The Monstera Deliciosa is perhaps the most easily recognizable houseplant, thanks to its huge, fenestrated leaves, and massive size the plant can reach. A very popular house plant for its 'Jungle Vibes', the Monstera Deliciosa is sometimes referred to as Breadfruit Plant, Split-Leaf Philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant, and a few others. The Monstera Deliciosa is NOT, in fact, a philodendron at all.
This plant is a very easy one to care for when you are aware of it's needs. The number one most important thing to consider when caring for a Monstera is WATERING. These guys are particularly susceptible to root rot from over-watering, and they usually come from the growers in a heavy, moisture-retaining soil mix (why, we'll never understand!) We plant all of our Monstera Deliciosa in a very chunky soil blend. This allows for fast drainage, and ensures that the roots have plenty of air to breathe, thus avoiding root rot.
These beautiful aroids are climbers, when given the opportunity. If not given something to climb, they will sprawl all over the place in your apartment or home. We definitely recommend a moss pole for these to climb, or, at the very least, to support its large limbs as it grows.
A common misconception is that Monstera Deliciosa is a low light plant. While they can survive in medium to lower light conditions, they will not thrive. Their growth will be stunted, leaves will be smaller, and they may not develop the fenestrations (the splits in the leaves) that they are so well known for. We recommend the brightest spot inside the home for your Monstera. **If this is direct sunshine, we also recommend tempering your plant to it over the course of a couple weeks. Start 10 to 15 feet away, and get a foot or 2 closer to the sunny spot each day until its leaves adjust to the sun and heat.
Don't forget a Moss Pole!