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She has conducted or assisted on research studies covering trees such as the bald cypress, swamp maple, and water tupelo, as well as important marsh grasses including Juncus, Spartina, and Phragmites.
Kiersten is (nearly!) a Louisiana Master Naturalist and regularly volunteers with local community gardens and nonprofits to help restore critical ecosystems along the Gulf Coast.
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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! 🍍🍌
Also known as
Swiss Cheese Plant and Philodendron Monstera
How to care for Monstera
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 Oakland, California.
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September 28th, 2022
Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Oakland is currently medium 👌.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
September 27th, 2022
Oakland is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Oakland is expected to decrease by 27.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 14.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per…
September 27th, 2022
This month, Oakland is getting an average of 12.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 13.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.2 total hours of da…
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 Oakland, California ☀️.️
This is a great time to watch your Monstera thrive 🌿!
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.
What other plant parents say
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.
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