Plant Care Monstera

Monstera

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

4.8 out of 5 (1745 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 Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

23% Very Low

Growing Monstera in Minneapolis right now

Light needs for plant Monstera in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 28th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Minneapolis is currently very low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Monstera in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunlight will increase by 46.5% ☀️

January 28th, 2022

Minneapolis is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Minneapolis is expected to increase by 46.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.4 megajoules of energy p…

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Light needs for plant Monstera in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Daylight will increase by 1.2 hours 📈

January 27th, 2022

This month, Minneapolis is getting an average of 5.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 13.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Minneapolis, Minnesota ⛅.

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 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 26th, 2022

The growing potential in Minneapolis is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Humidity
Soil
Fertilizer
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Native Region
Flowers
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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 Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 1506
Monstera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 966
Monstera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 710
Monstera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 510
Monstera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 136
Monstera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 126
Monstera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 98
Monstera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 44
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@Milkygueybar
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Riverside, California
01/26/2022

They’re pretty easy to manage

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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@Hotphalsa
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe New Orleans, Louisiana
01/23/2022

Bimini loves humidity! I take her in the bathroom when I shower for extra moisture! Such an amazing plant

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Kyle avatar
@Kyle
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 896 XP
01/22/2022

This hot, non-binary monstera lives a great life. Loves natural light over the grow lights.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Micymonstera
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 171 XP
01/22/2022

My favorite hands down

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Philipvpham
leaf-1 15 Plants
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globe Kansas City, Missouri
01/19/2022

Brilliant falsetto

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Yeahfeijoa
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Dunedin, Otago
01/19/2022

Grows big

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 71 Plants
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globe Baltimore, Maryland
01/16/2022

Beautiful big leaves. Needs bright light and humidity to thrive.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Chelsea
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 809 XP
01/15/2022

I have had no problems getting these guys to thrive.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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@Tariqcannings
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 513 XP
01/14/2022

This was from a retail store for very cheap, barley gets light or attention, watered every couple of weeks and she’s thriving

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Mfgonz avatar
@Mfgonz
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid
01/13/2022

Easy first timer and a good plant to get excited about plants in general, also, they look great. They’re easy to take care of and easy to propagate, just be sure you cut right under the nodes and then cover the exposed part with a bit of wet soil and a bandage so it doesn’t get infected (it can happen). Make sure you have good drainage on your pots as well. I like to shake mine every other day so they remember life in the tropics lol, but really, I spray and clean the leaves every week and shake it to simulate wind.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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@Beekachu
leaf-1 7 Plants
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globe Denver, Colorado
01/12/2022

I picked up my monstera for only $30 at my local Whole Foods and it as grown into a BEHEMOTH! I love that it is a focal point in the room and, despite my lack of skills, it has been flourishing

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Dylan1stokes
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globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

This is one of my easiest plants I have and it was also my first ever plant! The leaves are beautiful and they don’t take up too much maintenance. You can just leave them by a window and let them grow. Water once a week in spring/summer and once every two weeks in winter.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Artisterimu
leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Peoria, Illinois
01/10/2022

Gorgeous jungle vibes plant! Gives so much reward with very little work.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Roxanne
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globe Portland, Oregon
01/09/2022

Monsteras are popular for a reason. Give them we’ll-draining, aroid soil mix, medium-bright light and it will reward you with large fenestrated leaves. I’ve had to prune it maintain the shape I want and but it continues to grow and put out new leaves. I’ve also had a lot of success propagating it’s stems in water before transferring to soil. It’s not too fussy about humidity as far as I can tell. So easy to care for!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Monstera_mash
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globe Chicago, Illinois
01/05/2022

absolutely gorgeous plants!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Trustyflax
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
01/03/2022

They grow quickly and take up quite a bit of space.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Hg
leaf-1 19 Plants
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globe Foley, Alabama
12/29/2021

Loved plenty of bright indirect light in my south facing window. Although right now in the winter it does get direct light but the sun isn’t as strong and it’s loving it. I wipe off leaves when dusty and water every 10-12 days. Very easy to care for and affordable.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Teapott73
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 752 XP
12/27/2021

Big Boy has several new leaves even after being burned by a plug in heater

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Ellegraay
leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Kearneys Spring, Queensland
12/27/2021

So easy to grow!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Kirstiekat
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Elgin, Illinois
12/25/2021

I’m new help me

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