The Monstera Deliciosa is a very popular indoor plant, thanks to all of the attention it receives for its stunning mature leaves!
One thing that many people are unaware of is that Monsteras can grow quite large indoors if properly tended for. In fact, they can reach a height of 2-3 metres (7-10 feet)!
Monsteras require a lot of room! Unless, of course, you want to cut them...
Monsteras are relatively easy to grow and maintain, so you shouldn't have any trouble growing a large plant in a short amount of time.
This is how my Monstera Deliciosa looked like the day I took it home. As you can see, there are only 3 fenestrated leaves, (the biggest ones at the top).
This is how my Monstera looks 20 months after! This is why I am telling you that you need space for these plants! This is not even 2 years worth of growth! You can definitely notice how many more fenestrated leaves the plant has grown. And the more the plant grows, the bigger the leaves become.
Monsteras are never exposed to direct sunlight in the wild because the foliage of the trees to which they are fastened filters the bulk of direct sunlight.
Monstera thrives under bright, indirect light inside. Windows with a north or east orientation are ideal.
The more intense light they receive, the more fenestrations on their leaves you'll observe.
Monsteras can also thrive in regions with moderate light. However, I've noticed a difference in growth and development between plants grown in medium light and those grown in bright, indirect light.
Water, Humidity & Fertilizing:
Like the majority of tropical plants, the Monstera Deliciosa thrives in highly humid environments.
Having said that, this is one of those plants that does quite well in the average home humidity. It doesn’t struggle for humidity like Prayer Plants or Calatheas.
In addition to its regular watering, I mist my Monstera twice a week with distilled water.
As far as water goes, Monsteras need to be watered when the top 1/4 or 1/3 of its soil is dry to the touch. I recommend fertilizing your Monstera every time you water it from Spring to Fall, by simply adding liquid fertilizer to your water.
Soil and Repotting
I recommend adding a good amount of perlite to your regular soil mix and to use a terracotta pot that promotes great drainage.
You know it’s time to repot your Monstera when the plant starts to tip its pot!
Or, when you lift it from its pot and you see its roots are crammed! Even though Monsteras like to be slightly root bound, there is a point in which, there is more roots than soil in the pot.
I propose using a terracotta pot with good drainage and adding a good amount of perlite to your regular soil mix.
When your Monstera starts to tilt over in its pot, it's time to repot it!
Or when you take it out of its pot and discover how crowded the roots are! Despite the fact that Monsteras prefer to be little root bound, there comes a moment when there are more roots in the pot than dirt.