Monstera House Plants from Foli

Tips + tricks to keep your Monstera plant happy and healthy

Our Monstera are gorgeous! Maturing in our greenhouse, they are full of fenestrations (the split-leaf shape they've become famous for). These happy plants love sunshine, hydrated soil and the odd spin to allow for even growth!

Origin Story

The Monstera Deliciosa, also called the swiss-cheese plant named after its holy, fenestrated leaves, is one of 59 species in the Monstera genus. Its botanical name translates to 'Delicious Monster' aptly named due to its large, abnormal shaped leaves and the sweet tropical, cone-shaped fruit it bears.  Monstera's can be found in humid tropical forests, where they germinate in the lower canopy growing off other plants and extending their aerial roots upwards to grow towards the light which helps them to compete with other sun-starved plants.

Is a Monstera Plant easy to care for?

Monstera plant care is straightforward, and will reward you with plenty of new growth when given the right conditions! If you pay attention to your plant, it will tell you when it's thirsty with its droopy sad leaves. With the right lighting conditions and moderate watering you will be rewarded with plentiful jungle-like growth!

What type of sunlight does a Monstera require?

Your Monstera will be happiest when it is receiving bright sun, but not direct. If the sun is shining directly on your plant, it may scorch its foliage, leaving you with unsightly black spots. Near an East or South facing window would be ideal! If your Monstera's new leaves aren't splitting, this could be a sign that it needs more sunlight. During growing months in Spring and Summer, you should see regular new growth, these plants really grow!    If you're noticing little new growth, your Monstera likely needs some more rays!


How much watering is expected of a Monstera?

Over-watering is a common foe for new plant owners. This can result in yellowing leaves, root rot or fungal issues. Your Monstera's soil likes to be kept moderately moist. This means when the top 2-3" of the soil feels dry, it's likely ready for a drink. Watering frequency varies depending on lighting conditions, humidity levels and the season. If you're unsure, stick your finger in the soil, if the top few inches are dry it's ready for some water. If you've waited too long to water, your plant may display some tell-tale signs like limp stems and curling leaves, in most cases it should perk back up with a thorough soak.

Does a Monstera need humidity?

In nature Monstera's are found in humid, tropical forests. Though your Monstera will appreciate humidity, these conditions do not need to be directly mimicked to have a healthy Monstera grown indoors. In Winter the humidity in your home will drop. Some signs your Monstrera is lacking humidity are crispy brown edges, or yellowing curled leaves. To up your humidity levels you could mist your Monstera or place a humidifier close by. If you have a sunny sill in your bathroom, your Monstera will appreciate the extra steam from a hot shower.


Can I bring my Monstera outside?

Absolutely! Your Monstera will thrive outdoors when acclimatized properly.  It's important to do this slowly so your plant isn't shocked by the brighter outdoor conditions, which could result in sun-burned foliage. In Canada, it is important that temperatures are consistently above 15° when bringing your plant outdoors. Place your plant under a covered porch or a shady tree, it will still receive plenty of bright indirect light, similar to being in a forested canopy in nature. When bringing your plant indoors after its Summer vacation, be sure to give it once over for any pests it may have picked up.

Are Monsteras safe for pets?

Monstera sap contains oxalate crystals which if ingested will irritate your dog's mouth, throat, and stomach

Care Guide

Fun Fact

Frequently, climbing plants with aerial roots can cause damage to the surfaces they cling to. The good news is that Monstera's aerial roots are the well-behaved counterparts among aerial roots. They won't harm your interior; rather, they serve as additional support or a nutrient source for your plant.


  • Prefers bright indirect light. Place close to a south-facing window or in the next brightest alternative.
  • Avoid direct sun, as the leaves will burn.
  • Your Monstera loves humidity! Bright bathrooms or grouping it with other plants will boost humidity levels.
  • Try to position your plant away from blowing air, such as an air vent or gas fireplace.
  • Consistent sunlight can provide shorter inter-leaf spacing and more character in the leaves.


  • Water your monstera every 10–14 days.
  • If possible, water the roots of your monstera in the sink or shower, allowing excess water to drain fully out of the grower’s pot before placing it back in your decorative pot.
  • Keep the soil on the dryer side, allowing the top layer of soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Don’t allow your plant to sit in water. This will drown the roots and will make them susceptible to root rot.

Sad Signs

  • Brown and crispy leaf edges may indicate a thirsty plant or insufficient watering.
  • When your plant wilts due to a dry soil, it's often a sign of underwatering or the roots becoming pot-bound.
  • Yellowing leaves or blackened stems often result from overly wet soil, suggesting that your plant may be overwatered.

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