Our January Plant Of The Month:
(Swiss Cheese Plant)
Hello, 2021! It’s a new year so that means new plants! Was your new year’s resolution to become a plant parent or just to get a new plant to spruce up the place? Monstera plants are perfect for beginners & a great way to a greener household.
Origin & Fun Facts
(so you can be the expert)
Native To: Mexico & Panama
In The Wild: They can be found in tropical forest climates.
Species: Monstera Deliciosa
Fun Fact: This plant can withstand tough rain conditions outdoors due to the holes within the leaves. They also gain their species name “Monstera Deliciosa” and uncommon name, “Fruit Salad Plant” because they actually produce fruit in the wild! The fruit can be toxic before it is ripe, so if you ever spot one in the wild with fruit, don’t eat it until you are sure it is completely ripe.
Caring is Preparing
(for the elements)
Monstera plants require moderate to bright indirect light.
Place near a window where it can receive some bright light throughout the day but don’t place it in direct sunlight.
They can survive rain but we recommend keeping your outdoor Monstera in a full shaded area to avoid sunburn.
Allow your Monstera plant to dry out between waterings. Watering them evenly and moderately will prevent root rot and underwatering. We recommend checking the soil once to twice a week if it is indoors, if left outside in warmer weather we recommend checking the water source based on rainfall and sunlight.
Signs of too much water:
Leaves turning yellow, brown, or black.
Signs of too little water:
If your leaves are curling or drying out it may need more water!
Styling a Monstera
(in the perfect location)
The beauty of a Monstera plant is that it can be put anywhere to add some tropical greenery to your home. If you repot as it grows, it can even grow bigger. If you are trying to keep it on the smaller side, repot it less and trim. Place in the corner of a room or office or even in a living room as a statement plant.
Keeping your Monstera in the shade, a front or back porch is usually the best option for styling outdoors. You could even plant them in the ground at the base of a tree if you want them to climb and grow even larger!
Monstera plants are mildly toxic to humans and pets. If your pets like to chew on your plants, we recommend keeping these outdoors or out of reach.