Pay attention! This Monstera is not recommended if you have no or little experience with care and keeping tropical plants.
White is the new green! This is a very rare variant of the Monstera variegata with extremely white! It is thought that maintaining this beautiful 'alba' variants (almost) is not possible because they are so sensitive. They are indeed this; The more white, the more sensitive. Especially for drought and overexposure! But with the right care and experience, you can also let these special plants live and grow.
The beautiful leaves of the Monstera are not only decorative but it is also an air-purifying plant. In China, the Monstera symbol is a long life. Certainly this variation with the white sheet components is a real statement in your living room! Please note that these white leaf parts are somewhat more sensitive to transport. We do our utmost to pack them carefully and well!
Monstera Deliciosa and his scientific name is also called Split Leaf Philodendron (split sheet). Despite that name, it is not a member of the genus Philodendron. It belongs to the same family, the Araceae.
Monstera Deliciosa is originally from tropical forests in the south of Mexico to the south of Panama. In nature, this plant grows high in the leaf roof of the rainforest. In the house the Monstera rarely gets flowers, but in the tropics there will be white, chalical flowers. There are then also edible fruits to the plant, which must ripen for a year. The fruits would taste to a mixture of banana and pineapple, hence the name: Deliciosa.
The Monstera is also called the hole plant. This refers to the holes or slits in the leaves. Please note that the plant only develops holes in its adult leaves! If your monstera looks different, this may mean that your plant is not in the ideal circumstances.Then check the amount of light and water and adjust it if necessary. It is also an option to take the air roots of the plant and push it into the ground so that the plant can absorb more nutrients.
Monsteras appreciate a warm and humid environment, a good amount of water and soft sunlight. Place your Monstera where it can indirectly receive light. Although the plant can thrive at a low light level, it grows faster in a light place. So a place where it receives clear and indirect light is ideal.
The air roots of the Monstera grow from the pot as brown branches, these will not damage anything.In nature, they help to support the plant and to climb to achieve more light. When your Monstera gets too large it is possible to prune it.
Monsteras prefer soil that is constantly slightly moist. They are a little resistant to drought. As epiphytes with air roots, they are sensitive to too much water, so they don't want to sit in soaked soil. If the upper 2 centimeters of the ground is dry, the plant needs water again. Do not leave the pot in water because this causes root rot.
Usually yellowing leaves occur due to too much or enough water. If you see a combination of yellow and brown on the same leaf, this is usually due to too much water. If there are complete yellow leaves, this can be a shortage of water.
Larger plants can be repotted every one and a half to two years, in a not much larger pot. It is also possible to leave the pot size the same, to inhibit growth. Spring or summer is the ideal moment to repot because the plant is strongest. Although the plant usually grows slowly, it is advisable to use fertilizer in spring and summer (once a month) to stimulate new growth.It is important to use a low dose or the fertilizer good to dilute so that no salts accumulate in the ground. No fertilization is required in the winter. It is important to give your Monstera the opportunity to rest during the cooler time of the year.
Remember that every plant is a unique living creature and can have different needs.