Once you’ve unboxed your monstera deliciosa plant and unwrapped all of the elements, discard (or upcycle!) the packaging. Watch out for any dirt that may have loosened in shipment. Pro Tip: Prefer an even playing field? Gently shake the plant back and forth to level out any soil that shifted in the box.
Important Note: Monsteras are toxic to cats and dogs so please make sure to keep this plant in a spot where your fur babies won’t be able to get to it.
Humidity, they love it!! Water your plant when the top portion (~ 1-2”) of the soil becomes dry. Allow the water to drain through the entire pot and don’t let it get “wet feet” (sit in water!) otherwise it will be prone to developing root rot. If you live in a colder climate, to increase humidity, put rocks underneath your plastic pot in your vessel
Do your best to keep the leaves clean (no dust bunnies there!) and mist the leaves regularly so your plant stays happy like they would be if they were in the tropics.
Location, Location, Location
Tropical plants prefer a place where it will get that nice bright early morning light, but not the harsh afternoon light as it will cause the leaves to burn and stunt their growth!
We’re letting you in on a game-changing plant hack - propagation! This may be old news for those of you who’ve been plant obsessed for some time, but for you newbies, this technique uses clippings of one plant to make even more! You’ll need one cutting with 4-5 leaves and nodes (nodes are the little nodules where either an aerial root has sprouted or a new leaf splits off from the vine), sterile scissors or clippers, a clear vase or vessel, water, and a little bit of patience.
Take your clipping and make cuts on both sides of each root/node, separating the vine into sections. As a result, you should have 4-5 individual leaves with the nodes and roots intact at the base of their stem. Clean off any excess greenery at the base that would decompose in the water later on. After letting the cuttings dry out a bit (around 10 minutes?), fit and arrange them into the vessel. Once the root systems begin to develop it will be more challenging to rearrange them, so keep your pot and location in mind when placing the leaves. Add enough water to the vessel to cover the roots and voila! After about two weeks you’ll start to see new growth and in around 2-3 months your plant will be ready for soil!
Defeat the droop! Droopy leaves mean too much water or not enough time between waterings. Don’t worry though, Monstera is very resilient and can come back to life even if you’ve overwatered. Just keep her in a shaded area and let her/the soil fully drain (aim to dry out the top 1-2” of soil before you water again).
Curb the crispy ! Browning or crisping at your Monstera’s leaf edges means too much direct sunlight (so best to relocate it to a shadier spot!), or not enough water or too much time between watering (so try a little more H2O and get a good schedule down and your Monstera will be good as new!)