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About Mini Monstera
This vine-like plant is native to Thailand and Malaysia where it grows under the leaves of larger trees in tropical places, protected from direct sun while still receiving lots of bright light ☀️. Often mistaken for a miniature version of Monstera or Philodendron, the Mini Monstera is actually neither and belongs to a totally different genus. These vining plants have aerial roots that help them climb and hold onto branches as they grow. You may have to wait for your plant to mature before their characteristic split-leaves appear! ⏱
Also known as
Monstera Minima, Philodendron 'Ginny', Philodendron 'Piccolo' and Philodendron Minima
How to care for Mini Monstera
How often to water your Mini Monstera
Mini Monstera needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Chicago, Illinois.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Mini Monstera in your home
Mini Monstera may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ⛅.
How to fertilize Mini Monstera
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Mini Monstera after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Mini Monstera is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Mini Monstera prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Mini Monstera may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Mini Monstera is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Mini Monstera doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Mini Monstera does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Mini Monstera should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Mini Monstera is native to Tropical Africa to Oceania.
Mini Monstera produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
Mini Monstera is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Mini Monstera can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9b-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Mini Monstera can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.
Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Mini Monstera, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.
Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Mini Monstera
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 3ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Chicago, Illinois, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
This plant grows insanely fast. I definitely recommend making sure you have space for it to get large because it will and quickly. Mine has put out four new leaves in the last month or so and is loving the pole I gave it. I keep mine in ~65% humidity under grow lights with spagnum moss about an inch deep covering the soil to help with humidity.
This is a lovely plant and a very quick grower (I swear it adds a leaf nearly every day) I’ve had this plant for about a month and just repotted it yesterday. This is a plant that manages YOU if you don’t try to manage it. I found it had fungus gnats but using neem oil and aquarium gravel to top dress the soil to inhibit the gnats.
Bought her half dead , took her home and gave her sunlight throughout the day daily she got a lot stronger then a couple of months later she let out her first curled leaf she started off with 7 leaves and in about 3 weeks she’s now got 20 and each one a different shape and size and some new huge leaves !! I love her but damn she’s grows fast I literally am starting to run out of room lmao but by far my best plant
I love this plant but it also has attracted so many gnats in my apartment that I just can’t get rid of and it seems to go on and on forever. I repotted and terra-cotta which helped a little bit but it’s still a super pest magnet.