Quick Tips! Caring for Your Monstera Deliciosa

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Monsteras are so pretty and so easy to care for!

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You may hear me talk about Mr. Swiss & Mrs. Swiss in my insta-stories. I refer to our two Monstera Deliciosa, AKA: Swiss Cheese Plants.

I love these plants because they are a great statement piece for our living room & bedroom, are easy to care for, and have beautiful yet peculiar-looking slits & splits in their dark green leaves. I purchased two of mine online, but you could probably find one at a local nursery if you cannot accept packages via post.

The Monstera deliciosa is native to the rainforests of Central America & Mexico but will do just fine in your home given the proper care & (minimal) attention.

houseplant care tips for your monstera

Caring for Your Monstera Deliciosa

Watering

I have had great success with our Swiss Cheese Plants, but the most common problem I hear from friends is yellowing leaves. Yellowing leaves could be a symptom of overwatering. So make sure you do not kill it with kindness by giving your Swiss too much water.

I just sink my fingers into the soil about two inches to decide if it needs water or not. You could also purchase a water meter to measure the soil moisture level.

Yellowing leaves could also mean too much direct sunlight, and too little sunlight will not allow the leaves to develop their trademark slits & splits. If your Monstera has yellow, brown, or black leaves, take a knife or sharp scissors and snip those off.

Then take a look at the soil to see if it is dry, flaky, or incredibly soggy. Monstera plants like well-draining soil composed of organic matter; perlite, pumice, or coarse horticultural sand.

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The Sill and Etsy are great places to buy plants and have them shipped directly to your home.

Fertilization

Monsteras plants like to be fertilized once a month during the growing seasons (summer + spring).

Lighting

Monsteras prefer bright yet indirect light. We have one in our living room near a southeast-facing window and one in our bedroom near a south-facing window. When you have the correct light, the leaves will start growing with the most beautiful slits.

Potting

You will want to choose a pot that has plenty of drainage holes and is large enough to accommodate the relatively quick growth of this plant. You may need to re-pot your Monstera plant every few years or so, give it more room & ensure that the soil is not depleted of nutrients.

They are a fairly fast-growing plant – so you will need to monitor that its roots do not become too crowded before you are able to re-pot it. We bought our planters from West Elm and filled the bottom layer with coarse gravel to help drainage and protect the roots from rotting.

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Do you want houseplants but do not know where to start?

Hopefully, my tips here on the blog and my posts on Instagram will help. Still, for further help, you may want to pick up a copy of House of Plants: Living with Succulents, Air Plants & Cacti or How to Not Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged.

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  1. Hi There, where did you find the awesome (fur friendly!) leather pillows pictured on your couch, and bed?

    I’d love to have a set!

    1. Ren Lenhof Author says:

      They are from Kaekoo!
      https://www.kaekoo.com

      We have one downstairs in our living room and on the our bed in our master bedroom. 🙂

  2. how do you replant a Monstera plant? I’m worried I might kill the plant if I dig and separate them.

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