Philodendron Monstera aka Monstera Deliciosa is a species of evergreen tropical vine that is a part of Araceae, the aroid family. Native to the Tropical Americas, it is one of the few aroids which produces edible fruit, hence the species Epithet Deliciosa. However, it's incredibly rare that a Monstera will flower or produce fruit indoors. Instead, this plant is famous for its beautiful broad green leaves with natural leaf-holes, called fenestrations, which have led to the rise of its nickname, Swiss Cheese Plant. These holes are theorized to maximize sun fleck capture on the forest floor by increasing the spread of the leaf while decreasing the mass of leaf cells to support.
Thrives in bright indirect to medium light.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Monsteras can benefit from filtered water or leaving water out overnight before using.
Sick Plant Signs
Leaves turning brown and crispy at the edges: Thirsty plant, underwatered, or high salt build up
Wilting plant, dry potting mix: Underwatered, or pot-bound
Yellowing leaves or black stems, wet potting mix: Overwatered