The Majestic Monstera delicious is the first houseplant I became really attached to. Originating in Central America and the West Indies it is a jungle giant that retains some of its wild nature when brought inside.

Another reason I love this plant is that it can be tolerant of pretty tough conditions, surviving long periods of neglect and poor light. It grows vertically in the wild but indoors requires some support to keep it upright and prevent stem damage.

The aerial roots are a sign of a healthy plant and should not be removed but ideally encouraged by attaching to organic matter such as a moss covered pole. Those little roots carry food and water back to the leaves (amazing, huh!).

If your plant is kept outdoors it can produce an edible delicosa seed pop said to be pineapple flavoured (but don’t eat the rest of the plant!, like many houseplants it can be quite toxic).

Monsteras prefer indirect bright light (near a window). They will tolerate low light but won’t grow as well. A jungle plant, the monstera loves humidity and warm temperatures. Perfect for coastal Queensland if you ask me.

Freely in summer and during hot weather but doesn’t like to be waterlogged. Allow it to dry out between watering. Feed with fertiliser as needed during spring and summer.

Use a soft cloth dampened with water to wipe off dust and dirt. Why not pop it in the shower every now and again? Support the plant by attaching a sturdy stake covered with spaghnum moss.  Add wire mesh around the stake, then attach moss by pushing it through the mesh. When repotting, the stake is best inserted first before adding the plant and potting mix.

Uh oh!
Black patches on the leaves may indicate conditions are too cold or draughty (not likely here in CQ). Yellowing then browning leaves may mean overwatering. Pale yellow leaves are a sign of chlorosis, usually caused by a lack of nutrients or overwatering. Webs underneath the leaves indicate red spider mite.

Take care of your Monstera deliciosa and you will be able to enjoy this long living plant for decades to come.