Looking for ways to green up your home without the fuss? You’ve got to grow the monstera plant! Here are 5 reasons you should grow one.
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.
Monstera plants are high on this list of plants to grow for newbie gardeners and home decor enthusiasts.
Wait until you see how easy the monstera plant is to grow, care for, and propagate.
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Is Monstera a Good Indoor Plant?
Yes! They are a GREAT indoor plant to grow because they are fuss-free and look gorgeous!
A tropical rainforest native from Southern Mexico to Panama, 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 too 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.
How Do You Care for a Monstera Plant?
As far as houseplants go, the monstera plant could not be easier.
Water every 1-2 weeks allowing the soil to dry out. 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.
Oh and here’s the secret to keeping these houseplants alive.
In general, keep them in bright, indirect light but 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.
Fertilize monstera plants with a slow-release fertilizer in late winter to help them out of dormancy, late spring to encourage new growth, and late August to feed them before they go into winter dormancy in late fall.
I’ve had my monstera plant for a few years now and have to admit it was abused a little bit before we moved last year.
We moved to our new home in December so after I brought my monstera 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.
It 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.
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.
So monstera plants are pretty resilient to boot.
Are you convinced to grow a monstera plant yet?
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.
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 monstera plant (and I have a few different varieties), here are 5 reasons you need to grow one in your home.
Monstera 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 really have to go out of your way to overwater, underwater, or just plain neglect it for too long to survive.
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 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.
Propagating a monstera is very similar to propagating pothos in water, except it takes a little longer to root.
What you need to propagate a monstera plant
- sharp pruners
- monstera plant
- vase of clean water
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.
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 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.
More Houseplant Care Tips and Tricks
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