How to Trim a Monstera Deliciosa

Overview

Commonly known as the split-leaf philodendron, the Monstera deliciosa is not in fact a philodendron, but a close relative. It is a perennial climbing vine, native to the world’s tropical regions. Although generally grown as a houseplant, M. deliciosa is hardy outdoors for gardeners living in USDA plant hardiness zones 10a through 11. Prune the Monstera during warm weather.

Step 1

Cut the M. deliciosa 1/2 inch below a node. The amount that you trim doesn’t matter--the plant will recover. You can stick the cut portions in a glass of water to root if you wish

Step 2

Cut the entire plant to within 1 foot of the soil if it is leggy and overgrown. Again, the cut portion can be rooted in water.

Step 3

Clean all pruning debris from the soil around the M. deliciosa and discard it. If left on the soil it will provide a breeding ground for pests.

Tips and Warnings

  • All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested, and sensitive individuals may develop an allergic reaction when handling the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears or loppers

References

  • University of Vermont: Monstera Deliciosa
  • “Foliage Houseplants”; James Underwood Crockett; 2001
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Raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Victoria Hunter has been a freelance writer since 2005. With a background in real estate sales, she blogs professionally and provides articles to national and regional real estate websites and publications. She also writes on gardening topics and about travel to Hawaii and Las Vegas. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.

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