Plant Care Mini Monstera

Mini Monstera

4.7 out of 5 (142 experiences)

Mini Monstera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
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' and Philodendron Minima

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 located in Seattle, Washington.

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?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Mini Monstera in Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Growing Mini Monstera in Seattle right now

Light needs for plant Mini Monstera in Seattle, Washington

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

May 23rd, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Seattle is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunlight…

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Light needs for plant Mini Monstera in Seattle, Washington

Sunlight will increase by 22.2% ☀️

May 22nd, 2022

Seattle is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Seattle is expected to increase by 22.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 21.5 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Mini Monstera in Seattle, Washington

Daylight will increase by 1.9 hours 📈

May 19th, 2022

This month, Seattle is getting an average of 11.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 14.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 15.5 total hours of da…

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Seattle, Washington ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Mini Monstera thrive 🌿!

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.

When to repot Mini Monstera

Nutrient needs for plant Mini Monstera in Seattle, Washington

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

May 22nd, 2022

The growing potential in Seattle is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any p…

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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!


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Sunlight Needs
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Yellow Leaves

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 your location in Seattle, Washington, 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 46
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 Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
Mini Monstera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Dems avatar
@Dems
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,877 XP
04/04/2022

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Shayebriannah avatar
@Shayebriannah
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 6,982 XP
globe Fort Collins, Colorado
02/19/2022

very cute! likes something to climb. ☺️

Fast grower Fast grower
Notchris avatar
@Notchris
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 298 XP
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
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 6,726 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland
01/14/2022

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jcajr avatar
@Jcajr
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 192 XP
globe Miami, Florida
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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@Mossycabbages
leaf-1 76 Plants
xp 2,324 XP
globe American Fork, Utah
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Smarti avatar
@Smarti
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 819 XP
globe Susanville, California
12/03/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 113 Plants
xp 13,456 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Ella lillian avatar
@Ella lillian
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 297 XP
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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Mfk avatar
@Mfk
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 1,520 XP
11/15/2021

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

Linda avatar
@Linda
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 65 XP
globe Lawrenceburg, Indiana
11/04/2021

I love this plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 113 Plants
xp 13,456 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
10/21/2021

Grows very fast!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pikarawr avatar
@Pikarawr
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 289 XP
09/04/2021

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Shannonelliott avatar
@Shannonelliott
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 751 XP
globe Austin, Texas
09/03/2021

loveee this plant !!! new fav

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Donna avatar
@Donna
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 1,273 XP
globe Pennsauken Township, New Jersey
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
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Plantobsessed avatar
@Plantobsessed
leaf-1 169 Plants
xp 2,866 XP
globe Morgantown, Pennsylvania
08/16/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Malekahussein avatar
@Malekahussein
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 818 XP
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 !

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Tariqcannings avatar
@Tariqcannings
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 737 XP
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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Niamarie33 avatar
@Niamarie33
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 535 XP
globe Lincoln, Nebraska
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.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Curran avatar
@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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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