Plant Care Monstera
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Monstera

4.8 out of 5 (149 experiences)

Monstera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Monstera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Swiss Cheese Plant and Swiss Cheese

Taxonomy

Monstera deliciosa
Monstera
Araceae
Alismatales

What other plant parents say

Monstera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 133
Monstera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 91
Monstera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 54
Monstera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 38
Monstera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 14
Monstera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 11
Monstera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 6
Monstera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Sarahsalith avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Monstera named Big Ole Monstera Deliciosa  by Sarahsalith on Greg, the plant care app
04/19/2021

*This monster sits in a chair in an east-facing window. I water it when I think about it or when Greg reminds me.* What is there NOT TO LOVE about this behemoth?! I have shared it with many friends.…

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@Alex
New York, NY
Rating of the plant Monstera named Daphne by Alex on Greg, the plant care app
03/14/2021

This is my first medium-sized monstera. Overall it’s been a good journey. It’s grown quickly, a couple of new leaves a month, when in good light conditions (south-facing window, 3-4 hours of direct m…

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@Haavs
Barstow, CA
Rating of the plant Monstera named Swiss by Haavs on Greg, the plant care app
02/23/2021

DO NOT OVERWATER! I got my monstera about three months ago and I overwatered her a bit too much so I got some browning on the leaves! But I let it dry out and cut off the bad leaves by the stem and a…

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@Greenwoodlc
Lakewood, CO
Rating of the plant Monstera named Monte by Greenwoodlc on Greg, the plant care app
04/10/2021

If I had to pick one plant to save in a house fire I would cry for days because I love all my plants but then I would also immediately snatch my monstera up and usher her to safety. I LOVE this plant…

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@Gathererofn…
Lincoln, NE
Rating of the plant Monstera named Mallory by Gathererofnutsandodballs on Greg, the plant care app
04/05/2021

I love my monstera! I got her as a tiny plant for my wedding from my sister 5 years ago and she has grown so much! She does live indirect sunlight, she likes to see the sky but does not want to get t…

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@Sarabethcoy…
Philadelphia, PA
Rating of the plant Monstera named Frankenstein’s Monstera by Sarabethcoyle on Greg, the plant care app
02/12/2021

I love how quickly this plant spot puts out new leaves. Watching the leaves uncurl is my favorite thing!! I’m working on getting it a moss pole to grow more straight, but in the mean time it’s a litt…

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@Kibble
Orland Park, IL
Rating of the plant Monstera named first mate pete the dreadful by Kibble on Greg, the plant care app
04/18/2021

i use bamboo sticks for first mate pete the dreadful to climb and ze has such a personality with how each stem and leaf curls in their own distinct ways and ze turns and bends towards the sun wheneve…

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@Martin
New York, NY
Rating of the plant Monstera named Step Brothers by Martin on Greg, the plant care app
03/02/2021

This is a monstera growing next to a golden pothos in a pot without drainage. An experiment that seems to be going really well 🙂 Both are thriving with a mindful watering cadence and with access to …

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@Sonya
Huntington Beach, CA
Rating of the plant Monstera named Monte by Sonya on Greg, the plant care app
04/14/2021

I’ve only had my monstera for about a month and a half, but he has grown so fast and is very low maintenance. When I first got him he was only as tall as the stake in his pot, but now he’s well over…

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@Mrsjenger
Ann Arbor, MI
Rating of the plant Monstera named Sully by Mrsjenger on Greg, the plant care app
03/22/2021

Make sure you have enough light for these giants and they’ll reward you with dinnerplate sized leaves with lots of fenestrations. Rotate when you water if you don’t want all the leaves facing the win…

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How to care for Monstera

Water

How often to water your Monstera

Water needs for Monstera
0.5 cups
every 9

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 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.

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Finding light for Monstera in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Monstera: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Monstera can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive đź’Ş.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Monstera

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for 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 Monstera after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Monstera

Monstera

Monstera


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft 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.

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