Plants provide some of the food humans eat and the oxygen they breathe. One of the plants famous for its natural leaf hole which has led to the rise of its nickname, Swiss Cheese Plant is the Monstera Plant. If you’re a plantsman or would love to grow a Monstera, then you’ve come to the right place!
Here is everything you will be learning in this guide:
- What is a Monstera Plant?
- How to grow a Monstera plant indoors?
- Why Monstera is considered one of the best plants?
What is a Monstera Plant?
Monstera Plant or known as the Swiss Cheese plant originated from southern Mexico to southern Panama. Monstera is thought to be derived from the Latin monstrum, which means monster, in referring to the foliage, however this is debatable. This plant belongs to the “Araceae” family, leaf-holes are called fenestrations and are theorized to maximize sun fleck capture on the forest floor by increasing the spread of the leaf while decreasing the mass of leaf cells to support.
There are two different species of Monstera as houseplants – Monstera deliciosa and Monstera adansonii.
Monstera Deliciosa – have longer leaves and are called “deliciosa” because they rarely produce flowers or edible fruit.
Monstera Adansonii – is the cheesiest of all monsteras. The leaves are thinner compared to the deliciosa.
How to grow a Monstera plant indoors?
First, you need to find a perfect spot to place your Monstera because it needs a lot of space for the leaves to grow and develop. Trimming the leaves is also an option if you don’t have a spacious room. Next, these are the most important part to consider before growing a monstera:
Pick the right soil for the plant and place it at a temperature that is not too hot and not cold. It should be water every 1 to 2 weeks depending on the soil if it dries early.
Pro tip: Monsteras can benefit from filtered water or water left out overnight before using.
Monstera plants should receive bright to medium indirect sunlight, not too much so that the leaves will not burn and turn brown.
Why is Monstera considered one of the best plants?
This thrives in open spaces and bears extremely nutritious fruits. It tastes like just a medley of delicious fruits, including strawberries, mangoes, and pineapple. Monstera plants are trendy recently since they are easy to care for and remain healthy in your home for the whole day. Several ladies believe it to be the ideal indoor plant since it provides an attractive ambiance, a peaceful view, and a soothing atmosphere on the inside of a home.
Monsteras can be irritating to cats, dogs, and humans if foliage is consumed. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.