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Monstera 'Peru'

Monstera 'Peru'

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Common Names: Peru
Botanical Name: Monstera kartenianum

Monstera Karstenianum Description

Monstera karstenianum features thick, leathery leaves that are dark green in color with a glossy finish. The leaves are smaller compared to those of more well-known Monstera varieties like Monstera deliciosa but are highly textured with prominent veining that gives them a corrugated appearance. As a climbing plant, it thrives when given a support to attach to, such as a moss pole.

Care Plan for Monstera karstenianum

Light: This plant prefers bright, indirect light to flourish. It can tolerate moderate light levels but may exhibit slower growth and less pronounced leaf texture under lower light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause leaf burn.

Watering: Water the Monstera karstenianum when the top inch or so of the soil feels dry. This plant likes consistent moisture but is sensitive to overwatering. Ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent waterlogging and root rot.

Humidity: High humidity levels are ideal for this Monstera, reflecting its native jungle habitat. Regular misting, using a humidifier, or placing it in a humid room like a bathroom can help meet its humidity needs.

Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C). Protect it from drafts and extreme temperature changes to avoid stress and potential leaf damage.

Child and Pet Safety: Like many other plants in the Monstera genus, Monstera karstenianum is toxic if ingested. It contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause irritation of the mouth and gastrointestinal tract in both humans and pets. Care should be taken to place the plant out of reach of children and animals.

General Tips: Fertilize every two months during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. Provide structural support like a trellis or moss pole to encourage vertical growth. Prune as necessary to control size and remove any yellow or damaged leaves.

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