Plant Care Mini Monstera

Mini Monstera

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Mini Monstera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

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! ⏱

Taxonomy

Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
Rhaphidophora
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Monstera Minima, Philodendron 'Ginny', Philodendron 'Piccolo', Philodendron Minima and Monstera Ginny

How to care for Mini Monstera

💦 Water

How often to water your Mini Monstera

Water needs for Mini Monstera
0.5 cups
every 9

Mini Monstera needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Mini Monstera

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Mini Monstera in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mini Monstera: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

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 maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Mini Monstera in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Mini Monstera

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Mini Monstera: repot after 2X growth

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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!

Benefits of Growing Mini Monstera →

Common Mini Monstera Problems →


💦 Water Needs

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 Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

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 Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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 Toxicity to Cats →

Mini Monstera Toxicity to Dogs →

Mini Monstera Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

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 Humidity Needs →


🪴 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!

Best Soil Mix for Mini Monstera →

When and How to Successfully Repot Mini Monstera →


💩 Fertilizer

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!


🌎 Native Region

Mini Monstera is native to Tropical Africa to Oceania.


🌸 Flowers

Mini Monstera produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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.

How and When to Prune Mini Monstera →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Mini Monstera can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9b-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Mini Monstera Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

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.

How to Propagate Mini Monstera →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

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!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Mini Monstera

Mini Monstera

Mini Monstera


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Mini Monstera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 105
Mini Monstera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 73
Mini Monstera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 52
Mini Monstera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 47
Mini Monstera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 17
Mini Monstera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Mini Monstera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
@Dems avatar
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leaf-1 21 Plants
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04/04/2022

Grows super quick once it establishes. Easy to care for and looks awesome ✨

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 18 Plants
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globe Toronto, Ontario
02/02/2022

He will grow QUICK on you, so make sure youre training it to grow in the right directions!! This guy currently is growing all the way across my bedroom.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 46 Plants
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globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

Grows so fast! Plus I love a climbing plant. Enjoys humidity and consistent watering.

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leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Rogers, AR
12/29/2021

Perfect if you want the nice leaf slits from an early leaf stage, unlike the regular Monstera where leaf development has to be at a more mature and advanced stage to start showing the slits/cuts in a leaf.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 66 Plants
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12/28/2021

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.

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leaf-1 45 Plants
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globe Susanville, CA
12/03/2021

It is a robust plant that can be saved if the worst of conditions

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leaf-1 66 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
11/24/2021

In my experience these (which are not actually monsteras at all) take awhile to start growing and then they have a burst of growth all at once. Personally, I’m obsessed.

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leaf-1 10 Plants
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globe Melbourne, Victoria
11/19/2021

She climbs and climbs FAST, needs a pole or stake to stay up otherwise it’ll lean and it’s harder to straighten her up after that
Otherwise a super resilient baby

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leaf-1 50 Plants
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11/15/2021

Not to be confused with monstera deliciosa Philodendron sp. epipremnum pinnatum.

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globe Lawrenceburg, IN
11/04/2021

I love this plant!

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leaf-1 66 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
10/21/2021

Grows very fast!

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leaf-1 4 Plants
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09/04/2021

Pretty fast grower! Sprouts a new leaf at least once every week

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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Austin, TX
09/03/2021

loveee this plant !!! new fav

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@Donna
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globe Pennsauken Township, NJ
08/19/2021

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
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Pest magnet Pest magnet
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globe Morgantown, PA
08/16/2021

Love this plant! This is my second one. They grow quickly and climb beautifully!

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leaf-1 25 Plants
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08/12/2021

This plant grows like a weed ! Absolutely beautiful climbing plant that will amaze you with every new leaf it puts out. It can put up with a few missed waterings and really is just always pushing out new growth. Definitely a great beginner plant !

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leaf-1 7 Plants
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08/08/2021

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

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@niamarie33 avatar
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leaf-1 14 Plants
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globe Lincoln, NE
08/08/2021

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.

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Browns easily Browns easily
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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@Curran
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 79 XP
08/07/2021

Grows very fast. I was also able to force bushier growth by propagating the end of the branch when it got too long.

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08/06/2021

I can’t keep this plant alive for the life of me 🥲

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