Welcome to our guide to mixing the best monstera adansonii soil recipe. I run down all you need to know about mixing your own DIY soil for the monkey mask monstera…
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I run down all you need to know about monstera adansonii (monkey mask monstera) soil and mixing your own DIY soil….
What Do Monstera Adansoniis Need In Their Soil?
Normal potting compost
You want good soil that has plenty of organic matter in it. This is where the plant will get it’s nutrients from.
Monstera Adansoniis grow in forests and up trees and they love a chunky soil with bits of bark in it that keep the roots aeriated and the soil well draining,
Perlite aids drainage – it keeps the soil airy and stops it getting too soggy and clogged when wet.
Coir / Coconut Fibre
Coconut fibre improves drainage in the soil and helps to avoid overwatering and root rot. It functions a bit like perlite but has a better texture for the roots which is more like soil.
A Step By Step Guide To A Great Monstera Adansonii Soil Mix:
In summary, you want to buy the ingredients, measure them out, mix them and you’re done! I’ll run through in detail below…
Step 1 – Get What You Need
I use a mix of:
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Plus you need something to mix it in, two large containers/tube/bins or even an empty compost bag. You want two so you can pour the ingredients between them to mix them well.
Step 2 – Wash The Perlite And Prepare the Coco Coir
I soak the perlite and rinse a few times to get the white residue off it. I soak the coco coir brick too. They expand a lot (like more than times), you do not need much to get a lot of final material off it, take a corner off and soak it for an hour or so. Halfway through break it up and mix it with your fingers. You can add more water if needed.
Step 3- Measure And Mix The Soil, Perlite, Bark and Coir
Get a cup or bucket and measure out the parts in this ratio:
4 parts potting mix
2 parts orchid bark
2 parts perlite
1 part coir / coconut fiber
Use a cup or tub or even a plant pot and put the ingredients in a big bin. Then tip them all slowly into a second bin. Do this a few times to make sure they are really well mixed.
I then put it in a sealed bg. You don’t want to leave it open to pests like fungus gnats.
For more on soil and soil propagation see our soil propagation category, as well as our other monstera adansonii guides: Propagate Monstera Adansonii, Monstera Adansonii Variegated, Monstera Adansonii Care, Monstera Laniata Care, Monstera Adansonii Narrow Form.
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