Monsteras at a Glance
There are over 40 species of monstera all native to Central America. Monsteras’ unique leaves are adorned with hole formations that give it their signature look. and have earned it the nickname of “Swiss Cheese Plant.” The most common varieties include the Monstera deliciosa and the Monstera adansonii. They are easygoing houseplants that do really well indoors, which has made Monsteras very popular among beginner plant parents.
Sunlight: Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as this could cause burning of the leaves.
Water: Once every 1-2 weeks. Allow soil to dry in between waterings.
Soil: Moist, well-draining soil.
Humidity: Best in humid conditions, but can do well in moderate humidity. Misting it regularly is recommended.
Toxicity: Toxic to pets.
Propagation: Best by cuttings.
Monstera Care Information
Monsteras are generally low maintenance and easy to care for. They usually remain pest free and require basic watering, sunlight, and humidity conditions to thrive.
The Monstera adansonii features medium-sized, heart-shaped leaves that go on to develop holes as the plant matures. This trailing plant is great to keep in a hanging pot to show off its cascading foliage or also attached to a totem pole for it to climb. They are great houseplants as they are easy to care for and also add lots of personality to any space!
The Monstera deliciosa is one of the most known types of Monsteras. The Monstera deliciosa’s leaves allow it to survive in tropical rainforests where heavy rain is common, and also allow sunlight to reach the forest floor through the splits and holes in the leaves. This climbing plant can reach about 8 feet tall when kept indoors. Given how big they can get, this plant is best suited for larger living areas in your home.
Botanical name: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
This houseplant is commonly known as the Mini Monstera or Monstera Ginny. However, it is actually not part of the Monstera genus, it is actually of the Rhaphidophora genus. It originates from Southeast Asia and is considered rare. The Monstera Ginny features split leaves that resemble that common of Monsteras. It is a climbing plant that will enjoy a totem pole or trellis when kept as a houseplant, and could grow to be 12 feet tall with the right support.
This rare monstera originates from the rain forests of Central America and, like the regular swiss cheese monstera, strives best with good humidity and indirect light. Young plants have solid leaves which split and become more fenestrated as the plant matures. Whereas the monstera deliciosa has holes in the leaves, the splits on Monstera pinnatipartita's leaves extend all the way from the edge to the midrib. It is a slow climber and a rare collectible.
Monstera Thai Constellation
The Thai Constellation monstera is an absolute showstopper and is considered pretty rare. This variegated monstera features a yellow to cream variegation pattern that resembles a splatter on its leaves. This variant of the Monstera deliciosa was actually developed in a tissue culture lab in Thailand, where it got its name. Same as the Monstera deliciosa, it is not a difficult plant in terms of care and can grow up to 8 feet when kept as a houseplant.