The name Monstera is believed to come from the Latin word 'Monstrum', which refers to the giant monstrously big leaves of this plant. There are a total of 22 different Monstera Plants but the Monstera Deliciosa, or "Swiss Cheese plant", is probably the most famous. These guys are all over TikTok, the influencer of the plant world. Check it out for yourself! After you've picked up your own new Monstera of course...

  • Toxic to pets and children
  • Repot once every 2 years
  • Fertilize every every other week
  • Bright, indirect light
  • Average water

About Monsteras


The name Monstera possibly derives from the Latin 'Monstrum,' reflecting its monstrous leaves, though the exact origin remains uncertain. With a total of 22 species, all related to the Philodendron, Monsteras are native to tropical South America. These climbing plants can reach heights of up to 20 meters, showcasing their impressive aerial roots. These aerial roots are commonly used to make baskets in Mexico!

Air Purification

Wouldn't ya know it! With leaves like that, the Monstera obviously shines in this department. The Monstera is an excellent air purifier. The larger the leaves, the better plants are at air purifying!


Unfortunately Monsteras are poisonous to small children and pets. Cats are known to take a bit out of their leaves but will regret it quickly. Try to keep your Monstera out of reach from your little ones.

How to care for a Monstera


The Monstera is not particularly thirsty. Do make sure that the soil is slightly moist at all times. Even more so than with most other plants: do not over water your Monstera. Though they like their soil moist, they don't recover well from over-watering. Root rot is of particular concern if there is no good drainage in your pot!

Light and Placement

Monsteras are pretty easy going with where you put them. Just make sure you don't put yours in direct sunlight. Bright spots are good but Monsteras grow fine in the shadow too. As with most plants, do turn the pot every now and again to make sure your Monstera doesn't grow in the direction of the light.


Add some plant food every two weeks in Summer. Fertilizer isn't necessary in the winter as your amigo is using less energy.


Give your Monstera room to grow by repotting it about once every two years. The best time to do this is near the end of winter or start of spring. Monsteras love to climb, so as your plant gets bigger, consider adding a moss pole or trellis to keep it sturdy!

Pruning and Flowering

Pruning your Monstera is essential for maintaining its health and appearance. Regular pruning helps control its size, shape, and encourages new growth. Trim away any yellowing or damaged leaves, as well as any leggy or overgrown stems. Additionally, you can prune to promote bushier growth by cutting back long vines or removing old, spent leaves. Remember to use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to prevent damage to the plant. Monstera cuttings are great for propagating!

Monstera SOS


While Monsteras are generally hardy and tolerant plants, overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues. It's essential to allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent waterlogged conditions. Keep an eye out for common pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects, which can infest Monstera plants. Regularly inspecting your plant and promptly addressing any pest issues or signs of overwatering can help keep your Monstera healthy!

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