Fruit salad plant

The most popular species of Monstera.
Common name : Fruit salad plant
Scientific name : Monstera deliciosa
Family : Polygonaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Large pot
Large pot
The specific epithet deliciosa means "delicious", referring to the edible fruit, while monstera means "monstrous," in reference to the size that this plant can grow to—over 30 ft (9.1 m) - in the wild. In your home it might still reach 6 ft - 2 meters high! The flower of M. deliciosa - extremely rare indoors - is composed of a special bract called a spathe enclosing a spadix and the inflorescences are adorned with a cream-white spathe uniform, velvety appearance, covering, like a hood, a yellowish white spike 10 to 15 cm high and 3 cm wide.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10a
Height 200 - 1000
pH 5 - 7

Plant my monstera

Plant preferably between October and the end of March. Choose a rather large pot, because your monstera will grow bigger after a few months. Use ordinary potting soil, possibly adding a layer of gravel. After planting, pour a watering can. Add some mulch if possible. Place it in the light, and always keep it above 15 ° C.

Water my monstera

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger.

Repot my monstera

Repot every two years in a slightly larger pot, or opt for replacement of the soil's top layer if you can not change the pot. Replace some of the potting soil and loosen the edge roots by pulling on it.

Spray my monstera

Spray the leaves once a month to remove dust and prevent spider infestations.

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