How to Keep a Monstera Plant Alive

Monstera has an alter ego.

That makes sense when one of your names is Monstera.

You should have an alter ego with a name that sounds like an opposite aesthetic.

It’s alter ego is Swiss Cheese Plant.

By day, Swiss Cheese. By night, Monstera!

That’s what I love about Monstera.

Monstera is native to the tropical forests of Mexico and will grow up neighboring trees until it reaches the sunlight.

It’s name should give you a clue about it’s size. Monstera gets BIG. So make sure you have room for it.

How Keep A Monstera Plant Alive

Ok, here are the essentials: water, light, soil and fertilizer so that you can make it just right for your Monstera plant.

Water

Monstera likes to be watered when the top inch of soil has dried out. You might notice that in the warmer months that means you are watering more frequently.

They also like some humidity since they are used to tropical forests. You can increase the humidity in the air around the plant with a pebble tray. Just fill a tray or dish with some pebbles & water and place it near the plant.

If you find the plant is still needing some additional humidity, you might want to get a humidifier.

Light

Monstera is used to the forest which means it will generally have taller trees growing over it that block some sunlight.

But it will also be looking for sunlight, so much so that it will use a neighboring tree to grow up towards it.

So, in your home, bright, indirect light should work well for Monstera. Avoid direct light because it can cause sunburn on those big leaves.

Soil

Because Monstera does like to be watered more than some other plants, you want to make sure that you have a good all purpose potting soil that drains well. Keep an eye on the soil and if it needs aerating, you can poke it with a skewer every now and then.

Make sure you aren’t allowing the excess water to sit in the dish of the pot after watering.

Fertilizer

You can feed Monstera once a month during its growing season (spring summer).

Problems to Watch Out for with Monstera

Besides that it can grow really, really large, there aren’t a lot of “problems” to worry about with Monstera.

Here are some things to keep an eye on.

#1. Yellowing leaves.

This is almost always due to over-watering.

Allow the soil to dry out a bit and then cut back on the water and see if things improve.

#2. Droopy leaves.

This is the opposite problem. If you notice your Monstera leaves looking kind of lifeless, the plant probably needs water.

Check the soil and give it a drink if it needs it.