How do I care for my Monstera?

The mighty Monstera is one of the most popular plants of our time, and it's no wonder. With shiny, uniquely patterned and striking leaves, it makes a statement in any room. 

Native habitat
Tropical rainforests of Central and South America.

Light and position in the home
Bright indoor light with no strong direct sunlight.

Flowers and foliage
The Monstera is famous for its split leaves, but before the leaves grow sufficiently to split all the way through, the patterns start off as holes in the leaves. This is where this plant gets its alternative name 'swiss cheese plant' from, because the holes resemble holes found in Swiss cheese.

Mature Monstera plants that are kept outdoors do produce white flowers and fruit, although it is uncommon for houseplants to do so.

Warm, ideally a constant temperature between 18 and 28 degrees Celcius.

When the top 2-4cm are dry, water the soil of your monstera. This is a fairly drought-tolerant plant, so you don't need to water it all the time - every couple of weeks should suffice, but use your judgement. Water more frequently during the growing season and reduce at other times.

Did you know?
Monstera deliciosa is also known as split-leaf philodendron (although it is not a philodendron). It's a vine, so you will notice it try to climb or trail, and over time it may require some support to ensure it grows in the direction you want it to!

If you fancy getting yourself a Monstera, check out this lovely link to get one of these stunning plants for yourself.