Monstera (also known as Swiss Cheese Plant) are species of evergreen tropical vines/shrubs.
This beauty comes from Central America. Below are instructions on how to care for this prize plant collectors’ piece. I have based the instructions provided from the care of my Monstera (Duchess Marie). This information is critical to those who live in colder climates.
The Duchess prefers bright indirect light. My suggestion is to keep your monstera close to an east-facing window. Please note that during the colder months, you must monitor your plant’s warmth. If you are to place near a window, make sure no cold drafts are hitting your plant. I have covered the corners of my windowsill with blankets since Chicago apartments rarely have decent window ventilation. Also, to receive adequate lighting during the colder months, one may consider purchasing a grow light lamp. I have purchased one from soletch solutions. I have the plant about 45 inches away from the grow lamp and she receives 10 hours of light each day.
HUMIDITY AND TEMPERATURE:
The Duchess prefers a humid environment. She is placed near a humidifier that is used every night and receives frequent misting. The monstera plant prefers temperatures from 73 degrees F to 85 degrees F. This is a tropical plant, so the correct warmth and humidity are critical for her survival.
I water the Duchess every 7-10 days. I make sure to always check the soil before watering. The best test is sticking your finger into the soil. If the soil seems wet to the touch- DO NOT WATER. If it feels dry (the best indicator is to stick your finger into the soil, if it is dry past your fingernail) then it’s time to water. For each watering, I always include one tablespoon of Monstera plant food (picture included) in the watering container. This is specialized fertilizer will allow your plant to be happy throughout the entire year.
Treat pests as soon as they appear with weekly sprays of horticultural (neem) oil and regular wipe-downs of the plant.