are called fenestrations and are theorized to maximize sun fleck capture on the forest floor by increasing the spread of the leaf while decreasing the mass of leaf cells to support.

Monstera Plant

Sunlight
Thrives in bright to medium indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun but can be acclimated to withstand it.

Water
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.

Monsteras can benefit from filtered water or leaving water out overnight before using.

Humidity
Normal room humidity will do, but prefers humid conditions if possible.

Temperature
65°F-85°F. It’s best not to let it go below 60°F.

Common Problems
It is an easy-going plant and is generally pest-free. Treat pests as soon as they appear with weekly sprays of horticultural (neem) oil and regular wipe-downs of the plant.

SYMPTOM: Leaves turning brown and crispy at the edges
CAUSE: Thirsty plant, underwatered or high salt build up

SYMPTOM: Wilting plant, dry potting mix
CAUSE: Underwatered or pot-bound

SYMPTOM: Yellowing leaves or black stems, wet potting mix
CAUSE: Overwatered

Precautions
Can be irritating to cats, dogs and humans only if foliage consumed. Fruit is edible to humans. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.

Information courtesy of TheSill.com

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