5 Easy Tips for Monstera Care
monstera in an 8 inch slot pot
Caring for Your Monstera
Before we begin, we advise strong caution when having cats or dogs around your Monstera or any strain of Philodendron. Please do not allow Fido to eat your Philo.
In this care article, we will be covering the care of the Monstera in 5 segments:
1. Happy Roots
We'll begin with where life for the Monstera first fluoresces out of the soil: the roots. Most of the what the plant needs to survive must first enter and pass through the roots to get where it needs to. Photosynthesis provides energy, but building blocks such as water and minerals must be collected through the bottom for the plant’s metabolism to work.
Your Monstera needs water introduced to the roots, however, it is also sensitive to overwatering. Good drainage and airflow are necessary to prevent overhydration which can lead to root suffocation microbial infection, which can result in root rot. To help maintain airflow and moisture balance, we carry a variety of rePotme Slot Pots in many beautiful sizes and colors that really pop.
To feed your Monstera, it is important to begin with a rich media (soil,) fertilize the media every few weeks, and replace the media every 1 to 2 years. For the happy feeding of your Monstera, we fresh-mix to order Monstera Imperial Potting Soil Mix and carry FEED ME! Houseplant Food in 8 ounces and 32 ounces.
2. Happy Leaves
Over and underwatering result in the discoloration of the leaves, which should clear after hydration is restored to normal levels.
It is important for your Monstera to get gentle, usually indirect light to avoid damage to the leaves. If any leaves do get damaged and do not recover, they may be gently removed by cutting with a sanitary tool. We carry Dual Pro Pruners, rePotme Precision Clips, and rePotme Pro Snips
3. Strain Selection
The trademark feature of the Monstera strains are their fenestration, which is a fancy academic word for one or more holes. These holes come in a spectrum of shapes, and they are all beautiful. When the holes are enclosed, they are usually elliptical in shape. When the holes are open on an edge, they usually form long slits. Between these shapes, there is a wide range of sizes.
You may select the strain of Monstera with leaf features that speak to you the most. When you are caring for plants with fenestrated leaves, there will be significantly more edges that can get burned and it is important to keep light indirect when it is from the sun and grow lamps, especially grown lamps that produce a lot of heat.
The Monstera strains are not quite as resilient to temperature extremes as other Philos. The low end of tolerance ranges 55-65° Fahrenheit and the high end is 75-85℉. As a rule of thumb, they like human room temperature. If you’re cold, they’re cold; bring them inside.
The Monstera needs humidity and generally tolerates anything above 50%, however, extremely moisture-saturated air may cause the roots to be more susceptible to overwatering. The soil should remain moderately moist, but not drenched.