Monstera - Growing Instructions & Care

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Monstera (maan·str·uh)
Family: Araceae
Common Name:  Swiss Cheese Plant, Monstera, Mexican Breadfruit, Delicious Monster, Swiss Cheese Vine
Botanical name: Monstera Deliciosa, Monstera adansonii, Monstera Peru, Monstera Siam
Pet Friendly: No

Looking to bring some tropical vibes into your home? Monstera plants might just be the perfect choice for you! These stunning houseplants are beloved for their unique foliage and ease of care. With dozens of species to choose from, including the popular Monstera deliciosa and Monstera adansonii, you're sure to find a variety that fits your personal style. To keep your monstera plants happy and healthy, make sure to provide them with plenty of bright, indirect light, well-draining soil, and adequate humidity. And if you're in need of high-quality monstera plants or supplies, look no further than American Plant Supply. With these simple tips, you'll be well on your way to cultivating a thriving monstera plant collection! 


These indoor plants can handle low light, but if you want them to grow faster and produce larger leaves, provide medium to bright indirect light. In a north- or east-facing window, you can place them close to access more sun, or you can keep them out of reach of direct light in a south- or west-facing window. (Learn more about light requirements for indoor plants)


Monstera love a good soaking after the soil has almost completely dried out. Water more often during the warmer months while they are growing, and reduce watering during the winter months, letting the soil almost completely dry out between watering. Monstera adansonii need to be watered more frequently than the larger leafed deliciosa because the adansonii's leaves are thinner and hold less moisture.


You may need to transplant your monstera every year or so, depending on how fast it grows. We recommend using a soil mixture that is rich in organic matter, has good drainage, and is light and loose. Most bagged potting soil will be fine, but avoid potting mixes that contain moisture retaining crystals, and they can keep the soil wet for long periods, which can cause root damage. 


The Monstera will grow in most household temperatures, but a temperature between 65-85℉ is ideal. They can survive in temperatures as low as 50℉, but the cold temperature will stop growth.


All species in the Monstera genus benefit from higher humidity levels. The best way to increase humidity is to add a humidifier to your room. Trays filled with pebbles and water can help increase the humidity immediately around your plants, or try grouping your indoor plants closer together.


These houseplants love to be fertilized during their active growing season, so be sure to use either ¼-diluted fish emulsion with iron or ¼-diluted complete liquid fertilizer twice a month. Another option is to top dress your plants in the spring with a compost (like worm castings). This will slowly release nutrients to the roots throughout the growing season. 

Growth Rate

Monstera once they are established are fast growers. Monstera deliciosa can reach dizzying heights up to 12+ feet or more indoors when given the right conditions. Monstera adansonii, Peru, Siam and other smaller leaved Monstera can grow as long as you like, but it is recommended to prune the back to keep them from getting leggy.

Pro Tips

  1. Rotate your monstera to promote a full, balanced indoor plant.
  2. When you are trimming the houseplant, cut under the node (swollen nodule where the leaves and aerial roots form) in order to propagate a new plant!
  3. Always check the leaves (top and bottom) during your care sessions. Check for unwanted guests (pests and diseases).
  4. Use a well draining soil that is rich in organic matter when re-potting your monstera.
  5. Use a sturdy stake when staking up your Monstera deliciosa as the foliage and stems can become heavy.