July 26th, 2022
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Monstera siltepecana. This silver leaved Monstera is native to Southern Mexico and Central America and belongs to the Araceae or Aroid plant family. If you love Monstera and are looking to expand your collection, theSiltepecana is a great one to add. In its native habitat, the juvenile form of this plant grows near the base of trees. As it climbs, mature leaves will develop fenestrations. Given the right conditions this plant can take off in your home. Make sure to provide a moss pole or support structure to achieve mature, fenestrated leaves.
Let’s talk about care. Like all Monstera, the Siltepecana will love soaking up a lot of bright, indirect light. Some direct light in the morning is great, but make sure to shade from intense, afternoon sun. When it comes to watering, allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry thoroughly before giving a good soak. In the winter, cut back and allow your plant to dry a bit between watering. Our favorite soil for all Aroid’s is the Sol Soils Houseplant Mix. It has great drainage which is perfect for these plants. Hot tip – added humidity will keep you Monstera happy! We love the Continuous Spray Bottle for use at home. As always, with plant parenting sometimes comes with pests. Check for pests weekly while watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand to treat as needed.