In general monstera adansoniis are relatively easy to care for and are not fussy, just give them a decent amount of light, water sparingly and mist them every now and again...
Monstera Adansonii Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight is best but they can tolerate low or medium light too.|
|Watering needs:||Water once a week if dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Balanced feed, once a month in summer.|
|Soil:||Rich, well draining|
|Humidity:||High end of normal household humidity – mist them when watering|
|Temperature:||High end of normal household temperatures.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Monkey mask monstera, Adanson’s monstera.|
|Common issues:||Can be susceptible to pests.|
The monkey mask monstera aka the monstera adansonii is a small vine-like relative of the monstera deliciosa. They look brilliant growing up moss poles or being allowed to hang down naturally. We run down the key monkey mask monstera care and propagation in this article…
Monstera Adansonii Propagation
You can propagate an Adansonii by water propagation. I like this method as you can see the roots grow, and the plant will survive in just the water so you can have them as centerpieces around the house.
You just need to take a cutting that includes a node (the part where the plant branches out from) and then place it in water.
Here is one of our cuttings that has been in water for a few months:
Sphagnum moss is also a great method. Especially with Monstera Adansonii as you can sometimes get a lot of nodes close together – they can all be cut into separate pieces and put in wet sphagnum moss in a tub or bowl. Then each one has a chance of producing a new plant.
Sometimes with monkey mask monsteras you get stems with no leaves on, these are great for the sphagnum moss method – you just cut them into pieces (a node for each cutting) and then you get can a lot of new plants from what would otherwise be old stems.
Some node cuttings before putting in sphagnum moss:
The node cuttings in moss:
See our article on Monstera Propagation for more detailed info.
M. Adansonii Care
The key to Monstera Adansonii care is to let it almost dry out between watering as can be prone to root rot.
Can M. Adansonii Live In Low Light?
They like indirect sunlight, and will do well with a lot or a little, they are not too fussy when it comes to light honestly.
How Often to Water
Monsteras like moist soil but they do not like their roots to sit in water permanently. I go to water my monkey mask monsteras once a week but if I put my finger in the soil and it is still wet, it is a good idea to hold off another week.
Why Is My Monstera Adansonii Drooping?
If your adansonii is drooping the most common reason is under or overwatering, so check the soil and see if it is dry or wet to remedy the situation.
M. Adansonii Fertilizer
You can feed your monkey mask monsteras with balanced fertilizer in the hotter months.
M. Adansonii Soil Need
A peat based, well draining soil is perfect for an adansonii.
M. Adansonii FAQs and Common Issues
Common issues with monsteras are scale insects and spider mites. You can treat these by spraying with a solution of diluted washing up liquid.
When To Repot
You can repot these in spring. I normally take a few cuttings about a month before repotting and then add them in when repotting to fill out the new bigger pot.
M. Adansonii Humidity
Should I Mist My Monstera Adansonii?
It is a good idea to mist the monstera adansonii occasionally when watering. They are tropical plants after all!
Monstera Adansonii Temperature
The warmer side of average household temperatures are good for these tropical plants, but avoid cold temperatures so move them back from cold windows in the winter for example.
Where To Buy Monstera Adansonii
They are a lot less rare than they used to be, and pop up in most plant shops as well as Amazon, Ebay, Etsy and local marketplaces etc.
Other Names for Monstera Adansonii
Monkey mask monstera, Adanson’s monstera.
Does Monstera Adansonii Grow Fast?
The adonsonii grows fairly fast if given the correct conditions, especially over the warmer summer months.
Can You Grow Monstera Adansonii In Water?
Yes you can, cuttings will survive indefinitely in water if given decent light conditions.
Is Monstera Adansonii Rare?
The Monstera Adansonii is not very rare at the moment, it has become readily available due to being quick and easy to propagate. However the variegated variety is extremely rare and currently reaches crazy prices – often over 1000 euros/dollars for a small plant! See our Monstera Adansonii Variegated article for more info.
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