Posted 1M ago by @LexLuthor

Question to Albo and Thai Constellation lovers. Do you mi...

Hey all. As it says on the title. Do you mist? How much? How often? When? And why? I live in a dry climate, and against all the advice to not get tropical plants in the middle of the desert, I’m raising a few monsteras including three Albos and two TCs. I use a humidifier, which helps, but does not preserve the variegation as well as my local nursery does. I asked them how they did it, and they mist their plants twice a day. So that’s their answer. What do you all think? What’s your experience with dealing with dry weather? #Monstera #HappyPlants
1ft to light, indirect
10” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
Best Answer
I would really really encourage you not to mist. If you have very dry conditions, consider a humidifier!

Misting only humidifies for the time that it is wet until dry (which in dry conditions, is like 2 min hehe) and encourages mold.
@LexLuthor I live on the east coast but the colder side. I mist mine every other day. I have a Thai Constellation and the variegation is really good
@Vonster well said! misting puts out a tiny percentage of water as a gas and a lot of liquid water. liquid water on leaves outdoors is dried by wind and all but indoors it tends to stay in place which can and does lead to the development of bacteria and fungal growth on leaves.
I agree that misting isn’t the solution. Second humidifier it is then. Thanks folks
Thanks for posting this! I live in a desert too and I just became a proud monstera parent and have a lot to learn about them πŸŒ±πŸ’š
@jacquepen let’s chat! It takes a village to grow tropical plants in the desert πŸ˜…
1M ago
I use a humidifier and mist. The reason I mist is preventative reasons such as spider mites are drawn to heat and dryness. So when I mist I put peppermint oil in my water because spiders hate peppermint. I focus mostly on the top of the soil and base of the plants. I even spray around windows. I’ve had one infestation on a single plant and that was so traumatic that I obsess about peppermint. Haven’t had a mite outbreak in 5 years. 🀞
@SJD I use neem oil on the leaves but only about once a month. Is peppermint gentler? And do I have to avoid bright light after applying it as I do with neem oil?
1M ago
neem oil and Peppermint Oil are used to tackle different things. You can use them together or separately as long as you’re following dilution instructions. I mostly use peppermint oil to deter spider mites since the fragrance itself is a deterrent and because infestations from spider mites have been far more catastrophic to my plant collection than any other pest.

As far as I know since peppermint comes from a plant, it isn’t as harsh as neem oil is. But if I were facing an issue outside of spider mites, like mealy bugs I would go for the neem oil and add some drops of peppermint for a more broad spectrum approach and because I hate the smell of neem oil.

Alternatively, I’ve also treated mealy bugs with a mixture of water, rubbing alcohol, dawn, and peppermint oil instead of neem oil. Haven’t really had the opportunity to test one against the other at the same time to gauge effectiveness.
@LexLuthor definitely! I’m thinking about repotting mine soon. What kind of soil do you use?
@jacquepen I make my own aroid mix. Mostly coir, orchid bark and perlite, with some activated charcoal and potting soil.
@LexLuthor Awesome! I was thinking about making my own mix as well. Thank you!
@jacquepen you totally should. That way you know what’s in it and you can source the ingredients locally and responsibly. I experimented with mine first. Tried a couple of different mixes and watered them without plants to check for moisture retention and drainage and then picked the one I liked the most. My Albo loves it and pushed out two new leaves since repotting a month ago. But my Thai constellation isn’t doing as well, the mix dries out too quickly and it’s stressing the plant a bit.
@LexLuthor Thank you so much for your insight!