The Monkey Leaf Monstera or Monstera adansonii is a relative of the Monstera deliciosa we all know and love. This Monstera features wider fenestrations (holes) than its cousin, it is much smaller and its leaves are almost paper thin. This plant usually receives the nickname of Monkey Leaf or Monkey Mask as it apparently resembles the face of a cheeky monkey.
Size: 12cm diameter x 25cm height
Origin: Mexico and central America.
Light: Bright indirect light
Watering: Allow the top 2-3 cm of the compost to dry between waterings when the plant is actively growing, usually from spring through autumn. Reduce watering frequency in winter when light levels are lower.
Feeding: Use half the recommended strength of balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks from spring through autumn.
Soil: 3 to 1 parts of soil-based compost and sand or a well-draining potting mix.
Tip: The Monkey Leaf Monstera can be grown as a trailing plant in a hanging pot. Alternatively, you can also tie its stems to a mossy pole. This plant can be toxic if ingested, so we advise to keep it away from pets and children. Direct sunlight can leave sunburn marks on the leaves. Keep it away from drafts and radiators.
Did you know? There is much discussion about the true name of this plant. Some growers tag them as Monstera adansonii and others as Monstera obliqua, as both species share very similar characteristics.