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Monstera Deliciosa: The Bold and Beautiful Houseplant

Big, bold, and beautiful are just some of the common descriptions for the Monstera deliciosa plant. Native to the rainforests of Central America, this stunning plant features large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with characteristic splits, giving it a unique appearance. You'll also notice intricate aerial roots growing from the soil, which help support the plant's stems. Often showcased in glossy interior magazines and eye-catching landscape projects, Monstera deliciosa serves as a striking feature plant in any home. These easy-to-grow climbing evergreens are a must-have for your indoor space.

Swiss Cheese Plant leaves with a white background.

General Care for Monstera Deliciosa

Sunlight

  • Prefers indirect sunlight or a shaded area.

Water

  • Water regularly, about once a week, during the growing season.

Humidity

  • Suitable for all climatic zones. Mist to increase humidity if needed.

Soil

  • Use a rich, high-quality, well-draining potting mix.

Indoor Monstera Deliciosa with a large open face.

Common Problems and Solutions

Keeping your Monstera Deliciosa clean by wiping dust or debris off the leaves with a damp sponge or paper towel can help prevent pests. However, common pests like mealybugs, aphids, thrips, scale, and spider mites can still invade. If you spot any, spray the plant with a direct stream of water or wash the leaves with insecticidal soap.

Symptom: Wilting Leaves

  • Cause: Overwatering, which is the first sign of root rot.
  • Solution: Adjust your watering routine to avoid overwatering.

Symptom: Browning/Yellowing Leaves

  • Cause: Underwatering.
  • Solution: Increase the frequency of watering.

Precautions

Monstera Deliciosa plants are considered mildly toxic to both pets and humans, so it's best to keep them out of reach of children and animals.

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