Plant Care Monstera

Monstera

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 05/04/2022

4.8 out of 5 (1806 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 Tampa, 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 Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida

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Growing Monstera in Tampa right now

Light needs for plant Monstera in Tampa, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

May 23rd, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Tampa is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunlight i…

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Light needs for plant Monstera in Tampa, Florida

Sunlight will increase by 8% ☀️

May 23rd, 2022

Tampa is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tampa is expected to increase by 8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 21.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per day!…

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Light needs for plant Monstera in Tampa, Florida

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

May 22nd, 2022

This month, Tampa is getting an average of 10.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.7 total hours of dayli…

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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 Tampa, Florida ☀️.️

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.

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
Humidity
Soil
Fertilizer
Dormancy
Native Region
Flowers
Growth Pattern
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 Tampa, 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 1562
Monstera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 998
Monstera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 734
Monstera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 524
Monstera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 138
Monstera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 133
Monstera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 98
Monstera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 46
Gbrownie1 avatar
@Gbrownie1
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 651 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 140 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 213 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 50 Plants
xp 5,883 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 14 Plants
xp 371 XP
globe Austin, Texas
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 42 Plants
xp 959 XP
globe Byron, Georgia
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Lovingsunnyaz avatar
@Lovingsunnyaz
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 5,119 XP
globe Goodyear, Arizona
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 62 Plants
xp 3,024 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 28 Plants
xp 5,119 XP
globe Goodyear, Arizona
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 33 Plants
xp 1,691 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 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Castro Valley, California
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 8 Plants
xp 348 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 1,822 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 3 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe Downey, California
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 82 Plants
xp 2,766 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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