Monstera DubiaRegular price $199.99 Save $-199.99
The plant comes from tropical rainforests of Central and South America. The leaves of young plants have a silvery top surface with contrasting green veins. The silver areas become especially bold when grown in bright light. The purpose of the shingle-like growth is not completely understood by botanists. Like most vines in the Aroid family, the leaves make a radical transformation when the plant grows taller and climbs into brighter light. Once the vine reaches about 6 feet tall, the leaves grow much larger and become perforated. I keep my plant pruned shorter, so it maintains its shingled growth indefinitely. The juvenile leaves are about 2 to 3 inches long, while adult leaves reportedly can get over 4 feet long - possibly the largest of all Monstera species!
It is easy to grow when given the right conditions. It prefers temperatures above 60 degrees F. It can tolerate cool conditions, but it probably can't survive frost. It likes bright light, although it might need some protection from strong afternoon sun. It grows well in a pot in a loose, fertile soil mix enjoyed by most tropical Aroids. A typical mix is equal parts of fine-grain orchid bark, potting soil, and perlite or pumice rock. Try to keep the soil evenly moist, and give regular, light feedings. Over about 50% humidity is recommended.