June 27, 2022
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Monstera deliciosa, more commonly known as split-leaf philodendron. Monstera deliciosa belong to the Araceae or Aroid plant family. This is a species of flowering plant (yes flowering!) that is native to the tropical forests of southern Mexico, south to Panama. In some areas it is even become mildly invasive. Monstera deliciosa has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years for its easy care and amazing fenestrations (perforations in the leaves), not to mention its large leaves. In the right conditions the Monstera can grow 1-2 feet per year.
Let’s talk about care. When it comes to light, your Monstera plant is indoors it is going to want bright, indirect sunlight. If you do place your plants outdoors, they will need a nice shady spot; direct sun as it will burn the leaves. A summer spent outdoors is optimal for Monstera as they thrive in humidity and heat. Monstera deliciosa, like other aroids, are going to want a nice, chunky, arid mix. We recommend the Sol Soils Houseplant Mix, or simply add extra orchid bark and perlite to an alll purpose potting mist. Allow your plant to dry 3-4 inches down between watering. Increase watering in the summer as the soil will dry down more quickly with added heat and longer days.
As always check weekly for pests. Watch out for the usual suspects - mealy bugs, and spider mites. Keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand to treat as needed. Fertilizing your plant with Schultz All Purpose Liquid Plant Food during active growth and they will explode with growth!
Monstera deliciosa is available in greenhouse in multiple sizes 4”, 6”, 10”, and 14” pots. If you have additional questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us - email@example.com