Monstera deliciosa also known as Swiss chees plant or split-leaf philodendron is a flowering plant belonging to the Araceae family. The plant is native to tropical forests in southern Mexico and south Panama. Monstera is a huge floor plant popular for its uniquely designed leaves with natural holes. The landscapers love to grow it as a houseplant to provide an attractive look to the space.
The climbing, evergreen perennial can attain heights up to 60 feet or more in desired conditions. It bears large, glossy, and heart-shaped leaves which themselves can grow about 1 to 2 feet long in a year. As the plant grows, many intricate aerial roots grow out of the soil supporting the plant to hold leaves. Its tannish-cream flowers attract bees and butterflies to the garden. The edible fruits are juicy with the combined flavor of banana and pineapple.
The Monstera grows to its full potential in partial shade or filtered light. These plants love bright indirect sunlight. Excessive or direct sunlight can cause burn marks on leaves destroying their beauty and charm. Light is essential for the proper growth of the plant. If the plant is kept in a too-dark area for a long time, the green leaves will turn yellow.
As we already discussed, Monstera is a tropical plant and thrives only if it gets bright light. It requires moist and well-drained soil to grow well. Water the plants regularly to avoid drying out. Underwatering can lead to leaves drooping and even the plant may die. If you notice brown and crispy edges on the leaves, it is also a sign of drying out. An appropriate amount of water is required to keep the plant blooming. Overwatering can also harm the plant resulting in the leaves turning yellow and rotten roots.
Monstera is a quickly growing plant. But, it doesn’t require a lot of fertilizer even in the growing stage. Fertilizing them once a month during the growing period is enough for proper growth. Monstera should not be fertilized during fall and winter because the plants rest and prepare themselves for the coming season.
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