Plant Care Monstera Cobra

Monstera Cobra

About Monstera Cobra

The nearly 50 species of plants in the Monstera genus all share some incredible traits, like being world class climbers! 🧗 These plants use aerial roots to grab onto trees as they grow up towards the sun. They've been known to grow more than 60ft/18m tall!

The genus name Monstera comes from the Latin word for monstrous/abnormal and is thought to refer to their abnormal leaves!

Taxonomy

Monstera standleyana 'Albo Variegata'
Monstera
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Monstera Cobra

💦 Water

How often to water your Monstera Cobra

Water needs for Monstera Cobra
0.5 cups
every 9

Monstera Cobra 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 Cobra

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Monstera Cobra in your home

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

Monstera Cobra 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 Monstera Cobra in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Monstera Cobra

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Monstera Cobra is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Monstera Cobra →

Common Monstera Cobra Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Monstera Cobra 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.

Monstera Cobra Water Frequency →

Monstera Cobra Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Monstera Cobra 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 🏡.

Monstera Cobra Light Requirements →

Monstera Cobra Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Monstera Cobra is extremely dangerous if consumed. 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 immediately. Monstera Cobra is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.


💨 Humidity

Monstera Cobra prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Monstera Cobra Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Monstera Cobra 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Monstera Cobra →


💩 Fertilizer

Monstera Cobra 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!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Monstera Cobra to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Monstera Cobra is native to Central America.


🌸 Flowers

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

Monstera Cobra Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Monstera Cobra 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 Monstera Cobra →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Monstera Cobra can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Monstera Cobra Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Monstera Cobra 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

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 Monstera Cobra, 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 Monstera Cobra

Monstera Cobra

Monstera Cobra


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.

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