Plant Care Monstera

Monstera

Reviewed by: None | Last Updated: 09/08/2022

4.8 out of 5 (1802 experiences)

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

About Monstera

Monstera deliciosa is a species of flowering plant native to the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico down to Colombia. Both the root and leaf have a long history of use in traditional medicine. In Mexico, a leaf or root infusion is taken daily to relieve arthritis. In Martinique, the root is used in remedies for snakebites. 🤒 The holes in Monstera leaves let water drip close to the roots, and they absorb the scattered beams of sunlight that make it down through the forest canopy. Their fruit also tastes like a mix of pineapple and banana! 🍍🍌

Taxonomy

Monstera deliciosa
Monstera
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Swiss Cheese Plant and Philodendron Monstera

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 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.

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.

Plant care guide for Monstera in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

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Growing Monstera in Chicago right now

Light needs for plant Monstera in Chicago, Illinois

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

September 28th, 2022

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Chicago is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Monstera in Chicago, Illinois

Sunlight will decrease by 32.5% ☀️

September 28th, 2022

Chicago is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to decrease by 32.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Monstera in Chicago, Illinois

Daylight will decrease by 2.0 hours 📉

September 28th, 2022

This month, Chicago is getting an average of 11.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 15.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.0 total hours of da…

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Finding light for Monstera in your home

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

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 Chicago, Illinois ☀️.️

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

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.

When to repot Monstera

Nutrient needs for plant Monstera in Chicago, Illinois

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

September 25th, 2022

The growing potential in Chicago is medium 👌.

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…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
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Native Region
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Monstera

Monstera

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

What other plant parents say

Monstera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1559
Monstera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 994
Monstera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 732
Monstera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 522
Monstera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 132
Monstera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 97
Monstera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 46
Gbrownie1 avatar
@Gbrownie1
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 953 XP
04/09/2022

-Needs drainage
-Moss poles make it grow quickly
-likes bright indirect

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Tylaf679575 avatar
@Tylaf679575
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 150 XP
globe Duncan, British Columbia
04/07/2022

Don’t over water…. Let dry out between watering a bit and don’t put in direct sunlight

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Miggiflo avatar
@Miggiflo
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 344 XP
globe Manila, Metro Manila
03/30/2022

Great and beautiful plant!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Calvina avatar
@Calvina
leaf-1 69 Plants
xp 10,242 XP
03/22/2022

They are stunningly gorgeous and can be a centerpiece of any room. We’ve put ours through so much and they are still ticking, even when we thought there is no hope. They require some care, but fully worth every effort.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Natajack avatar
@Natajack
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 883 XP
globe Austin, TX
03/19/2022

My favorite plant! 💕🪴

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Rose avatar
@Rose
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 984 XP
globe Byron, GA
03/13/2022

This plant is easy to care for, I follow the water recommendations from the App and I haven’t had any problems.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Lovingsunnyaz avatar
@Lovingsunnyaz
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 6,080 XP
globe Goodyear, AZ
03/09/2022

Love my Monsteras! Always fun to see how the new leaves will unroll!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Taylormdebloomz avatar
@Taylormdebloomz
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 4,092 XP
03/06/2022

I love this plant. I really don’t do anything special to her. I just let her be and water when she is half way dry. Seems to like being next to my east facing window. I love her lush green leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Lovingsunnyaz avatar
@Lovingsunnyaz
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 6,080 XP
globe Goodyear, AZ
02/27/2022

Beautiful lush green leaves!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Cyberplantdad avatar
@Cyberplantdad
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
02/26/2022

Get a humidifier

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Yvette avatar
@Yvette
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 2,720 XP
globe Crowborough, England
02/24/2022

Such a lovely plant, excited to watch it grow. Easy to care for just water once soil dry.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Planeguy avatar
@Planeguy
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 110 XP
globe Castro Valley, CA
02/22/2022

Big but can be trained vertically if you stay on it as it grows. Build yourself a big moss pole. Plan for 6 ft. Can get brown tips if you are not regular with your watering but reasonably robust. Likes light a grow light over head works though I’ve had reasonable success with an “up light” grow light.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Realginger avatar
@Realginger
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 68 XP
02/19/2022

10/10

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Hellojennna avatar
@Hellojennna
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 477 XP
02/15/2022

It’s a beautiful, long, lush plant. It’s not too finicky and fills my space perfectly

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Samuelwines avatar
@Samuelwines
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 1,406 XP
globe Brunswick, Victoria
02/06/2022

Monstera's are happy, until they're not. 😅 Definitely not a fan of Summer heatwaves and no air con. 🙅🏼‍♂️

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Prolemon avatar
@Prolemon
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 123 XP
globe Witley, England
02/06/2022

so pretty 😩

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Prolemon avatar
@Prolemon
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 123 XP
globe Witley, England
02/06/2022

so pretty 😩

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Pingudog avatar
@Pingudog
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 1,919 XP
02/04/2022

Just a great plant ;);)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Tikannii avatar
@Tikannii
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 106 XP
globe Downey, CA
02/04/2022

Get a grow light and watch this baby grow!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Yveo avatar
@Yveo
leaf-1 102 Plants
xp 4,636 XP
02/03/2022

I love this plant that much that I actually have 3!!! Hoping to grow them over time and propagate more to share with loved ones as these can be expensive where I live!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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