Monstera – Tropical beast of the Plant world

monstera plant

If you are a plant enthusiast or a huge nature lover, you must be familiar with the plant species known as “Monstera” or have at least once participated in celebrating “Monstera Monday” with your plant community. 

The botanical beauty that you spot almost anywhere.

Monstera, sometimes known as the “Swiss cheese plant,” are native plants to temperate climates such as Central and South America or equatorial islands. When grown in their ideal conditions, Monstera can climb up to 20m tall, and their leaves can grow up to 1m in diameter. They really live up to their reputation as true beasts of the tropical world! The nickname “Monstera” also originates from their famous monstrous leaf patterns.

In recent years, it has become a popular houseplant due to its captivating waxy, huge leaves with intricately cut and perforated holes. So even if you’ve never heard of this plant, you’ve probably seen it before without even realizing it. You might have caught a glimpse of a Monstera while reading interior design articles or passing by some random showroom, business, or cafe.

Monstera deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa and their distinctive perforated holes.

Besides giving the Monstera a unique and iconic look, the holes in its leaves also help with wind resistance and drainage for the plant to survive in tropical conditions. These perforations also enable Monstera to scatter more light. Monstera vines climb higher each day to acquire more sunlight as they mature. Their large leaves can eventually block the sunlight for those understory plants. With the help of Monstera leaf fenestration, understory plants can get sun flecks or small beams of sunlight that pass through the Monstera canopy to thrive.

Monstera adansonii

Monstera adansonii, a cousin of the famous representative Monstera deliciosa.

Slowly making their way into people’s hearts and homes.

Most Monstera species are low-maintenance and can be cared for in the same way. Some varieties, however, such as variegated monsteras, may require more attention and care than others. But rest assured that they’re incredibly adaptable even in a challenging environment, so don’t worry too much! Apart from the aesthetically pleasing look, this plant is also widely adored because it is known as one of the easiest tropical plants ever.

Since Monstera is originally from the tropics, mimicking its natural habitat is an ideal way to help the plant thrive at its best. They are jungle monsters who love to climb and crawl, so it’s best to place them in spacious areas of the house where they can roam their lush leaves freely.

Also, Monsteras are very easy-going when it comes to light requirements, so you can always find a suitable spot in the house for this houseplant. Usually, a semi-shaded area with sufficient indirect light throughout the day will work just fine. Just remember to keep them away from bright direct sunlight, as their majestic leaves can be prone to burning.

Monstera plant

The quintessential jungle plant that looks good everywhere you put it.

They adore high humidity but are also very forgiving when you accidentally under or over-water them. Make sure to keep an eye on the plant and give it a heavy drink whenever the soil’s surface dries out, or the leaves begin to look droopy. Also, choose a soil composition that retains water yet drains effectively to prevent root rot.

Monstera Borsigiana Albo Variegata

Mesmerizing patterns on a Monstera Borsigiana Albo Variegata.

Indeed, Monstera is a one-of-a-kind plant that never fails to amaze and motivate us in our gardening endeavours. So, if you have the chance, bring a Monstera home and give it lots of love and attention!

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