Monstera care guide

Monsteras always seemed like incredible plants to me and I got myself my first Monstera as a Christmas gift half a year ago. Today I think I got to know this plant well enough to give some tips about Monstera care.

One of the most important decisions about a Monstera plant is the decision where it’ll be put. Monsteras need bright light to thrive but direct sunlight can burn them so it’s best to find a light and the place without direct sunlight. Also, if all the leaves will turn into the source of light, rotate the pot from time to time to make the monstera look at its best.

When it comes to watering the Monstera plant, it’s essential to check if the top 3-4 cm of the soil is dry and water the plant only then. If the top of the soil is even a little bit wet, do not water the plant. Actually, at the very beginning when I got my first Monstera plant, I overwatered it. I found out about that only when the new leaf grew and half of it wasn’t green but dark grey. I googled that I learned that it’s what happens when you overwater the plant. So first check the soil and only when it’s dry water the plant.

Like most of the plants, Monsteras also need fertilizers. Lately, for all my plants I was using dry fertilizing sticks that need to be put in the soil and then the plant is being fertilized each time it’s being watered. And that one stick lasts around three months. It’s the only fertilizer I’ve used for my Monstera yet because during Winter it didn’t need any nutritions but as the growth period started I put a fertilizer stick in its soil. It was growing quite quickly since then and looks gorgeous. However, liquid fertilizers and all the other fertilizers for indoor plants should be fertilizing for it.

One more thing I want to share with you is about reporting Monsteras. Young Monsteras should be reported when the pot is visibly too small for them and since the Monstera is 3-4 years old, it should be reported every 2-3 years. I think my Monstera was growing in the same pot for quite a while because I could see its roots trying to get out from the bottom holes of the pot so I repotted it this Spring. Honestly, I took an old package of soil I still had from last year and when I was putting the soil in a new pot I saw many worms in it. My first reaction was that I need to get rid of them and use soil without any worms but I hadn’t it at the moment so all I could do was read if worms can harm plants. Apparently, worms are very beneficial for plants because they eat unhealthy roots, they aerate the soil and fertilise it naturally. After reading that, I decided to give them a try and keep an eye on my Monstera plant. In case it couldn’t live surrounded by worms for the next 2-3 years, I’d repot it sooner. Well, but four months passed since that reporting and Monstera seems very well so I’ll probably keep it that way.

Besides, Monsteras are climbing plants so it’s good to have something to hold it whether it’s a special holder or another, stronger plant.

That’s all that must be known about Monstera plants. I consider it to be easy to take care of the plant because once it’s put in a good spot, all you need to take care of is watering and fertilizing. If you already have a Monstera plant, I wish it grow strong and healthy, and if you don’t have it yet… Your home is missing the tropical vibes! 

June 10, 2019
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