Plant Care Monstera

Monstera

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 11/05/2021

4.8 out of 5 (1624 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 Swiss Cheese

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 Miami, Florida.

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 Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

59% Medium

Growing Monstera in Miami right now

Light needs for plant Monstera in Miami, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

December 3rd, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Monstera in Miami, Florida

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 15.6% ☀️

December 4th, 2021

Miami is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Miami is expected to decrease by 15.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per day…

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Light needs for plant Monstera in Miami, Florida

Daylight will decrease by 0.6 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, Miami is getting an average of 8.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 5.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.4 total hours of daylig…

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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..️

Miami, Florida currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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 Miami, Florida

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

November 28th, 2021

The growing potential in Miami 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 p…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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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 Miami, Florida, 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 1402
Monstera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 894
Monstera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 647
Monstera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 474
Monstera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 127
Monstera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 124
Monstera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 91
Monstera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 44
Somelady avatar
@Somelady
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 309 XP
globe Augusta, Maine
12/02/2021

Big and bushy, fun to watch it grow!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Faeofthespring avatar
@Faeofthespring
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Fort Worth, Texas
11/30/2021

so cute and i’ve had her for close to two years but it’s so hard to keep her happy!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Nebulaevie avatar
@Nebulaevie
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 183 XP
globe Corby, England
11/29/2021

i’ve found that it attracts pests so easily but it is so beautiful so it’s worth it

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Divinetreasures avatar
@Divinetreasures
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,053 XP
globe Biloxi, Mississippi
11/29/2021

Had one and i loved it so much so i got a second

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Carsonburrell avatar
@Carsonburrell
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
11/29/2021

they are the bestest plants in the whole wide world ❤️

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,135 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/28/2021

Sort of the quintessential houseplant. Great for beginners.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Njplantmama avatar
@Njplantmama
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 74 XP
11/28/2021

I absolutely love this plant. I ordered it by mail and was nervous it wouldn’t be ok but Jack has bloomed beautifully

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Tomjgore avatar
@Tomjgore
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 150 XP
globe Brisbane City, Queensland
11/28/2021

I’ve had slight problems with yellowing and browning, but just give it a prune and she’ll be right!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Reba avatar
@Reba
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 473 XP
11/22/2021

So far I am loving my Monstera.
She has put out two beautiful leaves since I adopted her in September and she seems to be pretty low maintenance. I just have to get her a moss pole!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Tessalou avatar
@Tessalou
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 510 XP
globe Withcott, Queensland
11/21/2021

Easy going plant

Voidbugz avatar
@Voidbugz
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 1,722 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
11/20/2021

Not pet friendly! A moss pole encourages upwards growth and aerial root formation

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Platypusrex256
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 158 XP
globe San Francisco, California
11/17/2021

Easy to take care of! It hasn’t died yet!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Abbey123 avatar
@Abbey123
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 679 XP
globe Wanaka, Otago
11/15/2021

Honestly my best plant, has been with me the longest and no matter what’s gotten thrown at it, it’s survived!!! Absolute favourite

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Valentheral avatar
@Valentheral
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 80 XP
11/15/2021

This plant is toxic to pets, but my cats don’t bother with it—I haven’t had any problems. Be prepared to stake this plant/give it some form of support, as the leaves are very heavy (and Monstera deliciosa, in spite of its size, is actually a vine!).
If you’re interested in propagation, Monsteras are a great place to start! Just cut a leaf or two underneath a node on the main stalk, then place in water in a sunny place and wait for roots.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Caylincarpenter
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 102 XP
globe Swannanoa, North Carolina
11/13/2021

bounces back quick

Survivor Survivor
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@Nubiangoddessjayda
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 2,553 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
11/09/2021

My favorite plants

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Ariana avatar
@Ariana
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 96 XP
globe Bolingbrook, Illinois
11/09/2021

Well, a lot of tiny bugs like to sit on the leaves and stuff and they fly around when you go near it to water it. But this plant is very beautiful and lasts very long. Just don’t water it too much or forget to water it because it does act up a little bit. Like the leaves start to brown a little bit. But this plant is very easy to keep around. If you have a propagated piece, it tends to take a bit longer to grow. But that’s all that I would say about monstera plants.

Georgia avatar
@Georgia
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
11/08/2021

Be prepared for it to grow big🪴❤️‍🔥

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Hel3ng avatar
@Hel3ng
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 206 XP
globe Nelson
11/07/2021

Love the monstera. Had one in England that just grew and grew. This one in New Zealand I’ve had since tiny and it’s only about a year old. The only thing I don’t like is the air roots

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pcalifornia avatar
@Pcalifornia
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 132 XP
globe Campbell, California
11/07/2021

I needed extra bamboo sticks to support it as it grew

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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