- Botanical Name: Monstera Deliciosa
- Common Name(s): Split-leaf philodendron, Swiss cheese plant, Windowleaf, Cutleaf Philodendron, Hurricane Plant, Mexican Breadfruit
- Light: Bright
- Water: Moderate
- Soil: Peat based potting mix
- Pet Friendly: No
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Description & Care Instructions:
The Split Leaf Philodendron also called Monstera deliciosa, is a largely popular, and easy to care for houseplant. These plants are native to the jungles of Central America, have big glossy heart-shaped leaves that, as the plant matures, split from the leaf edge to the center vein. These slits in the leaves are called cuts. The slits in the leaves will appear as the plant matures. Use a deep pot to plant your Monstera in and place a stake in the pot with it so it can climb. Use plant ties to attach it to the stake and hold it up.
Monstera Deliciosa does best with bright, indirect light. Direct light in the warm summer months can cause the foliage to burn. Keeping that in mind, it is still a good idea to place your Monstera outside once in a while in the sun to generate nice growth.
Water often during the Spring and Summer months. This plant does best when you let the soil dry slightly between waterings. Do not saturate the soil, it should not feel soggy.
Temp & Humidity:
Being a jungle plant, Monstera likes a higher temperature and humidity level. Keep the temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Mist the foliage often to keep humidity levels up. If needed, place the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water.
Use a good quality peat-based potting mix with good drainage.
Use a liquid fertilizer every few weeks during the Spring and Summer months. Stop feeding during the Winter.
Toxicity to pets:
Although Monstera Deliciosa is a very popular and trendy plant it is toxic to pets. The plant contains insoluble calcium oxalates which can cause oral irritation, pain, and swelling of mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.*
*Visit the ASPCA.org website for more information.