Monstera- Swiss Cheese Plant: The Queen
Well, HELLO plant lovers and friends. I am back and live with another lovely plant. The Queen plant in my eyes. The monstera deliciosa. (I promise you can love all these plants, and never have to say the names 100% correct. I can barely speak basic English nevertheless say a full-plant name.)
My monstera went through a huge rough patch, but she has pushed through. I have roughly 80 plants now and this beauty was one of the starts of my collection. She has been with me for TWO years now. My bestie got me my monstera as a gift, and I do not think I could ask for a better gift.
**** Care Tips will be at the bottom, but if you would like to know the journey keep reading (;
Fase Uno: This was the beauty monstera deliciosa. She was huge and lush! Outstanding. Breath-taking. Stunning. These big green leaves, and the ripes in the leaves. I found her on Pinterest. I have a plant board, and she popped up. I told everyone I was going to get a monstera deliciosa. but my friend beat me to it. I would love to say she grew bigger and better, but then I would just be lying.
Fase Dos; I am not quite sure what happened to my monstera deliciosa. I honestly probably 1.) did not replant in time, 2.) not giving enough sunlight, 3.) I was a shitty plant mom at the time, and that is OKAY. I always hear that "I do not have a green thumb." It is not about the ability to or enable but truly learning to challenge yourself. Sometimes failure happens in the process. (My top plants I have wanted, I have killed before, That did not stop me though from trying again.)
Fase Tres: Can we just really call this phase DEATH. Fase de Muerte. I went a whole year without replanting her. She grew leggy from not having bright indirect light, and she lost a ton of luscious leaves. The monstera deliciosa was no longer a deep green, but very light green. I would love it once I repotted her that she took off, but it took roughly a year. I had her in a west-facing window. She received bright direct light. I know people say to do bright indirect light. It would be bright for most of the day, and around six o'clock, she received direct sunlight for approximately an hour.
*****LOOK AT HOW MUCH SHE HAS GROWN!!! I ONLY REFFER TO HER AS A SHE BECAUSE I NEVER NAMED THIS BEAUTIFUL MONSTERA, SO IF YOU HAVE A SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW DOWN BELOW.
PLANT CARE FOR MONSTERA DELICIOSA:
Temperature: 65-80 Degrees Frahnheit (16-26 Degrees Celcius)
-I would keep there temperature around 72-74 Degrees Frahnheit
***Humidy gauger also tells the temperature
Soil: Well drained. I created a mixture of potting soil, bark, charocal, perlite, and worm casting. This just creates a nutritious soil. If you like to water your plants a lot, I suggest a little more bark and perlite, but if you are the type to forget to water, I would have more soil and add pea moss to hold moisture.
Humidity: THIS PLANT LOVES ITS HUMMIDIY (~60/80%). I kept my monstera deliciosa in roughly 68-72% of humidity. I do put my baby in the Georgia humidity for the summer, and she loves it.
This plant is toxic to humans and animals. Do not consume!
Propagation: THE EASIEST PLANT TO EVER PROPAGATE. Let me tell you. If you want more monstera babies all over your home, you simple just have to cut the plant below the airal root, and place it in water. From there the plant will start to grow roots, and once it has good strong roots, you just have to potted.
This plant is easy going, and a blast to have in the home. Sometimes it takes experience to learn what works best within in your home, so do not be afraid to try out a new plant!