This plant is not common. Finding cuttings or rooted plants can be a chore!
In the Peruvian rainforest, Monstera karstenianum has evolved to thrive in the diffused and filtered sunlight that shines through the forest canopy.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a forest canopy in your own home… you can achieve the same bright light conditions by placing the plant either a couple of feet from a direct light source, behind some blinds/screen, or you can make your own jungle terrarium.
North facing windowsills will be ideal for most homes, though the succulent-like leaves of Monstera Peru are more robust than most and can handle sporadic direct sunlight.
So, an East facing window should work too where they’ll receive some softer early morning sunlight.
Darker green leaf colouration typically suggests a plant can handle low light conditions, so this Monstera vine can be quite forgiving, but it’s not really one to thrive in the shade.
Despite being a tropical plant, the thick, waxy leaves of the Monstera Peru hint to its ability to retain water for long periods of time.
This paired with the fact that it’s a hemiepiphytic vining species (it climbs, but still plants shallow roots in the soil for support) means it’s used to getting quickly drenched and dried in the wild – not sat in the wet pot of an over-eager plant lover.
For us at home, this typically means the plant needs to be watered less than its tropical cousins (even within the Monstera genus).
You can let it dry out significantly between waterings without any issues, just look out for its normally stiff leaves beginning to curl.
Plant Type Vine, foliage
Lighting Moderate, indirect light
Watering Moderate, even moisture
Humidity Moderate humidity (50-70%)
Growth6-36 inches (can grow up to 12 feet!)
Mildly toxic to humans, and toxic to both dogs and cats
Plants and pots sold separately
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