So, want to grow a Monstera do ya? Well, you are definitely in the right place. Today we are going to learn a few things about the Monstera Deliciosa.
Happy Tuesday everyone! How are we doing today? How are your plants? Good, I hope!
Monstera Deliciosa plants are one of the more tropical plants you are actually able to grow in your home! T
I can’t tell you how many times people have ignored the other 50+ houseplants I have and go straight to the Monstera. B
But with great plants, comes with great responsibility! As I mentioned, they are a very tropical plant and you do need to accommodate everything your home is lacking.
Last Tuesday we posted an Article for a complete care guide on your Pothos and Philodendrons! Read it here!
Once you get it down and really know what they need in order to thrive, they actually aren’t that difficult of plants to grow!
Today, my friends, we’re going to learn a little something about the Monstera family. Let’s just start with the basics like:
- How to take care of a Monstera Deliciosa.
- What are the light and water needs for the Monstera Deliciosa?
- How to deal with pests on your Monstera Deliciosa.
- Propagating your Monstera Deliciosa.
Without further a-do, let’s just jump right into it.
How to take care of your Monstera Deliciosa
So, the basic needs for your gorgeous Monstera Deliciosa are quite simple. As long as you can provide for them as best you can, you will have happy plants!
I cannot stress how important this is for your Monstera. I absolutely recommend investing in a humidifier, and your Monstera will definitely thank you for it in the long run.
If you don’t have the budget immediately available, don’t stress out too much. I wasn’t using one for the first few months of owning my Monstera. What I did was I brought it in the bathroom with me when I showered because of the humidity that creates for it.
People say you can substitute a humidifier for just spritzing the leaves with water, but that doesn’t provide humidity for more than 30 minutes at a time, and your Monstera definitely wants more time than that.
Lack of a humid environment will stunt the growth of your Monstera and you might not be seeing nearly any new growth on it for long periods of time.
As far as their light needs go, they are pretty easy to manage for this category. In short, they like lots of indirect light. Placing them where the sun directly shines on them will cause their leaves to brown and burn which you don’t want of course.
Monstera Deliciosas can tolerate lower light environments and still grow, but they would be much happier where they can get as much light as possible.
My apartment only gets about 5-6 hours of good indirect sun a day so I try to compensate an hour or so with a lamp I have and pointing it at my Monstera about 5 feet away so it doesn’t burn the leaves, but still has the opportunity to absorb more light during the day time.
Watering is also fairly easy for Monsteras once you know what they prefer.
I only water mine once the first 2 inches of their soil is dry to the touch, and I water it thoroughly until water drips from the drainage hole, and repeat.
They’ll definitely thank you for this. A plant that has layers of dust built on its leaves can’t photosynthesize as it would naturally, so you’re doing them a big favor!
I feel like I’m either really lucky, or just take care of my Monstera Deliciosa very well because I’ve never seen my baby have any issues with bugs or pests either on it or her soil, which I’m very proud of.
There are so many prevention methods to take to just avoid getting them altogether, and we’ll go over them. I totally realize that just sometimes it’s out of your control and bugs will be bugs… and bug you..
So the question here though is, what are some prevention methods I can take to avoid getting them in the first place?
Here’s a little run down of what I practice:
- When buying new plants, I check the soil in which the plant comes from to make sure no bugs are eating their roots. I also check every leaf on the plant to see if it has any critters on them. (that way I don’t accidentally introduce them to my bug-free home.)
- I’m gonna be honest, fungus gnats are nearly impossible to completely avoid. Any person with plants in their home will know the struggle of fighting them. What I do for them is: Try not to create a schedule where I water all of my plants the same exact day. (that way there’s as little damp soil in my house at one given point as possible). I only plant things in terracotta pots with drainage holes, that way water never sits long enough for them to accumulate in.
- Every other watering or so, I water with a 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide and 3 part water mix because that works extremely well for killing fungus gnats and their larva (plus your plants love the nutrients that bring to the soil and their roots!).
- Every time I water my bigger houseplants I wipe down every leaf with a damp cloth. This cleans them of any dust build-ups or pests that might have started making a home on my plant.
- Always clear up dead leaves and foliage on your plant, because decaying plants and leaves create the perfect environment to invite unwanted pests in your home.
There are more ways to prevent pests from invading your home, but these are the main methods I personally practice.
This is my favorite part about growing plants, is that they can be propagated into more plants! It’s very easy as well, once you learn the basics you’ll be able to carry that knowledge forever.
You actually cut the stems similar to how you would your Pothos or Philodendron plants, just below the node where the leaves sprouted!
You’ll see below that there is a swollen part of the stem, that’s the Monstera’s node. That’s where your cut will be. You will want to look for a node that has at least two leaves connected to it that you can propagate. Tt will lead you to a higher success rate with it because it can create more energy to produce roots.
Once you make your cut, you can either stick them in damp soil or place them in a jar of water and let them root there!
I love water propagation because you can see just how long they take to start forming roots. You really learn a lot about the plant during the process there because you’re more involved in what’s going on.
We have 2 Monstera stems propagating right now. I checked the water propagated one this morning and it started forming its first root off of the aerial roots! I first placed it in the water 12 days ago and it sprouted its new root today!
Mine still has a long way to go before she’s ready for soil, but today was a milestone for her and I am very proud.
That’s all for today, thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you learned something new about the Monstera Deliciosa!
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