House Plant care: Monstera

House Plant care: Monstera

By Vijay Krishna

House Plant care: Monstera

Pulled in by its fascinating leaf patterns, you may embrace one of these without perceiving the "monster" inside. Despite the fact that it might look decent, (Monstera deliciosa) is a aggressive plant with extremely huge leaves. In spite of the fact that the mainstream clarification for the fenestrations (openings and cuts) in the plant's leaves is to prevent damage from strong winds and downpour, research has indicated that the

variation is, actually, a light-capturing system—like making a net with greater gaps to cover more area with less material.

Monstera in a contemporary setting

Sustaining the Plant:

If you are placing the monstera at a distance from your window, it's possible that you are starving it gracefully and not killing it.

If the plant is thirsty enough, you shouldn't get any water running down to the bottom of the pot, where it may linger for weeks. Be prepared to cut off older leaves as they yellow—this is the plant abandoning them as the food reserves are depleted without being replenished.

New growth will be small and weak, and if the soil is too moist, it may have dark brown tips. Weak plants are also more susceptible to illness, and if your plant was acquired fresh from the nursery, it will grow spindlier as it stretches for light.

To Do: For growth

With a nice view of the sky (200 or more foot-candles, and some sun is tolerable), your monstera will happily use up water, so you can bring the soil to saturation whenever it becomes dry to a depth of a few inches.

 

Soil Conditions

The monstera's soil will eventually be depleted of nutrients, but since monstera tend to be sold in large pots, you may opt for a top dressing instead of a complete repotting. If you see several new leaves growing, then you can safely apply some fertilizer for the next few weeks. Soil structure is usually pretty good (nice and loose), so just aerate the soil occasionally, maybe every third or fourth watering.