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When learning how to be a plant parent, it’s best to start with plants that are easy to grow and easy to care for while cozying up our living spaces. And monstera plants are high on this list of plants to grow for newbie gardeners and home decor enthusiasts.

The Monstera deliciosa, with its iconic split leaves and air-purifying prowess, has become a must-have in homes across the globe. But keeping this tropical beauty thriving can be a mystery for some. This comprehensive guide will be your one-stop shop for creating a lush, leafy jungle filled with happy Monsteras.

Wait until you see how easy the monstera plant is to grow, care for, and propagate.

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Meet Monstera Deliciosa

Hailing from the rainforests of Central and South America, the Monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, is a climbing vine that can reach impressive heights. Its signature split leaves, some with fenestrations (holes), are adaptations for maximizing sunlight penetration in the dense rainforest canopy.

Different Monstera varieties boast unique leaf shapes and variegation, so you can find the perfect one to complement your jungle vibe.

Close up of Monstera plant foliage

Is Monstera a Good Indoor Plant?

Yes! Monstera plants are GREAT indoor plants to grow because they are fuss-free and look gorgeous! A tropical rainforest native this gorgeous leafy plant loves humidity and warmth.

Depending on the variety, they can grow large enough to cozy up dark, dull corners in an indoor living space. But the best part? You can bring these easy-care plants outdoors when the weather stays above freezing where they will grow and thrive before you bring them back indoors for winter.

This is an ideal way to get the best of both worlds enjoying them both indoors and out. I bring my monstera plants outdoors to summer in my New Jersey zone 6b climate, and they love that heat and humidity.

before and after room makeover

Monstera Plant Care

As far as houseplants go, the monstera plant could not be easier.

Light

Monsteras crave bright, indirect sunlight. Think about their growing conditions in the rainforest with dappled sunlight filtering through a canopy of trees. Granted, we can’t over rainforest conditions, but east-facing windows are ideal.

Too little light can lead to leggy growth and fewer fenestrations, while too much light can cause leaf burn. Pay attention to your Monstera’s leaves: lighter green foliage indicates more light is needed while yellowing leaves suggest too much direct sun.

While they love bright, indirect light, they can handle a little lower light conditions too. If maintained in a room with less light, don’t water them as often and really check that soil for dryness.

Before purchasing a monstera, consider where you intend to care for it in your home so you give it the right light conditions.

Monstera plant on the front porch with rockers and throw pillows

Monstera Watering Tips

Finding the perfect watering balance is key to monstero plant happiness. Aim to keep the soil evenly moist, but never soggy. Allow the top inch of soil to dry slightly between waterings.

In general and as a guide, water every 1-2 weeks. But don’t just check the surface of the soil to determine dryness. Stick your finger about an inch down into the soil and if it’s dry, then it’s OK to water. If you prefer to use a moisture meter to check for soil dryness, they work really well too.

Overwatering is a common monstera plant killer, leading to root rot and drooping leaves. Use well-draining potting mix and ensure your pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. In winter, reduce watering frequency as the plant goes into a semi-dormant state.

Where watering is concerned, if you want to learn the secret to keeping these houseplants alive, follow these tips.

Watering monstera plant in the family room

Fertilization

Feed your Monstera plant with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) to encourage lush foliage.

A diluted liquid fertilizer applied monthly or a slow-release fertilizer applied every few months is ideal. Always follow the label directions for whatever product you use to avoid over-fertilizing, which can lead to leaf burn and salt buildup in the soil.

When I use a slow-release fertilizer, I feed monstera plants a few times a year starting in late winter to help them out of dormancy, then again in late spring to encourage new growth, and in late August to feed them before they go into winter dormancy in late fall.

close up of monstera leaf

How to Care for Monsteras: A Test of Resiliency

I have to admit, I really tested the resiliency of my monstera deliciosa when we moved a few years ago.

We moved to our new home in December 2021 so after I brought my monstera deliciosa indoors from summering on the deck, I moved it into our finished basement to reduce the amount of houseplants I had on the main floor while we were showing our home to prospective buyers that fall.

The deliciosa plant received very little light there for a few months and I never watered it. Terrible, I know. But at the time, I had just had surgery, we were showing the house and something had to give. This plant probably stayed downstairs in close to darkness for 2 months before we moved from October through early December.

And it looked a little sad once we arrived in our new home. But I watered it well and moved it to the sunroom where it bounced back and then some.

The point of the story is to let you know that monstera plants are pretty resilient and can handle almost whatever you throw at them. Life happens and when it does, the monstera plant will still be there.

As I started decorating and moving plants around my new home for spring, my monster plant found a permanent home in the northern corner of my family room where it enjoys bright, indirect light from floor-to-ceiling windows.

Are you convinced to grow a monstera plant yet? If not, read on!

Monstera deliciosa plant by the koi pond

How Many Varieties of Monstera Plant Are There?

While you’ll only find a few at your local nursery or online plant retailer, there are about 48 different species of monsteras. I grow both Monstera Deliciosa and Monstera Adansonii but there are many others to grow. Always read the plant tag when purchasing a plant so you know the specific care that particular variety needs.

5 Reasons You Should Grow Monstera Plants

Now that I gave you a little backstory on my experience with the monstera plant (and I have a few different varieties), here are 5 reasons you need to grow one in your home.

Monstera Plant Care is Easy

As I mentioned before, caring for the monstera plant is ridiculously easy. To me, they are hard to kill, but not impossible. You’d have to go out of your way to overwater, underwater, or just plain neglect it for too long to survive. And even then, you can probably still revive it.

That said, they are resilient and can take what you throw at them with ease. Not all houseplants are like that. Monstera plants require minimal care. Just give them the right light conditions and don’t overwater them.

And I say don’t overwater because that’s what newbies and home decor enthusiasts tend to do. They pick a certain day of the week and decide that’s watering day.

Don’t do that.

It’s ok to mark on your calender when to check a plant to see if it NEEDS to be watered, but don’t just blindly water your houseplants because it’s say, Tuesday.

Check the soil for moisture as I described above and the plant, give it the right amount of water, and the monstera will reward you with lots of good healthy growth for years to come.

monstera deliciosa in family room with round coffee table and sofa with neutral boho throw pillows

Monstera Plants Make Great Home Decor

Whether you decorate with monsteras inside or out, they cozy up empty corners and breathe life into living spaces. Those gorgeous, dark green leaves are statement pieces in a space. I know you can buy faux monsteras at Target or Wayfair, but trust me, you should try growing these plants on your own because they look way better and are simple to grow.

Monstera Propagation is EASY

But the best part about growing and caring for a monstera plant is they are simple to propagate too! Whether you propagate a monstera for yourself or give it away to others, propagation is easy to do. While there are a few ways to propagate monstera plants, it’s easiest to take cuttings. But they can also be propagated by air layering and division.

How to Propagate a Monstera Plant by Taking a Cutting

The best time to propagate a monstera by taking a cut is during spring or summer when the plant is actively growing. Look for a young healthy leaf with a node to find the best cut. Monstera plant propagation in water is very similar to propagating pothos in water, except it takes a little longer to root.

Swiss cheese plant (monstera adanosii)with vintage pottery and jugs in window -Easy Care Houseplants to Propagate in Water
Monstera Adansoniii aka Swiss Cheese Plant
Supplies Needed to Propagate a Monstera Plant in Water

You don’t need much to multiply your monstera plants and this process could not be easier to do. The key is using sharp pruners to make the best cuts.

Directions for Monstera Propagation
  • Find a young healthy leaf and a node.
  • With clean pruners, cut a section off the monstera with the node. (Feel free to do this when you want to control the size of the monstera. Instead of tossing the cuts in the compost pile, you can propagate them.)
  • If propagating a monstera deliciosa or similar, drop the fresh cut in a tall clear glass of clean water with some rooting hormone and move it to a bright, indirect spot in your home. If propagating monstera adanosii or similar, the vase can be smaller.
  • Change the water once a week or less to keep it clean.
  • Within a few months, you’ll see roots will form. Wait until roots are roughly 1-2″ long before planting.

But, you can also take that cutting and plant it directly in soil if you want to skip propagating in water.

  • Instead of dropping it in water, make a hole in the soil, dip the fresh cut in rooting hormone then gently put in the hole and cover with soil. (You can also do this without dipping it in rooting hormone first, but I prefer using it before planting).
  • Move the container to a location with bright, indirect light.
  • Make sure the soil stays evenly moist.
  • To keep cuttings healthy and encourage root growth, mix rooting hormone with the water when hydrating it.

So which is the better method?

I prefer propagating in water because to me, it’s easier and I can see the root growth. But try it both ways to see what method you prefer.

Doubling Your Monstera Plant By Division

Much like you would divide a perennial, monsteras can be divided the same way if you notice the plant has sections. Simply pull the plant from its current container and carefully split apart the plant. Repot each in clean containers with fresh potting soil, fertilize, and keep in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. I recently divided my monstera deliciosa plant and now I have 2 full plants.

close up of monstera plant in family room near large windoes and sofa with neutral throw pillows

Monstera Plants Help Purify the Air We Breathe

Another reason to skip the faux plant and grow a live monstera plant is they help clean the indoor air. Before I started growing houseplants indoors with success, my entire family would have cold after cold and illness after illness.

Once I became a successful plant parent indoors and grew our stock of houseplants, I noticed a significant decrease in the number of colds and illnesses my family had.

Is it a coincidence? Or are the plants working their magic?

Because monsteras have large leaves, they help purify the air through action photosynthesis. But rather than get into all that here, you can learn more about how monstera plants and other houseplants purify the air here.

monstera delciiosa plant by the koi pond

Monstera Plants Boost Our Moods

Caring for plants, in general, is a huge mood booster, but there’s something special about the monstera plant. Those large beautiful leaves are pretty cool to admire and it just feels good having this plant around.

Studies have also shown that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity as well as reduce stress levels which makes them ideal for both home and work environments.

The Monstera plant has lots of different varieties to choose from to grow, so be sure to check out the best fit for you and your home.

watering a monstera deliciosa plant

Common Monstera Plant Problems

Mealybugs, spider mites, and thrips are the most common Monstera plant pests. Look for their telltale signs: mealybugs appear as fuzzy white cottony masses, spider mites leave behind fine webbing, and thrips cause tiny brown speckles on leaves. Depending on the problem you identify, you can treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.

Root rot, caused by overwatering, is the most common Monstera disease. Symptoms include yellowing leaves, stunted growth, and a foul odor from the soil. If you suspect root rot, repot your Monstera into fresh, well-draining soil and adjust your watering habits.

Monstera Plant Care: Bonus Tips

  • Use a moss pole or trellis to encourage your Monstera to climb, mimicking its natural habit.
  • Regularly wipe down the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and encourage photosynthesis.
  • Don’t be afraid to prune your Monstera to control its size and shape.
  • Share your Monstera journey with other plant enthusiasts online!
monstera deliciosa by the pond in the zen garden

More About Monstera Plant Care

Are you growing a monstera plant or have any tips you’d like to share? I would love to know more in the comments below.

Stacy Ling
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    1. thank you it doubled in size since bringing it outside this year. I’ve got to divide it before it comes back in!