Monstera deliciosa is one of Australia's most popular plant. The plant is stealing the spotlight from the fiddle leaf fig which has been topping the indoor-plant charts for far too long.
Monstera has become so popular these days because it is easy to grown, the look and aesthetically pleasing Swiss-cheese leaves make a naturally beautiful statement in any home/office and finally they can be grown big or small making them the perfect indoor plant from small apartments to large open plan houses.
So where did Monstera deliciosa come from?
Firstly Monstera is a genus of 45 species of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas. The genus is named from the Latin word for "monstrous" or "abnormal", and refers to the unusual leaves with natural holes that members of the genus have.
In fact they are classified as a herb or evergreen vines and can grow up to 20 metres. They get so big because they use aerial roots which act as hooks. Their roots grow and act as support for the entire plant structure.
Their leaves can grow as big as 90 centimetres. Some of the Monstera varieties sell anywhere from $10 to $25000 depending on size and genus.
Growing a Monstera indoors.
Being that Monstera is a native of tropical rainforests from Mexico to Panama it should come to no surprise that they enjoy a warm, humid environment, which is why they are ideal as indoor plants. Don't get me wrong in some parts of Australia they thrive outside in the garden.
The team here at Hobby Hydro and Home Brew suggest placing your Monstera in a well-lit area in your house where the plant will be allowed to grow without constraints.
When it comes to watering we suggest watering one a week but highly recommend you polish the leafs on a regular basis to help unblock its pores and allow the plant to breath and absorb the moisture in the air. Of course if the plant is looking dry as well we suggest giving it a top up with water.
Potting is important part of a healthy Monstera.
As soon as you get your Monstera it is important to pot your plant properly. Monstera need a well-draining soil. It is very important to have extra draining holes to prevent it getting wet feet.
In the wild Monstera often grow onto other trees so it is important to provide something for its aerial roots to cling to.
Another important point to mention is that most Monstera often outgrow their pots every two to three years, we suggest always repotting it to promote growth. Alway transplant to a new pot that is a few inches larger in depth and diameter than the last.
We suggest purchasing a bag of Monstera Potting mix from here.
Monstera are beautiful plants and add elegance to any home. If you look after it properly and allow it to grow in its own little way you will will have a happy and healthy plant.
For any advice or to purchase a Monstera come visit the team at Hobby Hydro and Home Brew.