How to Grow Monstera

Here’s how to grow the #instafamous Swiss cheese plant in your own home.

  • Plant in very well-drained soil and in a container with drainage holes.
  • Water when the top of the soil feels dry, and mist regularly.
  • Place in bright, indirect light in a room with plenty of space to grow.
  • Feed it regularly to support its growth.
  • Prune for size-control, but never more than a third of the plant.
  • Keep leaves clean with a soft, wet cloth.

If you have an Instagram account, chances are you've come across Monstera deliciosa on your favorite gardening accounts. Planting monstera has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason: Its lush, broad, heart-shaped leaves add beauty and interest to any indoor space. Your home will have a tropical vibe, even in the dead of winter. And the bonus is, monstera care is pretty laid-back, too.

In its native rainforest habitat, monstera produces flowers and fruit, and can climb upwards of 60 feet tall. Yes, you read that right—they are gentle giants out in the wild. Don't worry: In a container indoors, monstera will only reach around 2 to 3 feet tall. Whew!

How To Plant Monstera

When planting monstera, use very well-drained soil. Miracle-Gro® Indoor Potting Mix's lightweight medium will do the trick, plus provide plenty of nutrients to start it off right. Place your monstera in a container that will allow for some growth (but no more than 1-2 inches wider than its current container), because this is a fast-growing plant when it's happy. In fact, significantly slowed growth is a telltale sign it's ready for an upgrade (another is if its roots are showing). Make sure the pot has drainage holes with a tray to catch excess moisture underneath. If the plant begins to droop, add wooden stakes to help lift up those hefty leaves. Your monstera will appreciate the support.

Where To Grow Monstera

Monsteras need lots of space because they don't just grow up, they grow out, too. It probably isn't the best choice for a studio apartment or small living room, since its full size will be around 3 feet wide (but hey, we also can't blame you if you like to cuddle with your plants!). If you do have the room for it, help it achieve its full glory. Place monstera in bright, indirect light. Avoid putting it right in front of your sunny window or in a dark corner. Rotate your plant if you start to notice the leaves are leaning toward the light or not developing as well on the side farthest from the window. Parents of kids and pets alike, take note: Monstera is toxic when ingested in large quantities, so it's best to keep it out of reach of curious minds.

How To Water Monstera

Water monstera when the top 1-2 inches of soil feels dry. You'll likely water about once a week, although this may vary depending on your home's humidity level. Because it's a rainforest plant, monstera will also love a spritz with a spray bottle about once a week to remind it of its jungle origins.

How To Feed Monstera

You want your monstera looking it's best and brightest in your home—and on social media! Begin a regular fertilizer plan for your plant since it is an active grower. Miracle-Gro® Indoor Plant Food (according to label directions) will give it a vital boost and replace any nutrients that may have run out while watering.

How To Prune Monstera

Monsteras will need occasional pruning of dry or dead leaves and any branches that have gone wild. You can also prune to help control its size, but save most of the major primping for spring so it's all set for a big growth spurt. Use a sharp set of shears to make clean cuts at the nodes. Don't get too crazy; removing more than a third of your plant may cause it to have trouble rebounding.

How To Clean Monstera Leaves

Monstera's large leaves will inevitably collect dust. They need regular cleaning not just for aesthetics, but also so they can absorb the proper amount of light. (In other words, don't just do it for the likes.) Every week or so, clean your monstera's leaves with a soft, damp cloth. It's a win-win.

Sure, your new monstera will probably earn you some double-taps on the ‘gram. But more importantly, it will add gorgeous tropical greenery to your home. Pot one up today and enjoy the lush beauty only monstera can bring.