Monstera Deliciosa in LECA

Monstera Deliciosa

monstera plant leaf

This is a common houseplant; it can be found in most large nurseries. It is a large plant; these things can get huge. They grow up and out, and given enough space and light, they can take over rooms.

It is generally called by its scientific name, Monstera Deliciosa, or just a Monstera for short, in the plant community. Though is sometimes referred to as the Swiss Cheese Plant.

It is also a very easy and forgiving plant to grow; they love water, which makes overwatering a nonissue. Some people leave their Monstera Deliciosa cuttings in water for months to years; as long as you change the water, they should do well in just water. I have a cutting in my fish tank, just living in the water, and it is thriving.

If you want to pot it up in a growing medium, I strongly recommend LECA. LECA is why I started this blog and why I sell cuttings. Once you have a rooted cutting, you should be able to transplant it into LECA immediately if you want.

So, What Is LECA?

It is a clay ball that wicks water from the bottom of the plant vessel to the plant roots. This means that overwatering is a thing of the past; as long as you have water in the bottom 1/3 of your container, your plant should thrive. It involves no soil, which means little to no risk of bugs, which was a huge selling point for me!

I go into much more detail on what LECA is and how to transplant your cutting; here, I strongly recommend LECA to all plant lovers. I use it exclusively and swear by it.

Light

Monsteras naturally love light, warmth, and humidity, as they are tropical plants. Give them a bright, sunny spot, and it will thrive. I put mine out on my sun porch last summer, and it promptly gave me three new leaves, all at once!

Watering

Monsteras do tend to be thirsty. Since I use LECA, I just make sure my plant has a reservoir every week, and it’s good to go. The frequency does change throughout the year.

Climbing

These plants get big and heavy, and they will need some serious support. I go through the different methods in more detail here. These plants also get lots of areal roots, which are just roots that help the plant latch onto trees for support, these will attach to the support pole and help it grow bigger leaves.

Growth

These plants start off as small green leaves; as they grow, you will start to get larger leaves with fenestration. Fenestration is just holes or slits in the leaves so that wind can pass through them in the wild. Big-leaved plants tend to have them to avoid breaking in the wind. This gives the Monstera Deliciosa a classic look that is unmistakable.

woman surrounded by plants
I found a HUGE Monstera in a restaurant in Florida, and simply had to take a picture with it

Overall, Monstera deliciosas are easy to care for, even more so if you put them in LECA, in my opinion. If you want to learn more about LECA, click here, for my quick start guide. I hope you love your new baby plant. I’d love to see how it grows! Feel free to DM me with questions; I really do enjoy my plants and want you to love them as well.

Feel free to message or DM me with questions. Love to talk all things plant and will gladly help you on your plant journey.

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