Plant Care – Monstera Siltepecana
Light: Place your Monstera Siltepecana under indirect sunlight and do avoid direct sunlight as it will cause its leave to turn yellow. Too much exposure to direct sunlight and high temperatures will cause the plant to dry up, and leaves to turn yellow and wilt.
Watering: Monsteras are tropical plants, which means they like to sit in moist soil. When it comes to watering, it needs to be watered as soon as the soil at the top of the pot is dry. You can check this by using a moisture meter or your finger. If the top 5 cm (2 inches) is dry, it’s time to water your plant. It’s best not to let the soil dry out too much because its leaves will start to droop. When this happens, you need to water the plant as soon as possible because your Monstera is at risk of drying out. Another sign that your plant is starting to dry out is when you notice brown and crispy edges on the leaves. If you water the Monstera too much or too often, the plant will also tell you. When you overwater the monster, its leaves will turn yellow. When you let the plant tell you what it wants, it’ll be easier to help it thrive. Because the plant tells you when something is wrong, it makes this plant perfect for beginning plant owners.
Re-potting: Monsteras grow relatively fast. This means that it’s always a good idea to get a pot that’s a little bigger than its roots currently are. This gives the plant plenty of space to grow. If your monstera does well and grows consistently, you have to repot it about every two years. That’s when it starts to outgrow the pot it’s currently in, and it’ll need more space. If you think that it has grown enough and you don’t want it to grow any larger, you can also choose to stop repotting it and prune it back to a size that you prefer. This helps to keep the growth in check.
Fertiliser: The Monstera doesn’t require much of it, not even in the growing phase. We recommend using a general houseplant fertiliser with a balanced NPK ratio (15-15-15) to fertilise the plant. For variegated monsteras, choose a fertiliser with a Nitrogen ratio of less than 14.
Soil: Monsteras like moist soil but don’t deal with wet soil very well. To help give the Monstera the right amount of moisture to thrive in, you should use well-draining soil. You can avoid letting water sit at the bottom of the pot by choosing a pot with a draining hole at the bottom. The soil will retain all the water your Monstera needs to thrive, but any excess will be drained from the bottom. This helps you avoid overwatering and root rot.
Humidity: Monsteras love humidity. They thrive in highly humid places because it resembles their native environments. Because of this, it’s a great idea to mist your Monstera every day.
Fun Facts about the Monstera genus: Monstera is a genus of 45 species of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas. The best-known representative of the genus is Monstera Deliciosa. Monstera Deliciosa is also known as the Fruit Salad Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Ceriman, Swiss Cheese plant, and Windoleaf, amongst others.
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