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Plant-o-pedia: Monstera deliciosa


The monstera (often referred to as a Split Leaf Philodendron, though it isn’t actually in the same genus as the Philodendrons) is a favorite of ours for adding a little green to a room- pop a leaf or two in a pretty vessel and you have the impact of a plant, in a more compact form. As gorgeous as a single leaf can be, bring in a full Monstera plant and you’ve got a major visual upgrade- with those graphic leaves, and its vine-like stems that can get pretty wild- totally jungalicious!


GET THE GREEN: Split-Leaf ‘Philodendron’, Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera delicosa)

WATER: Water regularly, but let the top 1″-2″ of soil dry completely between waterings. Water less in winter.

SUNLIGHT: Moderate to bright indirect light.

PLACEMENT: This is a big, upright plant that looks great on the floor in a large statement pot, either next to a wall or as a room divider.

EXTRA CREDIT: Aerial roots will grow from the stem- tuck those that will reach into the soil and secure upper roots to a planting stake. Wipe leaves regularly with a soft cloth to reduce dust and keep them glossy.

WORD OF CAUTION: All parts of this plant are poisonous to both people and pets.

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Photo credit: 1) Justina Blakeney   2) Emily & Kerby‘s home by Dabito from The New Bohemians 

Plant-o-Pedia excerpt from The New Bohemians with thanks to Stephanie Bartron.


Alternative Text Danae Horst

Total Plant Geek. Check out my botanical shop and design firm, Folia Collective.

10 responses to “Plant-o-pedia: Monstera deliciosa”

  1. Melanie says:

    Mine is a little guy right now…but I JUST repotted it into a sweet pot and I know it’s going to get huge!

  2. David says:

    Having one tree makes my living room brighter and more lovely.

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  4. Anthony says:

    This will be a great idea for decorating my kitchen. I love my kitchen so much. Thank you for sharing this post!

  5. Tracey says:

    This was so helpful. I have two littles I just got and I think I was frying them. I’ve moved them back away from my east facing window and hopefully they will love life a little more. Thanks!

  6. Alex says:

    With the help of this I am going to give my home a more fresh and greener look.

  7. Evelyn says:

    This would be a great idea to decorate my room. I love my kitchen a lot. Thank you for sharing this post!

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