I’ve recently started introducing plants into my home. I’ve had my eye on the Monstera Deliciosa for some time but found it was difficult to source. Luckily whilst in transition between jobs, my past employer graciously bought me one as a leaving present. Such a sweet sentiment!
So now I have a new addition to my collection but wasn’t sure how best to look after it…. So I got straight onto google and did my research. Here’s what I found;
WHAT IS IT?
More commonly known as the Cheese Plant, this is due to the shape of the leaves and its distinguishable large holes bearing resemblance to Swiss Cheese. The Monstera Deliciosa is part of the Araceae family; this family of plants is most commonly found in tropical regions. The Monstera Deliciosaoriginates from rainforests in Southern Mexico, and is found climbing up shrubs or trees. The roots of the plants are aerial roots, which means that they grow above ground, and the well-known features of the leaves are designed to protect them from being destroyed in torrential rain.
WHERE CAN IT GROW?
As these plants can grow up to 10ft in the right environment it’s no surprise that they need a decent amount of space to thrive, the leaves alone can span anywhere between 1.5m to 2.5m. The plant can take between 10 – 20 years to reach full height, which will make it a key prominent feature within any room. Because this plant is naturally grown with little direct light it’s best placed in a space which provides bright indirect light, with temperatures of around 20 -30 degrees which are perfect for me as I’m always cold!
LOOKING AFTER YOUR PLANT
The best time to water the Monstera Deliciosa is when 2 to 4 inches of the topsoil appears dry, and every once in a while loosen the soil to air it so the roots do not become suffocated. Make sure the plant is planted in a pot which provides drainage holes, and use moss sticks to help it grow. Make sure to water the moss stick when watering the plant, this helps the growing leaves and stems also get nutrients. As winter is dryer and provides less light, the Monstera Deliciosa needs less water. Make sure to keep an eye on the leaves, if they start to turn brown it symbolises the humidity in the room is to low to give them a good misting. Be careful not to over water, you will know if you are if you see the bottom leaves start going a lighter shade of green if this happens just let the top soil dry out and water it sparingly. Liquid fertiliser is best used once a month in summer, and the pot will need changing about every 2 years.
You can create new plants from your existing one through propagation, this process involves cutting a section of the plant and replanting it. You want to do this by:
Cut the stem just as close to the root base as you can get, make sure there are a few leaves already growing on the stem. Plant the cutting in equal parts of course sand and moistened peat in a pot and wait between 5-6 weeks for the roots to become established. Once you have done that carefully pot the cutting into a soil-based mixture and whola you have a new baby Monstera Deliciosa!
This plant is perfect for both light and colourful palettes within any room, make it a key feature or soften your environment I strongly recommend introducing this little beauty to your home!