Adam's Rib or Monstera Deliciosa: Care and Varieties

If you're into houseplants, chances are you want (or have) a Monstera. And if you don't already have one or want one, you will want one. It's impossible to resist its lush beauty, you can't help but be attracted by the refreshing retro-tropical feel of the unique silhouette of its leaves.

If you are already the proud owner of a Monstera or want to become one, it is worth knowing its basic care and what other varieties you can acquire to add to your collection.

Monstera care

  • How to water a Monstera

With Monstera too little is better than too much, so don't overdo it with the frequency of watering. Check the substrate before watering, it should be completely dry before watering again, as excess water will turn the leaves yellow and can attract pests and diseases. If in doubt, wait a couple of days.

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  • Lighting for Monsteras

As they are jungle species, they live in the shade of large trees, so place them in a spot that does not receive direct sunlight but is fairly bright. They tolerate poor lighting very well, but it is better if it gets some light during the day as it will grow bigger and better.

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  • Temperature and humidity

Monsteras are very hardy, to the point where they can tolerate winter temperatures outdoors. However, they are best kept indoors where the temperature fluctuates between 20 and 25°C, which is perfect for them. They love humidity, so you can spray them with water or keep them with other plants to regulate their environmental levels.

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Types of Monstera

  • Monstera Deliciosa

The most popular of all Monsteras, with giant leaves that fill with holes as they mature. Many new leaves, especially on young plants, are born without holes but subsequent leaves will come with the typical silhouette.

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  • Monstera Borsigniana

This is a variation of Monstera Deliciosa, very similar but grows faster and the holes look a little neater. The easiest way to tell them apart is to look at the leaf stalk. If where the leaf starts and joins the stem you see a small curled edge, it is a Borsigniana.

  • Monstera Variegata

This is the same species as the Monsteras Deliciosas, but with a variation in colour. The leaves are green with white, and may even have completely white leaves. They are rare and hard to find, so if you do find them, don't hesitate to buy them.

  • Monstera Adansonii

The leaves of this variety are a little smaller than those of Monstera Deliciosa, but the holes are larger, to the point of occupying 50% of the leaf. They look fantastic, because although the edges are straight, the natural holes give it a very exotic look.

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  • Monstera Siltepecana

This variety of monstera is characterised by large, teardrop-shaped leaves with small holes clustered around the midrib of the leaf. They are lighter green in colour than their more popular relatives.

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Dedicated to creating an army of cacti, succulents, poodles and cats to help me conquer the world. In the little free time I have left, I play, write and dance.

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