Split-Leaf Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa Plant Care


Although Monstera deliciosa thrives outdoors in warm regions, such as Florida and Hawaii, many people commonly grow it as a houseplant. Monstera deliciosa, also known as split-leaf philodendron, is a climbing vine native to Central America’s rain forests. The young Monstera’s leaves are solid, developing their holes, or splits, in maturity. You should plant Monstera deliciosa in a loamy potting mixture.

Step 1

Maintain daytime temperatures between 80 and 85 degrees F and nighttime temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees F.

Step 2

Place Monstera deliciosa in an area where it will receive filtered sunlight. It can do well in shadier locations of the home, but the leaves may not develop the characteristic holes.

Step 3

Water Monstera to keep the soil evenly moist during the growing season. In winter, allow the top inch of soil to dry prior to watering.

Step 4

Fertilize the Monstera with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer, diluted to half the recommended strength, every two weeks during the growing season.

Step 5

Redirect the thick, aerial roots back into the pot as they grow long enough.

Step 6

Clean the foliage monthly with a soft, damp sponge or cloth.

Tips and Warnings

  • All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Sponge


  • Cornell Cooperative Extension: Special Care Of Those Houseplants
  • "The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual"; Barbara Pleasant; 2005
  • Indoor Plant Care: Monstera Deliciosa
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