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9/24/15Plant-o-pedia: Monstera


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 a little bit wild- totally jungalicious!


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

WATER: Water regularly, but let the top 1″ (2.5 cm) 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.


Danae Horst Danae Horst

Total plant geek. Photographer & stylist. Editorial director at The Jungalow. Check out my new botanical pop-up shop and design firm, Folia Collective.

7 responses to “Plant-o-pedia: Monstera”

  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!

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