Before delving into plant-related care, let’s get to know Monstera a bit. Monstera Deliciosa is also identified as the hurricane plant and swiss cheese plant. Though Monstera is no longer classified in the philodendron category, still, some people call them split-leaf philodendron.
No matter whatever you call them, it’s undeniable that Monstera indoor plants make their own statement. The plant is everywhere, even in wall art, clothing print, and on pillows. Thanks to Monstera’s large green leaves, they create a classy and tropical aesthetic in your home. The most interesting part of the big green leaves is the holes from where the nickname of the swiss cheese plant has come to exist.
Caring for the Plant
Though caring for these plants is easy, there are few tricks that you have to learn to manage these plants indoors.
Potting: You have to plant your Monstera in a pot that has enough depth to include a moss-covered stick for it to climb and drainage holes.
Light: It can grow in low light but for robust, large leaves place them in front of indirect but bright sunlight.
Water: As they don’t need a lot of water, look out for the soil. When the top of the soil is one or two inches dry, then water it but don’t soak it.
Fertilizer: Although the plant doesn’t need fertilizer often, you can use indoor plant liquid fertilizer in summer and spring.
Humidity: the plants don’t need water much but they love humidity. So, place them near a humidifier or on a pebble tray.
Pruning: the plant can grow, so, if you don’t want them to take over your house then cut it every two years. You can also prune it to give your desired shape.
Cleaning: Every other week, you have to clean the leaves gently with a damp, clean cloth to clear any dust on the leaves. This way, the plant’s photosynthesis will be uninterrupted.
Holes in the Leaves
Though there are numerous theories, nobody can’t say the exact reason behind the holes in the leaves.
The holes might help them to withstand heavy rain in the rainforest. Or, it can also assist to resist heavy wind during tropical storms. That’s why they are called hurricane plants.
Another likely explanation is that the holes help the rest of the plant to gather some sunlight in a rainforest. Below the canopy, Monstera needs to adapt to its surroundings and the holes might help them get water and sunlight as needed.
Origin of the Plant
Monsteras are native to the tropical rainforests of Central America and Mexico. These vine plants also grow flowers with fruits like pineapple. Thus, they are also known as Monstera deliciosa as their scientific name.
The plant is a relative to pothos and philodendron and they like to climb up big trees and can grow beautiful, big leaves even indoors.
Though the leaves look like palm trees, the leaves have holes which are called fenestration.
There you have it! There’s a lot to learn about this magnificent plant but for now, you can start with these three facts regarding Monstera indoors plants.