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Tips to Care for Your Monstera Plant

Caring for your Monstera plant, or Swiss Cheese Plant or split-leaf philodendron, is simple and takes very little time. Our amazing plant care specialist Sue shares her tips on caring for your Monstera plant. Sue has a Monstera plant that she has cared and nurtured for over 43 years. It's remarkable.

We'd say that Sue knows a thing or two or five about Monstera plants.

Sue's 5 tips for caring for a Monstera plant:

  1. Easiest houseplants to grow. If you are looking to grow a houseplant, you will be very successful with a Monstera.

  2. Avoid direct sunlight. Avoid placing the plant near windows, doors, heating and colling vents.

  3. In the summer, water once every 1 to 2 weeks. In the winter, your plant will go dormant and need less water. Maybe watering every 2-4 weeks.

  4. Your Monstera will grow air roots. They are long, brown tubes that extend from the plant. You can prune one-third of the length of the air root. If you have many air roots, you can trim one-third of the roots, by one-third of their length at a time. Do not trim the air root off at the base of the plant.

  5. The Monstera plant is mildly toxic to pets. Please keep pets away from your Monstera plants.

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