The Monstera Deliciosa, otherwise known as the split leaf philodendron is characterized by bright green leaves that feature splits throughout the leaves. These plants originated in Southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Botanical Name: Monstera Deliciosa
Nicknames: Swiss Cheese Plant, Split-Leaf Philodendron, Windowleaf Plant, Ceriman, Mexican Breadfruit Plant
Origin: Southern Mexico and Guatemala
Size: May grow to be several feet tall with leaves as large as a foot in length.
Lighting: The Monstera Deliciosa requires very bright yet indirect sunlight.
Watering: Thoroughly water when first few inches of soil have dried, avoid overwatering.
Fertilizing: Feed monstera every 2 weeks spring, summer, and fall with a liquid fertilizer half diluted. Feed monthly during the winter.
Temperature: The Monstera prefers temperatures of 65-85°F
Humidity: Monstera thrives in average to high humidity.
Pruning: Keep the large monstera leaves clean and dust free, be sure to trim aggressively as plants tend to grow large and quick.
Pests: Mealy Bugs, spider mites, Aphids, scale
Disease: Erwinia Blight, Xanthomonas Leaf Spot, and Leaf Tip Burn
Poison Information: Monstera is a level 2 poisonous plant.