Monstera dubia is part of the Araceae family and it’s native range is Mexico (Chiapas) to S. Tropical America, Trinidad. Leaves are cordate with silver speckles and in its juvenile form it will shingle up the bark of host trees, laying completely flat to the trunk. As the plant climbs the tree and eventually reaches the light of the canopy, the leaves will undergo morphogenesis, growing huge in size and developing fenestrations - this is rarely seen outside of its natural habitat.
Genus name perhaps comes from the Latin ‘monstrum’ meaning monster. The specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘dubia’, meaning doubtful, dubious.
Pot: ø 17cm
Height: Approximately 20cm from base of pot.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every few waterings during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: 21-27°C. No lower than 15°C.
Humidity: Monstera dubia prefer humidity greater than 60%. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Monstera dubia are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.