How to Care for a Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera Deliciosa

Also known as the ‘Fruit Salad Plant,’ this glossy-leaf favourite brings a jungle vibe to your space. Easily recognised by its broad, heart-shaped glossy leaves that are punctuated by cutouts, the Monstera Deliciosa boasts a one-of-a-kind look. As well as it’s striking features, this plant is also very easy to care for.

Here’s how to care for your Monstera Deliciosa.

Monstera Deliciosa

Light

Place your Monstera Deliciosa where it will receive bright indirect light. It can also handle low-light areas, but it will grow at a slower rate. Allow plenty of space for this plant to grow, as it can grow quite large!

Water

The Monstera Deliciosa likes its soil to slightly dry out between drenchings. Soak the soil thoroughly and wait for the water to drain through, then empty any excess water sitting in the saucer to avoid root rot. Allow the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering again.

Tip: the top of the soil may look dry but it can be wet beneath, so before watering your plant, dip your finger into the soil to feel the level of moisture.

Temperature & Humidity

The Monstera Deliciosa likes a warm temperature and humid air. So your Monstera will enjoy a good misting, especially in an air-conditioned environment or in winter to increase humidity levels. Keep away from drafts of hot and cold air that may harm the plant.

Maintenance

To keep your Monstera content, wipe its holey leaves with a damp cloth.

Give your plant some TLC and liquid fertiliser (in warmer months) and this will keep your Monstera smiling.


Troubleshooting

Leaves not forming holes

A young Monstera Deliciosa produces full heart-shaped leaves and will have fenestrations (holes) as they mature. The plant requires a good balance of watering and bright indirect light in order to make fenestrated leaves. Larger and older Monsteras will be able to produce new leaves with holes already on them.

Monstera leaves are turning yellow or brown

The most common reason your Monstera leaves are turning yellow is due to overwatering. Allow the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering again.

Brown leaves are commonly caused by underwatering, direct light or dry air. Keep your plant away from both cold and hot drafts. Water your plant thoroughly when the top 3-5cm of soil is dry, and mist your plant regularly to help increase humidity.