If you are in love with plants, it is most likely that some of them are your favorites. In homes we cannot have all the species that we like, but sometimes we find some specimens that catch our attention. As the Monstera adansonii.
If you would like to know more about the Monstera adansonii, such as its characteristics, care and some other curiosity, then we have prepared all the information you need.
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Features Monstera adansonii
The first thing you should know about the Monstera adansonii is that it is a plant native to Central America. Although it comes from a totally different climate from ours, it adapts well to the environment, although it requires a series of important care so that it can develop properly.
La Monstera adansonii it is characterized by its leaves. These are of a very striking greenish color but, what causes the most sensation are the holes in the leaves, as if some worm had eaten them, like cheese with holes. This only occurs in the Monsteras genus and at no time does it mean that she is sick, but in fact she is. Of course, when the leaves grow, they will come out complete (without holes) and it will be when they begin to mature and become large that they will begin to have those spaces between the leaves.
You can have as a climbing plant (it is what it is) or as a hanging plant. It is not too big (in fact compared to the other species of the genus it is one of the smallest) which allows its growth to be controlled.
Caring for the Monstera adansonii
In stores, the Monstera adansonii it is common to see it, and in fact it usually has an affordable price for its purchase. But before doing so, we recommend that you know how to take care of it since, in addition to requiring high environmental humidity (more than that of other species of the same genus), it needs more aspects to consider:
We assume that the Monstera adansonii does not tolerate cold. When the temperature of a home or the environment itself drops below 18 degrees, the plant begins to suffer and will cause its growth, which is already slow, to stop and even dry out completely.
Therefore, in addition to having an indoor location, you have to make sure that it will always have a constant temperature, between 20 and 25 degrees.
Light for Monstera adansonii
The lighting theme of this plant is very important. It likes to be in a semi-shady area, but at the same time it requires a lot of clarity and, also, an indirect light.
The sun is not doing well, because it burns its leaves.
And how will you know if it has enough light? Well, with a characteristic of many indoor plants: if you notice that the leaves have yellow and black spots, it is that the sun has passed over them and has left "marks" on them. The normal thing is that the leaves always remain in an immaculate green; so if you lose it or those spots come out, try moving it around a bit.
Irrigation of the Monstera adansonii it is complicated for many since they fear to water more or less. In general, in the summer you have to do it more times, especially if you live in an area where the heat makes an appearance since dawn.
To give you an idea, in winter the plant can be watered once every 10 days, with sprays on the substrate and on the leaves. In summer, however, it can be a minimum of once a week, or, if you live in a hot area, every day, controlling the spraying of leaves and substrate.
Note that this plant likes humidity very much, but does not want a waterlogged soil for that, nor have water always at its base. In fact, if you leave it, you risk root rot.
During spring and summer, the Monstera adansonii has its growth period. But, as we have told you before, it is a plant that grows very slowly, so giving him support to do so is always good. For this, we recommend liquid fertilizer for green plants. You put it in the water and water with it. Of course, do not put everything in the container, for these plants it is better to take less.
La Monstera adansonii it does not produce flowers. It doesn't actually produce flowers indoors. But outdoors, and in their natural habitat, they can.
Diseases and pests
That you know that the Monstera adansonii it is a very resistant plant, like its 'sisters'. In fact, does not attack him or her cottony mealybug, neither the spider mite nor the aphid. It also does not attract insects, so if you are one of those who does not like to see bugs, with this you will not see them.
Curiosities of the Monstera adansonii
One of the curiosities you should know about the Monstera adansonii is that also it is known by another name: 'Swiss cheese'. The reason is very simple, since it refers to those holes in its leaves, similar to the holes in Swiss cheese.
Have you asked yourself why do you have holes in the leaves? In fact, as we have told you, it is the only genus that has leaves like this, and it does so because they evolved from their natural habitat. In the area where these species grow there is a lot of wind, and to resist it without ending the broken leaves, they created this system in such a way that the wind passes through the holes in the leaves without causing the plant to suffer.
And speaking of the leaves, It may be the case that these do not come out pierced, it's possible? Yes, at first they come out complete, and it is with time that holes appear. But if they do not come out and the leaf is ripe, you have three reasons for it: lack of water, lack of light or cold. If you are trying to change its location, water it more or control the temperature (we recommend that you do it one by one) you will know what happens to your plant.
Now that you know a little more about the plant, you will have a better chance of caring for it properly in your home. Do you dare to have a Monstera adansonii?