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Houseplant of the month: monstera

Get to know our July houseplant of the month – marvelous Monstera!  

As one of the most iconic houseplants that almost everyone will instantly recognise, the Monstera has been loved for decades for its large, dramatic, tropical leaves – and since they’re relatively easy to take care of and make a real statement piece in any room, it’s no wonder they’re such popular houseplants

Keep reading our blog to find out more about the unique, easy going Monstera – from care tips to fun facts


Popular monstera varieties

Native to the shadowy jungle floors of South America, there have been close to 50 eclectic species of Monstera discovered – from little to large, and even in different colours. Here are some of our favourites

Monstera deliciosa

The Monstera deliciosa is the most popular variety of all Monsteras. It has the classic large, glossy green leaves we all know and love. Care for it properly and it will keep growing larger and larger, giving you a real tropical jungle look to your interior design

Monstera Thai constellation

This variegated kind of Monstera is rarer, so if you’re a houseplant collector you’ll want this one in your collection! Its stunning cream coloured splashes on its leaves look like a starry night sky, so this plant really stands out from the crowd. Just remember this variety requires lots of bright, indirect sunlight to maintain its colour

Monstera little sister

If you don’t have a lot of space for a gigantic Monstera, then don’t worry! The Monstera little sister variety is a great substitution. It has everything a regular Monstera has, except that it’s adorably miniature and fits perfectly on shelves, tables and desks

Monstera adansonii

This variety is more commonly known as the monkey mask plant because the shape of the leaves and its holes are said to look like a monkey’s face. This is another beautiful variety of Monstera to add to your collection if you’re looking to save some space, but still want the dramatic qualities of the normal plant

Monstera variegated

Monsteras come in several eclectic varieties – the most unique being a variegated kind which has bold, pale splashes on its leaves. We’ve already spoken about the Thai Constellation variety, but there are many other variegated Monsteras with larger, unique speckles you can own to add even more diversity to your houseplant collection


How to care for your monstera

Monsteras are surprisingly easy to care for and tolerant to low light and watering, but if you want to grow an impressive plant then we’ve pulled together an easy-to-follow care guide:

Light: Monsteras will survive in semi-shade, but taller varieties will grow better somewhere that gets lots of light. However, make sure it’s not in direct sunlight or its leaves will burn. Dust the leaves regularly to allow them to absorb more light

Water: Lightly water, letting it dry out between waterings. Only water again once the top inch or two of soil is dry

Humidity: Monsteras love a moist atmosphere. Mist their leaves every few days and your plant will be happy – especially if your heating is on and the air is drier!

Temperature: Keep your Monstera at a temperature between 15°C and 30°C

Soil: Monsteras thrive in a well-drained, moisture-retaining houseplant mix

Feeding: Once a month in spring and summer, feed your Monstera with a liquid fertiliser and it will grow big and strong. As your Monstera grows, make sure to support it with a moss pole

Repotting: While Monsteras grow quite quickly, only repot them in spring when the roots start to appear from the pot



Monstera plants will survive just about anywhere. Any bright room with indirect sunlight will keep your Monstera happy. Keep it away from draughty areas or heaters blowing out dry air. If you want to grow a bigger variety, then it will need a big room with lots of space to allow it to grow large


Fun facts about monsteras

  • The Latin name ‘Monstera deliciosa’ literally means ‘delicious monster’. It might sound strange, but wild Monsteras bear edible fruit. However, the kinds we keep in our homes are not edible – so keep them away from curious cats, dogs, and little ones

  • If you’re wondering why Monsteras have such a trendy and retro vibe to them, it’s because they were also incredibly popular houseplants in the 1970s, making a comeback in the 2010s

  • An indoor Monstera can grow up to 8 feet tall! And its leaves can grow up to 3 feet wide

  • There’s a reason Monstera has grown to develop these signature leaf holes and splits – also known as fenestrations. It happens because it’s used to growing in shade in its natural jungle environment. The gaps in the leaves allow sunlight to reach the lowest foliage, keeping all parts of the plant happy and healthy. You might notice young Monstera plants won't have fenestrations, but they’ll soon develop as the plant grows larger and matures

  • Monsteras have many common names. You may know them as custard plants, fruit salad plants, or their most popular nickname – the Swiss cheese plant, due to the distinctive holes in its leaves