Welcome to our guide to monstera lechleriana care…
Monstera Lechleriana Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if top 70% of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A well diluted balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining soil with 20% perlite.|
|Temperature:||18°C to 27°C (64-81°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Browning and yellowing leaves due to overwatering.|
The monstera lechleriana is similar to the adansonii with oval shaped leaves with fenestrated holes, we cover all you need to know to care for its funky foliage.
Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far.
Monstera Lechleriana Light Needs
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is good for your monstera lechleriana, they do not want to get direct sun though.
How Often to Water
The best thing to do is to check the soil weekly but only water the plant if almost all of the soil, 70% or more, is dry. Flush them with water but then let all the water drain off before putting the pot back in its external container.
Tip: check the soil with your finger and only water it when the soil is mostly dry. They must not sit in heavy, wet soil.
Feed your lechleriana a well diluted balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
Monstera Lechleriana Soil
You can use a standard potting compost but add 20% perlite to give it more drainage.
For more on buying or making your own soil, see our guide here: Monstera Soil.
When To Repot
You can repot them when the roots get crowded and they outgrow their current pot. Make sure you check them at Easter time so that you can pot them up a size in spring if they need it. This way they’ll have plenty of room to grow when they need it.
50-60% is great for a monstera lechleriana. They’ll be fine a bit less, but you can mist them daily to up the humidity.
18-27°C (64-81°F) is ideal, a bit higher or lower will be ok. Do not let them get too cold in winter, move them back from the the window if it is really cold.
Monstera Lechleriana USDA Zone
They can survive outside in zones 11 and 12.
Monstera Lechleriana Propagation
You can propagate them by rooting them in water and moving to soil after a month or so when they are established. After taking a cutting et the wound callous over for a few hours then put the cuttings in a jar of water. A clear jar is ideal so you can see the root growth. After a 4 to 6 weeks when there a re a few roots you can move it to soil. Keep it humid with bag over the propagation but slightly open so that air can move, but the humidity is high. Once it starts to grow new leaves from the top of the plant you can treat it as a juvenile plant.
Monstera Lechleriana Vs Laniata
You can tell the difference between the monstera lechleriana and laniata, as lechleriana has much thinner holes, the laniata has 2 more rows of holes close to the leaf center.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They are toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and numbness. So seek vets advice immediately if your pet eats any.
For more on different types of monsteras see our monstera category with all our monstera care guides.
Monstera Lechleriana Vs Acuminata
The acuminata has a lot of holes, and about equal hole-to-leaf ratio, where as the lechleriana has thin lateral holes and more leaf than hole.
Monstera Lechleriana Vs Adansonii
You can tell the difference by looking at the holes, the adnasonii has holes that are distributed fairly evenly over the leaf and are round, the lechleriana has thinner oblong holes.
Monstera Lechleriana Vs Epipremnoides
The difference between a monstera lechlriana and monstera epipremnoides (esqueleto) is really easy to tell as the epipremnoides / esqueleto has a lot more holes, in fact the leaves are more hole than leaf. The lechlriana has holes down the center of the leaf and a lot more leaf surface showing around them.
Monstera Lechleriana Origin
The lechleriana is found in Central and South America from Venezuela to Mexico.
Monstera Lechleriana Variegata
There are variegated lechlerianas for sale, with a marbled green and white variegation. They go for huge sums of money due to being very rare.
Where To Buy
Monstera Lechleriana Care FAQs and Common Problems
Browning and yellowing leaves occur due to overwatering. Make sure you have a regular watering schedule but do not water if the soil is too wet.
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