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Philodendron Monstera Split-Leaf

Philodendron Monstera Split-Leaf

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Common Name: Monstera
Botanical Name: Philodendron Monstera deliciosa

Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa Description

The Philodendron Monstera deliciosa, commonly referred to as the Monstera or Swiss Cheese Plant, is a popular and iconic houseplant known for its dramatic, lush foliage and distinctive holes or fenestrations. This tropical plant is a favorite for its ability to bring a bold, jungle-like feel to any indoor environment.

Monstera deliciosa boasts large, glossy green leaves that develop unique splits and holes as they mature, resembling swiss cheese, hence one of its common names. The leaves can grow quite large, making this plant a striking addition to room decor. Monsteras are climbing plants in their natural habitat, so providing a moss pole or trellis can support their growth and encourage larger leaf development.

Care Plan for Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa

Light: Monstera deliciosa thrives in bright to medium indirect light. It can tolerate low light, but its growth will slow, and the leaves may not develop their characteristic holes. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, so it’s best to avoid placing your Monstera in direct sun.

Watering: Water your Monstera when the top 2-3 inches of soil feel dry. This plant  prefers the soil to be slightly moist but not waterlogged. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so ensure good drainage in the pot. Reduce watering in the winter when the plant's growth naturally slows down.

Humidity: While Monstera deliciosa can tolerate average household humidity, it thrives in a more humid environment. Consider using a humidifier or misting the plant regularly to increase humidity, especially if you notice the leaf edges turning brown.

Temperature: Keep temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C). Avoid sudden temperature drops and cold drafts, as Monsteras are sensitive to cold.

Child and Pet Safety: Like many members of the Philodendron family, Monstera deliciosa is toxic if ingested. Its leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause irritation and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and stomach in pets and humans. It is recommended to keep this plant out of reach of children and pets.

General Tips: Fertilize every month during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Clean the leaves regularly to remove dust and enhance photosynthesis. As the plant matures, consider providing a support structure like a moss pole to mimic its natural climbing habit and to support its weight.

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