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Split-Leaf Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa Plant Care

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017
Monstera deliciosa is sometimes referred to as the Swiss cheese plant.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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


Things You Will Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Sponge


  • All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.

About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.