Kiersten lives in New Orleans, LA and graduated with her masters degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University in 2019.
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 Swiss Cheese
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 San Jose, California.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
December 3rd, 2021
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Jose is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determin…
December 4th, 2021
San Jose is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in San Jose is expected to decrease by 23.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.5 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…
December 4th, 2021
This month, San Jose is getting an average of 9.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.4 total hours of dayl…
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 San Jose, California ⛅.
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.
December 4th, 2021
The growing potential in San Jose is 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 to repo…
What other plant parents say
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.
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.
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