Monster deliciosa Starter Plant 3.5"

Monster deliciosa Starter Plant 3.5"

$12.00Price

3.5" MONSTERA DELICIOSA STARTER PLANT

Split-leaf philodendron, Swiss cheese plant, Windowleaf, Ceriman

USDA Zone 10-12

Houseplant

 

Native to Central America Monsteras are unique, easy to grow houseplants with large leaves decorated with dramatic hole formations. While the starter plants you will receive are solid, the larger they grow, the more pronounced they will become. This climbing evergreen loves bright, indirect light, but can also grow under fluorescent lights or in low lit areas. These awesome plants are also tolerant of the occasional missed watering, making them the perfect plant for inexperienced plant parents*.

 

While you are receiving a small starter plant, the larger the get the more distinctive "Swiss cheese" leaf patterns you will see. These slits and holes are called fenestrations. A mature Monstera will grow to be 3 feet tall & long & 2-3 feet wide. The bloom in mid-summer with a cream or tan colored flower.

 

When grown in containers you want to choose a deep pot with many drainage holes. Your starter plant will need a relatively small pot which you should fill the bottom third with a peaty potting soil. Set the roots in the container & fill with soil around the roots. Once it gets larger, repot your plant in a larger container & use a stake for your plant to attach it's stems to. Firmly surround the stake with soil & the plant will do the rest! 

 

When planting outdoors refer to the USDA Zones the plant is hardy to (10-12). In these areas it will thrive year round in warm, humid weather. Establish your plant in a part shade area in well draining soil. If the soil is naturally salty in your region, move it to the patio or indoors. Apply a balanced fertilizer 3-4 times a year & the plant may grow 10 feet tall or more!! Because you are purchasing a starter plant from us we suggest you start your plant in a container inside before planting outside so it may grow to be a larger, established plant before set into the wild elements.

 

*With that being said, repetitive missed waterings can lead to an unhealthy, out of condition plant which is more susceptible to yellow leaves, insects, or other health conditions.

 

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  • SOIL
    Plant in a peaty, well draining soil in a pot with drainage holes or in a cache pot (one without a drainage hole) that includes a liner.

     

    LIGHT
    Monsteras can grow in virtually any area of your home. It will tolerate low light, but will grow faster with more dramatic leaf patterns when placed in a bright area. With that being said, direct sunlight will burn your Monstera's foliage so you'll want to avoid strong sunlight or areas directly inside a window. Windows magnify the sun's light, so if your placing your plant near a window make sure there is a good bit (at least 6 inches) of space between it & the glass.

     

    WATER
    You'll know when it's time to water your Monstera when the top 3/4 of the soil is dry. When watering saturate the soil well enough so there is water dripping from the drainage hole in your pot. If your pot sits on a saucer make sure to empty the saucer of any excess water to avoid your plant sitting in water for too long. Root rot is an easy way to kill your Monstera, so doing everything you can to make sure your soil & pot drain when watered is an easy way to keep your plant healthy. 

    In the winter, you can allow your plant to dry out a little more between waterings.

    PLANT MAINTENANCE
    In it's natural habitat Monstera deliciosa is a climber, using its aerial roots to cling to large trees, so once your plant reaches a relatively larger size you should provide it with (sometimes moss covered) support sticks or a trellis. If the aerial roots get unruly you can trim them, but it's best to just tuck them into the pot. Don't worry -- these roots won't damage walls or surfaces. 

     

    FERTILIZER
    Standard liquid plant fertilizer can be applied about once a month during the spring & summer growing seasons.

     

    REPOTTING
    When your Monstera outgrows it's current pot transplant it to a new pot a few inches larger in diameter & depth than the old one.

     

    HUMIDITY
    Monsteras are an easy house plant & will thrive in almost any environment, so humidity is not always necessary. BUT, if you want to accelerate it's growth or give your plant a treat you can gently mist it's foliage around once every week or week & a half. Misting is best done in the morning so the droplets have plenty of time during the day to evaporate. Lack of light & standing water on foliage can cause your leaves spot or mold, so giving the droplets time to vaporize is imperative.

     

    EXTRA CARE
    Monstera deliciosa leaves can grow to be relatively large. As the plant you are purchasing from us is a starter plant you won't have to worry about this step until it has grown bigger. Large leaves can collect dust even in the cleanest of homes. To keep your foliage clean & dirt free gently wiping them with a damp cloth will keep them clean & healthy. 

     

    PROPAGATION
    The best way to propagate your Monstera is air-layering. While it's a more involved process than most propagation methods, it might be well worth it if you want more of these beautiful plants. 

     

    *BE CAREFUL! Monstera leaves are mildly toxic to pets & humans. Typically ingestion will cause mouth & stomach irritation, possibly causing vomiting. We recommend pet parents stay clear of this plant or place it in an area your pets don't enter.

I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him.

- Henry David Thoreau; Journal 3 January 1853
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