Searching for a delightful home décor plant to alleviate the eyes and add contentment to home. Monstera Deliciosa will be the ideal choice. It is also called the Swiss Cheese plant as it has large shiny leaves with holes reminiscent of those in Swiss Cheese. It is a scene-stealer in any establishment.
This plant is also known as a delicious monster, ceriman, monster fruit, monsterio delicio, monstereo, Mexican breadfruit, fruit salad plant, window leaf, fruit salad tree (in reference to its edible fruit, which tastes similar to a fruit salad), balazo, and Penglai banana.
Monstera Deliciosa, as the name suggests Deliciosa means “delicious”, referring to the edible fruit, while monstera means “monstrous” as the plant can grow over 10 meters in many cases.
Light Requirements for Monstera
The plant needs bright indirect light and temperatures of 20–30 °C. The plant can grow in bright indoors or shaded outdoors Position the plant on the windowsill and enjoy the splendor. South-facing windows will be the best option as they get bright sunlight throughout the day. Flowering is rare when grown indoors.
Monstera is sensitive to overwatering and doesn’t want soggy soil. water This plant twice a week or when the soil is dried out a little.
Monstera & Its Location
It is a species of flowering plant and is native to tropical forests of southern Mexico, south to Panama. The species is mildly invasive in Hawaii, Seychelles, Ascension Island, and the Society Islands. Also, This plant likes humid tropical forests. It is found in the lowlands and middle mountains, in the extreme south of Mexico, and in Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama.
Monstera Deliciosa Care
propagating in Monstera deliciosa is done with seeds and stem cutting. The seeds will be germinated in few weeks however seedlings are exceptionally sluggish to grow. The best method is to root the plant cutting.
Monstera deliciosa is a tropical jungle plant and requires a spacious pot and rich, nutrient-dense soil. Good quality potting soil with peat moss will work best for the plant. The soil must be well-drained to avoid water retention. Make sure to repot the plant every year or two to a bigger pot than the one before.
The plant needs monthly fertilization with water-soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer diluted. However, adding compost twice a year helps to maintain a good quality of the soil.
FAQ’s About Monstera
Is the Monstera plant available in India?
Yes, It is available in India. The species found in India is not a fruit crop though. In India, it is found in the southern and western parts of India. Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Goa are just a few examples.
Is it good to have a Monstera plant at home?
Monstera is certainly a scene-stealer and since it favors a warm and humid environment it is an ideal choice as an indoor plant. It makes the surrounding attractions and is very pleasing to the eyes.
Why does my Monstera have no holes?
Some premature plant leaves do not have holes in it. If it keeps growing without the holes the problem will be insufficient sunlight. Make sure to fertilize well and keep in bright shady areas for appropriate growth.
How do I know if my Monstera is healthy?
A healthy plant will have deep green, waxy leaves. Some discoloration is normal when older leaves die. however, if multiple yellow, brown, or dead leaves are found it indicates health problems. Take time to identify some common issues like overwatering, water retention, over or inadequate sunlight.
Does Monstera purify the air?
Large-leafed plants are most effective for reducing air pollution.
Is monstera toxic?
Unfortunately, This plant contains insoluble calcium oxalates. Thus, This chemical can cause burning of the lips and mouth, excessive drooling, oral swelling, and vomiting if ingested in excess. It is best to keep the plant out of reach from kids and pets in the house.