Monstera deliciosa is one of the most preferred indoor plants in homes and offices. So what kind of plant is monstera? How to care?
Growing for the beauty of their leaves, for decoration, the monstera is a tropical rainforest plant. The leaves become gigantic as far as the sun can see.
The monstera plant’s homeland is north of Peru, countries as far as Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, and the south of Mexico. Its habitat is tropical rainforests with heavy rainfall. It develops in rainforests among giant trees with little leaves and rapid elongation to reach the sun in dark shady places. When climbing trees reach enough sun, stem elongation almost stops, and new leaves develop, perhaps fifty-fold gigantic. Even if it does not receive direct sunlight, it also grows with giant leaves in severe light conditions.
Monstera Deliciosa Care
Growing a monstera plant is easy, with just a few tricks. He is not one of the coy types. It doesn’t have much sensitivity, either.
No matter how perfectly nutritious the soil is, the size of the monster leaves depends on the light’s intensity. There is no need for direct sun, but it would be great to get the sun in the morning and after the afternoon. Even if there is no sun, the leaves can become gigantic as long as the place where it is located can be very bright.
Size of Monstera Pot
Depending on your monstera’s size, you need a flowerpot that will fit the roots very comfortably. Because it takes root quickly, and the stem grows longer. The more roots, the stronger the plant will grow
Monstera is not sensitive to the nature of the water. Do not water with freezing water only. The warmer the weather, the more frequent the irrigation should be. You can water the soil every day in the hot summer, even if it does not dry out. But strictly provided that the place is airy. Ensure that the soil is thoroughly washed by irrigation in the bathroom or balcony every three months.
Peat soil specific to salon plants alone is sufficient for Monstera, which is small, not very heavy. But after growing a little, pumice stone must be mixed into the soil because the heavier plant compresses the soil and causes the roots to be too tight. This either interrupts the development or spoils the roots and rots them. If you make a mixture of 3 parts peat soil + 1 part pumice stone, the roots will not be airless.
Note1: Peat soil is formed when plants grow in humid and over-rainy areas, such as swamps and lakeside, collapse to the bottom of the water and rot over the years. It creates a suitable growth environment for the plant by regulating the soil’s air and humidity.
Note2: Pumice stone is made of volcanic rocks, inorganic materials. Its structure is very porous. It is widely used in agriculture, sapling planting, ornamental plant production.
It adapts to less humid weather by not overextending its leaves. Extremely low humidity compared to high temperature may be a problem due to excessive heat.
65°F-85°F (18°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 60°F (15°C).
- Nitrogenous fertilizers, nitrogen-rich plant foods cause root and stem rot.
- Incorrect watering and improper fertilization.
- The period you will leave out the monstera plant should be when the night temperature does not drop below 17C (62 F).
- Fungal diseases can rot roots due to excessive watering in cool weather.
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